Born in 1902 in Molodetshna,
White Russia, very early, he was attracted to painting.
At the age of eighteen, for the firs time, he attended a
picture gallery in Smolesk, and there he began to study
in the local studio. In 1921 he also participated then
by entering into a art high school, were he learned with
Vladimir Povarsky, graduating from the institute. There
he remained as a teacher. Then he took to traveling
across Russia. In 1933 he lived in the Jewish colonies
of Kherson Gubernia, and he created everywhere, among
his pictures were also five ghetto scenes: "In letstn
veg," "In a baheltnish," "In fashistishn lager," "A
familye" and "Zkin froyen, kinder."
In the span of many years,
he illustrated the work of Peretz, Sholem Aleichem,
Bergelson, Kvitko, Lurie et al.
Together with Annie Charik,
M. translated the play, "Truadek" for the "Moscow Jewish
A. also created the sets for
Bergelson's "Mids hdin," and Sholem Aleichem's "Dos
Shlomo Rabinowitz writes:
"Meir Akselrad constantly remains an artist, who feels
sharply the pulse of life. About this witnesses say that
the exhibition, she consists of work from various
themes, from various genres, from various characters. In
them is to see the next and today, human passion and joy
from life. This shock in Fascist hell, and the beauty of
Velder and Felder [?], creativity and struggle for peace
in the world."
"Izi kharik," 1936,
Shlomo Rabinowitz --
Baym kinstler meir akselrad, "Morgn frayhayt," N.Y,
10 Oct. 1968.