Igor Kruter, a native of Odessa (1979), has a photography studio in Tel Aviv. He immigrated to Israel in 1991 at the time of the ‘Great Aliyah’ from the former Soviet Union. He studied for a year at the Rabbi Grossman Yeshiva in Migdal HaEmek and then pursued his studies at the educational boarding school in the Jordan Valley’s Kibbutz Beit Zera, where he lived for five years. During that time, he developed an interest in art and took up painting. Throughout his military service, he took part for the first time in a group exhibition at the Chagall House in Haifa that had charcoal paintings on display.
During his studies at the ArtEZ University of the Arts in the city of Arnhem, the Netherlands, from 2003 to 2007. He studied techniques in the style of great Dutch-painting artists as he began taking his first photographs at the Institute’s photography room. It is not a coincidence that his photography is closely and deeply related to the traditional values of Dutch painting in particular and of the great masters of European painting in general. In the field of photography, he drew inspiration from photographers Joel-Peter Witkin, Jan Saudek, and particularly the well-known Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf, who Kruter was his assistant and worked in his studio in Amsterdam.
Igor Kruter engages in the dimension of time. He raises philosophical questions about the essence of time as an influential factor on the changing body and mind. Transience and finality are embodied in metaphorical, staged, meticulous and precise photography that elevate the routine to the sublime and the mundane to the monumental. He rests on the traditional values of European painting combined with characteristics of Israeli identity and belonging to local landscapes.
Kruter’s photography perceives transience as if it were eternity and eternity as if it were transient.