Felix Lembersky (b. Lublin, Poland, 1913; d. Leningrad, 1970) was a painter, set designer, teacher, creator of artistic groups and an active proponent of freedom in the art in the Soviet Union. His visual context is grounded in Poland, where he was born; in Ukraine, where he was raised; in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), where he lived; and in other cities in Russia and the Urals. He became a refugee at the onset of World War I, grew up in the crucible of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Civil War, and lived through World War II, including the Siege of Leningrad and the murder of his parents in occupation. He studied in Kiev from 1928 to 1934: at Jewish Art school “Kultur-lige” and Kiev Art Institute, and in Leningrad: at the Academy of Art from 1935 to 1941, graduating in the besieged city in December, 1941.
Lembersky's work appeared in major exhibitions in the United States and Russia. Recent catalogues include Felix Lembersky. Paintings and Drawings (Galart, 2009) and Torn from Darkness. Works by Felix Lembersky (University of Richmond, 2012). His work is in the holdings of the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg) and Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformism, among others. Current solo shows include Being and Beings: Work by Felix Lembersky (Pushkin House, London, April 24-May 17, 2013) and Felix Lembersky: Soviet Forms, Jewish Context (Jewish Museum Milwaukee, WI, March 17-July 14, 2013)