Vadim Stepanov (1969) is undoubtedly one of the most prominent Israeli artists in today’s contemporary Surrealist art scene both local & international. The artist is originally from the small Russian town of Susuman, the second of two sons in a simple wood-carver’s family. He says he showed no special talent for art as a youngster, although “like all children,” he enjoyed drawing. It was just that his subject was, to say the least, unconventional. Stepanov gained renown and experience as an apprentice at the prestigious Leonid Puryigins’ studio in his home country of Russia. In the early 90s Stepanov immigrated to Israel and settled in the heart of Jaffa, then showing early signs of a future hub for the Israeli artist community. A progressive pioneering move at the time. Stepanovs’ works are mostly large scale or medium, none are small. He often paints on a wooden base as format which to him echoes fanciful extraordinary worlds, full of sizzling life and frenzy. Stepanov has had numerous solo exhibitions in galleries in Israel and abroad, and also participated in group exhibitions. Dozens of his works are part of prestigious Dubi Schiff collection for Israeli modern art which is regularly presented in his central Hotel and lent periodically to leading galleries around the globe.