Within every age historic events broadly shape the lives of humankind in a variety of shifting contexts over which they have no control. The life of Mikhail Turovsky is worth considering for both the quality of his art and the extremes of circumstance in which he has created his oeuvre. Mikhail Turovsky was born to a Jewish family in Kiev, in the Soviet Union, in 1933. By 1943 his father had been killed by the advancing Nazi army and Mikhail, his mother and brother had fled as war refugees to the ancient caravan city of Samarkand where he took his first art lessons from refugee faculty members of the Leningrad Art Institute. From this point in Turovsky’s life to the present there is an unbroken narrative of a life in art juxtaposed with the Holocaust, Stalinism, post Stalin Soviet Russia, dissidence and rebellion, immigration to New York City, fatherhood, and the New York art world that he encountered in the nineteen eighties. From the depths of the most horrifying war of the twentieth century to the stifling creative control of Social Realism, to life as an immigrant in an unfamiliar city that required money and glorified the earning of money as an art form unto itself; Mikhail Turovsky waged aesthetic battle against a host of forces that required him to have hope during conflict, courage in the face of authority, and optimism at times of personal and financial struggle. Today it is normal to look at Mikhail Turovsky's oeuvre and in one glance assign it to the school of European Modernism that includes Buffet, Picasso, and other renowned artists, which is flattering and deserved from a critical standpoint. Here is an artist whose works have been exhibited widely in Europe and the United States, are in museums, public and private collections, have received glowing reviews in the New York Times, been collected by celebrities and intellectuals. Here is an artist whose inner strength and integrity allowed him to create an authentic body of work that addresses the historical forces that shaped his experience as well as his personal quest to express his essential humanism. It is easy to forget in that first glance at his most vibrant and optimistic paintings that the chronology of Turovsky’s artistic practice began under the duress of war, communism, and oppression. But there too began a quest for beauty, freedom and optimism. The positive forces are there for all to see now, the triumph of Turovsky who overcame the historic forces of his age against incredible odds to create and live as he imagined.