Zhenya Gershman was born in Moscow, Russia. She held her 1st solo exhibition in St. Petersburg, at age 14, and was selected as a subject of the TV Documentary Film “Our Generation”, a project dedicated to searching for the five most talented teenagers in Russia, showing hope for the cultural future of the country.The youngest student to be admitted to Otis Art Institute, Zhenya graduated with Honors and later received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Art Center College of Design. Today, Zhenya’s work is featured in such preeminent private and public collections as Donald Simon (Chagall, Picasso, and other 20th century masterworks), The J. Paul Getty Research Institute (collector’s archives), and Richard Weisman (American Modern and Contemporary art). She was commissioned to create a portrait of Bruce Springsteen for the MusiCares Grammy annual charity gala. Zhenya is a recipient of numerous awards including the ALEX Award in Visual Arts, presented nationally to honored scholars and artists.
Zhenya is passionate in bridging the practice of art, art history, and education. Zhenya’s first-hand knowledge of traditional oil painting techniques has led her to a Rembrandt discovery. Her article “Rembrandt The ‘I’ Witness” is featured in Arion, Boston University, Fall 2011. It was reviewed by Le Monde, Paris. Zhenya has worked for over a decade in The J. Paul Getty Museum Education Department, participating in interpretation of such exhibitions as “Icons of Sinai” and “Rembrandt: Telling the Difference”. During her tenure at the Getty, Zhenya has been active in developing curricula for Adult Gallery and Studio courses. Recently, Zhenya was invited by the De Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to lead a seminar entitled “What to Do or Not to Do–That is the Question: The Art of Interactive Teaching in a Museum”.