Halter Marek

Marek Halter is a French/Jewish/Polish artist who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1936. During World War II, he and his parents escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto and fled to the Soviet Union. He spent the rest of the war in Ukraine, Moscow and finally in Kokand, Uzbekistan. In 1945 he was selected to travel to Moscow to donate flowers to Joseph Stalin. In 1946 the family returned to Poland and in 1950 they emigrated to France, where they settled in Paris. He returned to Poland with his family in 1946, but left for Paris in 1950, when he was fourteen, and studied pantomime under Marcel Marceau. He was admitted to the Ecole nationale des beaux-arts to study painting. In 1954 he received the International Prize from Deauville and also received a prize at the Biennale d'Ancone. His first international exhibition was in Buenos Aires in 1955, and he stayed in that city for 2 years and returned to France in 1957 where he was engaged in political journalism and advocacy. In 1991 Halter organized the French College in Moscow. As of 2007, he remained the president of the college. Halter has also been the subject of controversy in recent years. French magazines Le Point and Le Nouvel Observateur have accused him of lying about different parts of his life. (Wikipedia)