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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.
Marcel Janco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Israel
Composition with Red Arrow

Birthplace: Southeast Europe, 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

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 ...more

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#61 of 101 Famous Expressionist Artists #46 of 47 Famous Symbolist Artists, Ranked #37 of 48 Famous Art Nouveau Artists

Reuven Rubin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Israel
The Sea of Galilee, An Old Jew, Old Man

Birthplace: Galați, Sud-Est, Romania

Nationality: Israel

Art Forms: Painting

Reuven Rubin (Hebrew: ראובן רובין‎; November 13, 1893 – October 13, 1974) was a Romanian-born Israeli painter and Israel's first ambassador to Romania.
Helmar Lerski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Alsace, Bas-Rhin, + more

Nationality: Switzerland, France

Helmar Lerski (18 February 1871, Strasbourg - 19 September 1956, Zürich) was a photographer who laid some of the important foundations of modern photography. His works are on display in the ...more
Nehemiah Persoff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Nehemiah Persoff (born August 2, 1919) is an American retired actor. He appeared in more than 200 television series, films and plays in his career spanning 52 years.
Paul Hartal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Szeged, Hungary

Nationality: Canada, Hungary, Israel

Art Forms: Painting

Paul Hartal (born 1936) 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, ...more
Tal Rosner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Nationality: United Kingdom, Israel

Art Forms: Video art

Tal Rosner (born in Jerusalem, 9 June 1978) is a London-based Israeli filmmaker and video artist.
Amos Kenan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Amos Kenan (Hebrew: עמוס קינן), also Amos Keinan, (May 2, 1927 – August 4, 2009) was an Israeli columnist, painter, sculptor, playwright and novelist.
Maurice Ascalon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Hungary

Nationality: United States of America, Hungary, Israel

Maurice Ascalon (Hebrew: מוריס אשקלון‎; 1913–2003) was an Israeli designer and sculptor. He was, by some accounts, considered the father of the modern Israeli decorative arts movement. Maurice ...more
Shraga Weil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Nitra, Slovakia

Associated periods or movements: Modern art

Nationality: Israel

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking

Shraga Weil (Hebrew: שרגא ווייל‎; September 24, 1918 – February 20, 2009) was an Israeli painter.
Ami James is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Israel

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Ami James (Hebrew: עמי ג'יימס‎; born April 6, 1972) is an Israeli-American tattoo artist, television personality and entrepreneur
Leo Kahn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Bruchsal, Germany

Nationality: Israel, Germany

Art Forms: Painting

Leo Kahn (Hebrew: ליאון כהן‎; 1894–1983) was a German-Israeli painter.
Yael Bartana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Kfar Yehezkel, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Art Forms: Video art

Yael Bartana (Hebrew: יעל ברתנא‎; born 1970, Kfar Yehezkel, Israel) is an Israeli artist working in film, installation and photography. Her film trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned was shown at ...more
David Avidan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Art Forms: Painting

David Avidan (Hebrew: דוד אבידן) (February 21, 1934 – May 11, 1995) was an Israeli "poet, painter, filmmaker, publicist, and playwright" (as he often put it). He wrote 20 published ...more
Hannah Yakin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Nationality: Netherlands, Israel

Hannah Yakin (born Hannah van Hulst; 3 March 1933, in Amsterdam) is an Israeli artist. During World War II, Hannah developed her artistic talents, experiencing "happy times in which ...more
Mordechai Geldman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Munich, Germany

Nationality: Israel, Germany

Mordechai Geldman (Hebrew: מרדכי גלדמן‎; b. 1946) is an Israeli poet, artist, and psychologist
Joshua Neustein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Israel
Joshua Neustein

Birthplace: Gdańsk, Poland

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Art Forms: Painting

Joshua Neustein (born 1940) is a contemporary visual artist. He lives and works in New York City. He is known primarily for his Conceptual Art, environmental installations, Land Art, Ash Cities, ...more
Hanoch Piven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Israel
Hanoch Piven

Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: Israel

Hanoch Piven (born August 21, 1963 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is an Israeli mixed media artist best known for his celebrity caricatures.
Nachum Gutman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Israel
Nachum Gutman Trade Fairs Center, Neve Tzedek, Arab Boy Playing the Flute

Birthplace: Telenești, Moldova

Nationality: Israel

Art Forms: Painting

Nachum Gutman (as he himself signed; alternate romanisation: Nahum Gutman; Hebrew: נחום גוטמן‎: October 5, 1898 – November 28, 1980) was an Israeli painter, sculptor, and author.
Omer Fast is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Israel
Spielberg's List

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Nationality: Israel

Omer Fast (born in Jerusalem, Israel 1972) is an Israeli video artist. He is represented by James Cohan Gallery and gb agency and lives in Berlin.
Shimon Tzabar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Shimon Tzabar (5 March 1926 in Tel Aviv – 19 March 2007 in London) was a member of the editorial board of Israel Imperial News. He described himself as a "Hebrew-speaking ...more
Mordecai Ardon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Israel

Birthplace: Galicia, Poland

Nationality: Israel

Mordecai Ardon (Hebrew: מרדכי ארדון‎, July 13, 1896 – June 18, 1992) was an Israeli painter.
Buky Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Israel
Buky Schwartz

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Nationality: Israel

Art Forms: Sculpture

Buky Schwartz (pronounced BOO-kie) (Hebrew: בוקי שוורץ‎; June 16, 1932 – September 1, 2009) was an Israeli sculptor and video artist.
Isidor Ascheim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Israel
Isidor Ascheim

Birthplace: Poznań, Poland

Nationality: Israel, Germany

Art Forms: Painting

Isidor Ascheim (Hebrew: איזידור אשהיים‎; 1891-1968) was a German-born Israeli painter and printmaker.
Ziv Koren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Israel
Tel Aviv Bus Bombing, October 19

Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Ziv Koren (born July 13, 1970) (Hebrew: זיו קורן‎) is an Israeli photojournalist, a Canon EMEA ambassador and a representative of "Polaris Images" photo agency. Koren is most noted for ...more
Joseph Kossonogi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Israel
Joseph Kossonogi

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Hungary, Israel

Art Forms: Painting

Joseph Kossonogi (Hebrew: יוסף קוסונוגי‎; born 1908, died 1981) (also Yosef Kossonogy) was an Israeli painter.