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Famous Artists from Israel

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List of the most popular artists from Israel, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Israeli artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Israeli artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List artists include Hannah Yakin, Shimshon Holzman and more.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Israel?" and "Who are the most well-known Israeli artists?"

For further information on these historic Israeli artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Israeli artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.



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    Marcel Janco was a Romanian and Israeli visual artist, architect and art theorist. He was the co-inventor of Dadaism and a leading exponent of Constructivism in Eastern Europe. In the 1910s, he co-edited, with Ion Vinea and Tristan Tzara, the Romanian art magazine Simbolul. Janco was a practitioner of ...more

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    • Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
    • Associated periods or movements: Art Nouveau, Post-Impressionism, Dada, Art Deco, Cubism, + more
    • Nationality: Israel, Romania
    • Art Forms: Collage, Fresco, Relief, Ceramic art, Painting, + more
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    Reuven Rubin
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    Reuven Rubin was a Romanian-born Israeli painter and Israel's first ambassador to Romania.more

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    • Birthplace: Galați, Sud-Est, Romania
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Helmar Lerski was a photographer who laid some of the important foundations of modern photography. His works are on display in the USA, Germany, Israel and Switzerland. He focused mainly on portraits and the technique of photography with mirrors. His real name was Israel Schmuklerski. The family moved ...more

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    • Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
    • Nationality: Switzerland, France
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    Nehemiah Persoff is a Jerusalem-born American actor.more

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    • Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
    • Nationality: United States of America, Israel
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    Paul Hartal
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    Paul Hartal is a Canadian painter and poet, born in Szeged, Hungary. He has created the term "Lyrical Conceptualism" to characterize his style in both painting and poetry, and has created a manifesto to describe his thesis.more

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    • Birthplace: Szeged, Hungary
    • Nationality: Canada, Hungary, Israel
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Tal Rosner is a London based Israeli filmmaker and video artist.more

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    • Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, Israel
    • Art Forms: Video art
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    Amos Kenan, also Amos Keinan, was an Israeli columnist, painter, sculptor, playwright and novelist.more

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    • Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Nationality: Israel
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    Maurice Ascalon was an Israeli designer and sculptor. He was, by some accounts, considered the father of the modern Israeli decorative arts movement. Maurice Ascalon was born as Moshe Klein in eastern Hungary. From an early age, he was determined to pursue his artistic yearnings, however in order to do ...more

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    • Birthplace: Hungary
    • Nationality: United States of America, Hungary, Israel
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    Shraga Weil was an Israeli painter.more

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    • Birthplace: Nitra, Slovakia
    • Associated periods or movements: Modern art
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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    Ami James, is an Israeli-born tattoo artist. His father, an American, converted to Judaism three years prior to moving to Israel, where he joined the Israeli army and met James' mother. James lived in both Israel and Egypt as a child, and spent much of his childhood without his father who left the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Israel
    • Nationality: United States of America, Israel
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    Leo Kahn
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    Leo Kahn was a German-Israeli painter.more

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    • Birthplace: Bruchsal, Germany
    • Nationality: Israel, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Yael Bartana is an Israeli artist working in film, installation and photography. Her work investigates "the imagery of identity and the politics of memory." She is perhaps best known for the film trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned, which premiered at the Polish pavilion of the 2011 Venice Biennale and ...more

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    • Birthplace: Kfar Yehezkel, Israel
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Art Forms: Video art
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    David Avidan
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    David Avidan was an Israeli "poet, painter, filmmaker, publicist, and playwright". He wrote 20 published books of Hebrew poetry.more

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    • Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Hannah Yakin is an Israeli artist. She was born in Amsterdam in 1933 as Hannah van Hulst. During World War II, Hannah developed her artistic talents, experiencing "happy times in which necessity bore creativity". After the war she went to high school and studied art in Utrecht and in Paris with Paul ...more

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    • Nationality: Netherlands, Israel
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    Mordechai Geldman is an Israeli artist, author, poet and psychologist.more

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    • Birthplace: Munich, Germany
    • Nationality: Israel, Germany
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    Joshua Neustein

    Joshua Neustein is a contemporary Israeli visual artist. He lives and works in New York and Tel Aviv. He is known primarily for his environmental installations, Postminimalist torn paper works and large-scale map paintings.more

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    • Birthplace: Gdańsk, Poland
    • Nationality: United States of America, Israel
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Hanoch Piven

    Hanoch Piven is an Israeli mixed media artist best known for his celebrity caricatures.more

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    • Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
    • Nationality: Israel
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    Nachum Gutman

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    Nachum Gutman
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    Nachum Gutman was a Russian-born Israeli painter, sculptor, and author.more

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    • Birthplace: Telenești, Moldova
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Omer Fast is a contemporary video artist. He lives and works in Berlin.more

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    • Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
    • Nationality: Israel
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    Shimon Tzabar was a member of the editorial board of Israel Imperial News. He described himself as a "Hebrew-speaking Palestinian". The son of poultry vendors, he was educated at a religious school. In his teens, after initially joining Ze'ev Jabotinsky's Betar organization, he became a member of all ...more

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    • Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Nationality: Israel
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