0ne may compare my religious work with a prayer in my own words as opposed to the prayers from a prayer book. My art was born from the Word. I would like to believe that at least some of my "words" in turn would not "fall upon a rock" but would "fall on good ground, and spring up, and bear fruit a hundredfold." (Luke 8:8)

An artist of international repute, Alek Rapoport (1933-1997) was born in Russia and compared his life to "the swing of a pendulum." A dissident artist all his life, in both his sacred and secular works he concentrated on the inner life and spiritual subjects. He settled in San Francisco, when he was forced to leave the Soviet Union, where he lived with his family until his death.

His color reliefs, paintings, and engravings are held by museums and collections in many countries, including the Leningrad State Russian Museum and the Vatican Museum. "His art is an art in which the Divine Spirit serves as inspiration, and in which the figure of man is both the central theme and the measure of all things."    

It is with great joy and gratitude that we, The Marian Library, received the gift from Alek Rapoport's  wife, Inna. We thank you for your generosity, and assure you that its future here at the Marian Library, University of Dayton is in having its own prominent place.   


The Annunciation
(From Luke 1:26-38), 1995
Glue based mixed paints and relief on 4 ply. panels

Panel one -Archangel Gabriel
Panel two - Temple
Panel 3 - The Virgin Mary
Panel 4 Seraphim

Artist Statement

In the Annunciation, I deliberately allowed myself the freedom of gesture, and allowed my paints the freedom of flowing and falling in drops. A painting is the energy which smolders and sinks if it doesn't have an adequate receiver. It is like a well which grows moldy and dries up if they do not draw water from it.

Similar to the word which bridges utterer and listener, painting is a bridge between the artist and spectator. Had you removed the spectator, the bridge, i.e., the piece of art ceases to exist. As God-Word in the form of  Archangel Gabriel needed the Virgin Mary in order to incarnate the Word through her, similarly an artist needs a spectator to sow the seeds of his/her artistic ideas.




Charcoal and tempera on burlap

This unfinished work is the last art piece to be worked upon by the artist before his death in 1997. Rapoport's work can be found in collections across the world. His painting of The Annunciation is located in the Law Library, Keller Hall at the University of Dayton. Trinity was donated to the Marian Library/IMRI by the artist's, widow, Irina Rapoport.






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