Victor Ostrovsky is a best selling author, screenplay writer, and Fine artist. His expertise on Judaism, Islam and security issues, made him a thought after speaker. Victor has appeared on Larry King Live, The ABC, NBC, and CBS Nightly News, Prime Time Live, and dozens of other media venues worldwide.
Born in 1949 in Canada, Victor moved to Israel at the age of five. His inclination for the arts was apparent from a very early age. The well known Israeli painter, Giladi, lived on the same street and would often set up his easel outdoors to paint. Victor would watch, spellbound, on his way to and from school as Giladi created wonderful images on the blank canvas.
Eventually, the artist presented Victor with his own box of oil paints and took the time to guide him into a world where expressions come through images and color, handing the child a gift that would soon become a passion.
At eighteen years of age, Second Lieutenant Victor Ostrovsky was the youngest officer in the Israeli armed forces (Navy). He was an ardent Zionist with a fervent commitment to David Ben-Gurion’s founding vision of Israel as one of the greatest and most principled states in the post-War world.
Victor rose to rank of a lieutenant commander in the Israeli Navy and served as head of the weapon testing program.
It's not surprising then, that when Victor is invited to train for the Mossad, (Israel's elite foreign intelligence service) he leaps at the opportunity to serve his country in such an extraordinary way.
A Mossad cadet will experience more action, more pure terror and more physical assault during training than many Special Forces operatives will in the course of an entire career. Training for the Mossad will take Two and a half grueling years, during which time most candidates will fail.
But through the years of his training and his experiences on subsequent missions, Victor comes to the reluctant but certain realization that, unaccountable even to the prime minister, a certain element within the Mossad, through callous, irresponsible and increasingly self-motivated actions, rather than defend the interests of the state, were in fact in danger of destroying it.
After five years of trying to inform the powers to be with little success he wrote an exposé "By Way of Deception" that shook the foundations of the agency and is said to have brought about change. Victor has written three more books since, A non fiction "The Other Side of Deception" and two fictional spy novels "Lion Of Judah" and "Black Ghosts."
Today, Victor's insight and knowledge of the intelligence community facilitates his writing of fictional novels and screenplays, and serves as a basis for his enigmatic and cryptic paintings.
His canvases offer tantalizing images, evoking a mystical and otherworldly reaction from viewers. Hats, gloves, scarves and umbrellas hide the identities of his inscrutable figures, provoking and teasing our imaginations with visual portrayals of adventure and intrigue.
The activities of his figures and the titles of the work reflect the enterprise and language of the international intelligence community, bringing several layers of meaning to his paintings while creating stories for the viewer.