Eli renamed himself in the 90's after his maternal grandfather. After finishing school in New York, he eventually moved to Santa Fe where he has been ever since. Today Levin/Basiste is still best known for his bar, dance-hall, art-scene and other many-figured scenes of social commentary. Levin's works are not realism in any sense, but rather satirical and expressionistic, with deliberate distortion of form and color for emotional effect. Levin/Basiste has had many exhibits.
Courtesy, Best of the West Auction, Colorado Springs, CO