Art student, Novomoskowsk, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, 1939. Art student, Commercial College, Odessa, 1941. Certified, Chicago Technology College, 1962.
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, (under USSR at the time) Garin was the most influential contemporary seascape artist. He spawned and inspired many of today's great seascapists through his tremendous talent and imagination. Garin was best known for his rendition of the transparent wave.
Influenced by the Russian painter Peter Effremovich Fedatov during his youth in Odessa, Ukraine and later by the works of I. K. Aivazowsky, Garin has combined the traditional beauty of European art with contemporary techniques developed by his own hand. With a prominent career extending over four decades, he broke through barriers in seascape painting technique that had restrained artists for years. Using texture and a variety of translucent glazes, Garin created compositions that are bold, yet controlled.
His compositions are unique and varied, from shipwreck scenes, to romantic moonlit ocean breakers, to sun-drenched seascapes at dusk, to misty coastal coves. The sea is always the commanding force in his paintings, its rich beauty and vastness exemplifies in each composition. The vivid emotional impact which Garin creates excites the. imagination and stirs our inner desire to challenge its eternal domain.
Considered the patriarch of modern seascape art, his paintings hang in many major collections throughout the globe, including Canada, England, South America, South Africa, Japan, Mexico and Russia, as well as hundreds of American homes. Eugene Garin is an artist who appeals to both the novice collector and the connoisseur. He is listed in Who's Who in California and the American Art Analog.
Garin has artwork in the permanent collection of the Russian consulate in San Francisco along with the Presidential Palace in Panama. Admired by art critics and his contemporaries, Garin is assured a place in history.
Secretary Slavic Baptist Association, Sacramento, 1976-1984.
Married Raisa Peredelsky, March 24, 1958 (deceased August 1977). Married Rita Seljavin, December 27, 1978. Children: Irene, Tanja, Stella.