Born in Lima, Peru and descended from Russian Jewish immigrant grandparents, Vivian Weinstein-Brisman has lived in New Jersey for the past 25 years and has been painting and creating art since then. Although trained and worked as a speech pathologist, she has always been drawn to color and art, and this is now her full-time occupation. She explores abstract and realistic images, sometimes combining both into evocative symbolic paintings. Among her themes are realistic portraits, landscapes and flowers, as well as imaginative and spiritual (Judaic) renderings. Color, line and design are keys to her expression. She is a multimedia artist who works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, mosaics and color pencils. Vivian has shown her work in many venues including one person shows at the JCC on the Palisades (Tenafly, New Jersey), the Rio II Gallery in New York City, the Belskie Museum in Closter, New Jersey, Artists' Beit Midrash in Teaneck, New Jersey, and professional offices and restaurants in New York and New Jersey. She has also displayed her art in several group shows and is currently showing some paintings and mosaics at “Inside the Artist’s Studio” Gallery in Tenafly, NJ. She has sold her work to private collectors in the USA and abroad. Vivian studied art privately for several years with John Elliot, a world renowned pastel and oil painter.