Oleg Goffman is a painter born in 1963 in Odessa, Ukraine. He studied art at the art school in his hometown. Goffman moved to Toronto in 1992 to practice his art and still resides there with his family. The artist's works can be seen in several galleries across Europe and North America.
After moving to Canada, Oleg Goffman became interested in the works of the Group of Seven and their interpretive nature work. It is by observing these artists, in addition to his personal explorations of Canadian forests, that he developed his current artistic practice. Goffman's other major source of inspiration comes from his father, a sculptor. Being young, he watched him work many hours in his studio. This led him to make the type of works that we know today, namely very textured paintings, which can be approached practically like a sculpture on canvas. All the elements of his paintings are sculpted with a spatula and painted in vibrant colors with acrylics afterwards.