Simka Simkhovitch (1893 – 1949) was an American-Russian-Jewish artist. An American magazine “Life” described his art: “Through war and Revolution the art of Simka Simkhovitch has developed to its present state of serenity. The war was in his native Russia and the serenity is in Connecticut where Simkhovitch paints like a native New Englander. Significantly, those things that Simka found ultimate satisfaction in painting – everyday scenes, portraits, winter landscapes – are those things in which people find lasting value above grim emergencies of war”.
Born near Kiev, Simka Simkhovitch enrolled at the Grekov Odessa art school, then he transferred to the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. After graduation in 1918, he began teaching. During the early 1920s, Simkhovitch experimented with the Constructivist style. In 1924 he moved to the United States. Now his works are in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.