Truth, soul and unpretentious sophistication characterize the work of artist Simon Kogan. Born in Russia, he received 13 years of classical academic training in Moscow, including a MFA as well as an apprenticeship under renowned sculptor Isaac Brodsky. Since immigrating to the U.S. in 1991, he has steadily risen to national prominence as a sculptor whose widely acclaimed work - monumental to miniature - reflects a bold, yet poetic pursuit of the archetypal. A Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, his major works include the highly popular WWII Memorial for the State of Washington and "Garden of Liberty", his design of the 2011 medal commissioned by Brookgreen Gardens, which is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian and British Museums. As an invited lecturer and teacher of sculpture, painting, anatomy and drawing in the U.S. and abroad, Kogan has long shared his artistic passion and was honored to be the 2010 Rainey Master Sculptor-in-Residence at Brookgreen Gardens.