Born in 1930 in Kaunas, Lithuania,
Isaak Grazutis has a storied past worth noting as an
antecedent to his paintings.
In 1941, at the age of eleven, Isaak
was forced to flee his native village in advance of Nazi
occupation. After his parents were taken away by the invading
forces, he was brought to live in an orphanage in Ural, and
later, Moscow where he spent his formative years. During this
time, he enrolled in art school at Moscow City Art College. In
1950, at the age of 20, Isaak returned to Lithuania for
advanced study in the fine arts at Lithuania State Art
Institute in Vilnius. After graduating with a Master of Arts
Degree in Fine Art (1956), he was given the official
assignment of traveling to Tadzhikistan. There, he painted in
tribal villages surrounded by the vast mountain vistas. This
experience of 'plein air' painting in such a unique
environment would help Isaak to develop the signature
impressionist style that typifies his landscape painting
In 1957, he returned to Moscow and
later to Lithuania where he worked as a graphic artist. Within
a year after his return he was exhibiting his art in Moscow
and also in Vilnius. By 1970, he had been granted membership
in the prestigious Union of Soviet Artists.
The subsequent unraveling of the Soviet
system opened the door for emigration, and in 1979 Isaak made
his way to the United States. Settling in the Chicago area, he
landed a position as a graphic designer for the international
publisher, Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
In 1985, he left Britannica to pursue his interests in book
design and oil painting.
Isaak Grazutis' artwork is in private
collections in Lithuania, Russia, Israel, Canada, and the
United States. He is currently active as a fine artist,
painting primarily in the medium of oil.