The Holocaust and the Book of Fire by Murray Zimiles,” a new exhibition, will open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m., at the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg.

The exhibition will continue through Sunday, Dec. 31.

The paintings, drawings, prints and artist's books by Murray Zimiles are graphic statements meant to engage and propel the viewer into a whirlwind of fire and devastation. In these powerful works, Zimiles deals with the perceived absence of God and the absence of civilization during the Holocaust.

Zimiles was born in 1941. He received his bachelor’s degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Illinois and his master’s degree painting and printmaking from Cornell University. He received further art training at the Atelier Clot-Bramson and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in many private and public collections such as the Brooklyn Museum; the Jewish Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, Haifa; and the National Collection, Washington, D.C.

Zimiles is the stepson of a Holocaust survivor and felt obligated as an artist to deal with the subject.

All members of the community are invited to attend. For information, visit