Abram Rabkin passed away Dec. 5 at age 88. His life ended, but his paintings will be cherised and admired by present generations and generations to come.
He was born in 1925 to be an artist. The world came to him in colors and shades, bright and dark. In 2011 he was named an Honored Artist of Russia — a very high recognition given to a living master of art by the Union of Russian Artists and Russian government.
WWII turned his life around, and made him a soldier He reproduced his war memories in numerous drawings and sketches.
During his career, Rabkin created a gallery of more than 400 paintings, depicting his home shtetl Bobruisk and its inhabitants. His art work and fame traveled as far as Israel, USA, Canada and Europe.
In March-May of 2001, Omaha had two unforgettable exhibitions of his 172 museum quality paintings, which became possible through the vision, leadership and sponsorship of Shirley and Leonard Goldstein, Darlyn and Tom Fellman and Nebraska Arts Council.
The two subject matters — My Shtetl and The WWII Around Me — comprised all his art and existence.
Memorials may be made to Bemis Art Center.