Simon Gaon is a confirmed American artist, born in New York in 1943, whose father comes from Jerusalem and mother from Uzbekistan, living and working in New York. For him, "Painting is a European language ... not American. Rembrandt, Van Gogh, have a European vocabulary". With his taste for the work of the brush and matter, we can consider Simon Gaon, this European at heart, as a heir to Soutine, a type representing the best of what is called the school of Paris. Yet Simon Gaon is an American, insofar as he practises a kind of abstract expressionism without abstraction.