Posts Tagged ‘Israel’

Artist of the moment………Street Art Collective Broken Fingaz



Broken Fingaz is a street artist collective from Israel. The collective consists of four members named Tant, Deso, Kip, and Unga. As a group they have completed many illustrative assignments including music album covers, murals, fashion design, and even animation.

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Broken Fingaz draws inspiration from tatoos, the skateboard culture, and also from comic books.

In this clip we view something new on the street art scene, animated street art! A wonderful clip showing the works of Broken Fingaz if they were able to move and to be brought to life:

The group is based out of Haifa, Israel.

Works of the group are part of the collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

In this clip more great animated works by Broken Fingaz:

What a great team of artists! If you like this style of street art be sure and check out my article on Barry McGee, who has a very similar style.



Artist of the moment………Guy Yanai



Guy Yanai is a wonderful contemporary artist who paints landscapes and floral works in a modern style. Guy Yanai was born in Haifi, Israel in the year 1977. The artist enjoys flattening shapes and working bold an bright colors.

Guy Yanai is based out of Tel-Aviv, Israel.

The artist is well schooled having attended Parsons School of Design, the New York Studio School, and earned a B.F.A. from Hampshire College located in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Below a short interview with Guy Yanai and a trip to the artist’s studio in Tel-Aviv, Israel:

Price range information: Originals range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Yanai has a great sense for simplifying shapes and producing fantastic compositions. His works also involve a great deal of abstraction, a great deal more than more traditional artists for the fact that he is trying to paint a real object using hard edges.

Below a link to the website of the artist:



Artist of the moment………Chana Orloff


Chana Orloff was born in the Ukraine in the year 1888. Orloff was a sculptor who worked with the figure in with a modernist style.

Chana Orloff attended school in Paris, France.

Her private life had some unfortunate incidents. She married a writer and the couple had a son. Her first husband passed away after the influenza epidemic. Later when the Nazi’s invaded her country, she fled to Switzerland. This time the fellow she left with, artist Georges Kars, killed himself. When she returned home she found her studio and most of the work in it had been looted.

Chana Orloff passed away in 1965.

price range information: The artist occasionally worked in oils, and these paintings can start around $5,000. Sculptures can bring as much as $400,000.

Orloff completed works of many high ranking Israeli politicians.


In this clip some great works by Chana Orloff:


Artist of the moment……Isaac Kahn


Isaac Kahn is wonderful sculptor who works with the figure. Isaac Kahn was born in Lithuania in the year 1950. Isaac Kahn attended the Art Institute of Jerusalem where he mastered the arts of drawing and painting.

Kahn also attended school at the University of Plastic Arts which is located in Montevideo, Uruguay. It was here that Kahn learned to sculpt.

The artist employs some elements of Cubism in his art, on drawings and paintings showing one form depicted from multiple angles.

In addition to painting and sculpting, Isaac Kahn is also an avid printmaker.

A link to the website of Isaac Kahn:

I enjoy the abstract forms Kahn makes of his female figures. By working with the same figure seen from multiple angles, Kahn captures the beauty of the curves of the female form.

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Artist of the moment…….Avinoam Noma Bar


Avinoam Noma Bar is one of my favorite artists of all time as he concentrates his art on “negative space.” You might not see the image immediately, but his work is tremendously appealing because the viewer if engaged and trying to solve the puzzle. Noma Bar was born in Israel in the year 1973. Bar is avid printmaker.

For his artistic education Bar attended the Jerusalem Academy of Art.

The artist is based out of London, England and has produced over 500 commercial illustrations in addition to multiple books about his artwork.

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If you enjoy this artist another great artist who enjoys depicting pictures in pictures is the artist Bev Doolittle. I have posted about her and is a highly sought after printmaker.


In this clip Noma Bar talks about creating artwork dealing with negative space:


Artist of the moment….Itzik Asher

Itzik oro Itzhik Asher was born in the year 1946 in Alexandria, Egypt. His father died when he was a child in an accident and his mother was forced to raise he and his brother. His mother moved to Israel. During this time Israel was having its own battle for independence and his mother turned the care of he and his brother over to  a boarding school. His mother visited him daily, but she was having difficulty living in a new country without her husband.

He was eventually placed in a village of youths in Aloney Yitzhak,  were many children had only parent or no parents due to the Holocaust. In this environment he and his brother flourished better than their previous location in Haifa, Israel. The artist would remain until he was 18 years old.

For college he attended Avny Institute located in Tel Aviv, Israel where he studied physical education and anatomy. After finishing school he returned to Aloney Yitzhak where he taught physical education.

By circumstance he was able to meet an employee of Baron de Rothchilds and he was given the opportunity to work for her and was put in charge of her private beach. Asher was able to have the finances available to take his sculpture work to the next level. Also the location of the private beach gave the artist an passion for learning about and collection Roman artifacts.

In the summer he worked on improving the beach businesses and the rest of the year he had the freedom and money to pursue as much art as he would like. Asher made a studio for himself right on the beach and it worked perfectly.

In this clip we view a very controversial work of art. Many parents complained about the figures and felt they shouldn’t be anatomically correct. The work refers to the plight of Jewish people in Russia and Ethopia.

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A link to the website of Itzhik Asher:


Artist of the moment….Boaz Vaadia

Boaz Vaadia was born in Israel in the year 1951. For his artistic education Boaz Vaadia attended the Avni Institute of Art. Vaadia also attended Pratt Institute in New York City and the Brooklyn Museum School of Art. The artist moved to New York City in 1975. For his art he uses bronze, boulders, and bluestone.

In this clip we view a recreation of David using Vaadia’s style:

Part of many prominent collections including the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, California and the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in New York City.

In this clip we visit some public works on display in Yonkers, New York:

Boaz Vaadia is based out of New York City.

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What a great and unique interpretation of the figure!


Artist of the moment….Interior Designer Ron Arad

Ron Arad is a wonderful artist who is renown for his creative way of furntiture design. Ron Arad was born in Tel- Aviv, Israel in the year 1951. For his artistic edcuation Arad attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He went on to study architecture in London, England for five years.

Brother is named Atar Arad who is a professional musician.

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1989 founded his own design firm with Carline Thorman.

First breakthrough into the world of creative furniture design was a chair named the Rover Chair. Much of his chair work is made from steel or chrome.

Another creative idea is a bookworm designed bookcase. The case is actually a peace of art that is installed into the wall and can be conformed to a specific shape.

As with the Dulce and Gabbana clip, the aritst has made many collaborative efforts including designing a chandelier with Swarovski crystal company.

Was the main architect for the Bauhaus Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In this clip Ron Arad is joined by the duo Dolce and Gabbana. A wide selection of works is shown:

In this clip we visit a show from 2009 at the Museum of Modern Art New York City:

I enjoy Arad’s work for me its a cross of modern furniture design with the whimsical feel of Jeff Koons large works.


Artist of the moment…..Yaacov Agam

Yaacov Agam is an artist born in Mandate, Palestine in the year 1928.  Agam is renown for his work that consists of a “rainbow palette” and the use of geometric shapes. For his artistic education Agam attended the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design located in Jerusalem. The movement most associated  with Agam is kinetic art. Kinetic art involves a type of movement, sometimes machine driven, in the end result.

Agam’s favorite medium is sculpting.

The artist works in a very large scale with some public commissions larger than 30 feet.

Works are found in Israel, Los Angeles, and Paris.

Yaacov Agam is based out of Paris, France.

price range information; Works range from $1,000 for a screenprint to $250,000 for a large sized sculpture.

In this clip the artist shows a beating heart!

A short bio/ documentary about Yaacov Agam.

A quick trip to the Museum in Tel-Aviv to view works by Agam.

In this short clip this is a great example of kinetic art, as you move from right to left around the picture the image changes! One sculpture the artist made for children was meant to change for them as they grew taller.

Other kinetic arts profiled here include Jesus Rafael De Soto and Carlos Cruz Diez.


Artist of the moment…..Street Artist Shai Dahan

Shai Dahan is a great up and coming street artist that often work with horses and is compared by some to artists like the legendary Banksy. Shai Dahan was born in Haifa, Israel. His family came to the United States in 1989. Growing up in a surfer/ graffiti lifestyle of California had the artist began working in graffiti in his mid teens. Dahan even designed some skateboards.

Some works on  a farm painted by Shai Dahan shown in time lapse. Very cool!

In this clip Dahan talks about a project called the Buddy Bears project. You may see these fiberglass works all over Berlin. They are made to showcase human tolerance in other countries and cultures.

The artist has also recently started his own men’s clothing branch located in Sweden. The company works on design and marketing all across the Scandinavian countries.

A link to the website of Shai Dahan:

After living in New York City Dahan moved to Sweden .

The horses painted by the artist have a historical significance. They are based on a Dala or Dalecarlian horse. In the history of Sweden long ago they were used as toys. Its awesome that this artist has chosen to take a toy and paint it as if it were a real live horse! What a unique idea.

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