Yosef Ostrovsky is one of the best and most renowned of the Odessa artists; indeed his name continues to be a symbol of Odessa art in the second half of the twentieth century. It is easy to recognize his works at first glance as they are both joyous and sad at the same time. Indeed, these works contain the expression of the very essence of the soul of the Jewish people. His paintings can be found in renowned museums, galleries and private art collections throughout the world.
As Ostrovsky said regarding his “Jewish Cycle”: "Eternal themes concern everyone. The language of art and feeling knows no borders. The more deeply you penetrate the soul of your own nation, the more understandable your art becomes to other nations."