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Menashe Kadishman

21/08/1932 - 8/05/2015

Menashe Kadishman was an Israeli painter and sculptor, his artworks are presented on the central squares of different Israeli cities, and his paintings can be found in various art galleries. The artist is most famous for his metallic sculptures. In 1995 Kadishman was awarded the Israel Prize for sculpture.


About the artist

Menashe Kadishman

Menashe Kadishman was born in Tel Aviv in 1932. The artist and sculptor remains one of the most outstanding figures in the history of Israeli art.

In 1947-1950 he studied with the sculptor at the Avni Institute of Arts and Design in Tel Aviv, and in 1954 - with the sculptor Rudolf Leman in Jerusalem. In 1959 Menashe Kadishman moved to London where he attended Saint Martin's School of Artand the Slade School of Art.

In 1965, the one man show of Kadishman was held in the Grosvenor Gallery, where he presented his sculptures of the 60s.

Menashe Kadishman had an early taste of adult life. At the age of 14, he started working as a shepherd in a Ma'ayan Baruch kibbutz to help his mother and sick father. This experience of communication with nature had a significant impact on his artistic work.

Kadishman was already a famous and successful sculptor, when, he painted live sheep in different colors in 1978 Venice Biennale. This avant-garde idea brought Kadishman great success. The Israeli pavilion became the most popular.

Canvases with unique "portraits" by Menachem Kadishman are distinguished by the rare beauty of color solutions.

The eyes that are wide open are full of meekness and light piercing sadness. Always unique, different from one another, these animals have become a touching symbol of purity and sinlessness.

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