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Chana Cohen Zada

December 24, 2010

Israel, 1968

Chana Cohen Zada is the mother of seven children who has been working as an artist for twenty years. Zada paints joyful pictures of religious yeshuv life.

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Yehuda Broitman

December 20, 2010

Odessa, Ukraine, 1956

Yehuda Broitman is a painter who works in a multitude of styles from the entirely abstract to carefully calculated realism. Broitman´s works are always deeply symbolic, his colors bright and his brush stroke confident. His work has been exhibited in Paris, New York, St. Petersburg and Tel Aviv.

Yeshayahu Sheinfeld

December 19, 2010

Kishinev, Ukraine

Yeshayahu Sheinfeld immigrated to Israel in 1928. He began to paint late in life at age 62. His naive and bright works are joyful and spirited. The artist lives and works in Petah Tikvah and he has been featured in many exhibitions at the Petach Tikvah Art Museum.

Sionah Tagger

December 17, 2010

Jaffa, Israel, 1900 – Safed, Israel, 1988

The first Israeli-born female artist, Sionah Tagger is well known for her affecting portraits and modernist landscapes. She studied art at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and at Lhote in Paris. Her smooth and stylized images are influenced by Fauvism, Cubism and Expressionism. Tagger joined the Modernist Group in Israel when she returned from Paris in 1925. Many artists at that time stopped including figures in their works or used them merely as props but Tagger´s figures are always fundamental to the composition and invigorate her work.

Issachar Ryback

December 16, 2010

Kirovograd, Ukraine, 1897 – Paris, France, 1935

Issachar Ryback was a painter, a graphic, a sculptor, a scene painter, and an art critic. He was part of a high-born Chassid family but his father was an admirer of the Russian culture, and tried to foster love of this culture in his children. At the age of 11 Ryback entered the Yelisavetgrad courses for scene painters, and a few years later was admitted to the Kiev School of Arts, Faculty of Painting. He presented his paintings for the first time at the Kiev Spring Exhibition. The young painter was mostly inspired by Jewish topics but in a modernistic style. In summer 1916, Ryback was commissioned by the Jewish Historical and Ethnographic Society to travel all over Ukrainian and Byelorussian small towns and copy the paintings in wooden synagogues and carved gravestones on the Jewish cemeteries. This trip awoke Ryback´s interest in Jewish folk art and from that time on, he started regular collection and copying of the art samples. He also created a series of works dedicated to the Jewish pogroms in Ukraine – in one of such pogroms his father was murdered. Ryback finally relocated to Paris in 1926 where he immediately began to play an outstanding role in the artistic life of the French capital.

Ori Reisman

December 13, 2010

Kibbutz Tel Yosef, Israel, 1924 – Kibbutz Cabri, Israel, 1991
“I stood on the deck of the ship approaching Haifa and looked at the strong bright light, so different from the grayish light of Paris. I looked and was frightened: it was something I didn’t know how to paint… It was a kind of light I didn’t even know how to define. White, and yet – non-white.”

Ori Reisman grew up on several kibbutzim and has always been very attached to the land of Israel. He studied art at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, attending painter Jean Souverbie’s Monumental Art workshop. He returned to Israel where he lived on Kibbutzim but always struggled to justify his work with the Socialist lifestyles there. Reisman has exhibited all over Israel and in Paris. His early works were mainly landscapes and he began creating portriture later in life.

Shalom Moskowitz (Shalom of Sfad)

December 12, 2010

Poland, 1895 – Israel, 1980
“I am a serious man. I do not paint out my imagination.”

Shalom Moskowitz, a Safed laborer, became an artist in the years following the 1948 War of Independence. He began painting at the late age of 55 after working in various craft related fields. As the Safed Artists Colony began to develop in the 1950s, Shalom of Safed, as he became to be known, created vibrant and colorful images of biblical scenes whose “filler” was the actual biblical texts of the Biblical accounts of that particular scene. The artist considered himself a “historical writer” rather than an artist, retelling the stories from Genesis and Exodus. Moskowitz´s work tends to be flat with broad areas of strong, evocative color, with figurative elements are subsumed within a powerful graphic composition. He was a primitive artist who created in the last thirty years of his life a large opus of paintings devoted to the Torah and Jewish life.