Famous Israeli Artists
For such a small country, there sure are many famous Israeli artists! Israeli art goes above and beyond, giving an incredible range of masterpieces- Judaica, paper-cutouts, decor, sculptures, wall hangings and more- from ancient techniques to modern materials, we wonder what Israeli artists can't do. The Judaica Web Store is here to offer you the best quality Israeli products, including magnificent pieces of art that you must take a look at. Because of the large number of artists we feature, this buying guide is here to help you discover more about some of our favorite artists in one place. Enjoy this Israeli artists list and learning more about who we feature and why we love them!
Yair Emanuel is one of Israel's many world renowned artists based in Jerusalem. Having started off at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, he now creates some of the greatest pieces of Judaica art. If you don't consider Judaica to be art, take a look at his masterpieces- you might reconsider. Generally, Emanuel uses wood and aluminum to create his traditional pieces with a modern flair to them. Bright colors and smooth designs, if you're looking for a new menorah, yarmulke/kippah, seder plate or really just about anything, Yair Emanuel is the place to go!
S0me of the most gorgeous wall hangings come from Dorit Judaica but thats not all they make! Stunning mezuzahs, Blessing for the home, everything pomegranate and more, Dorit Judaica is best known for their stunning steel cut-outs which are featured in almost all products, even Judaica. Their tableware selection includes adorable designs that will make anyone at the table smile. Many of Dorit Judaica piece's feature intricate prints and colorful patterns that are loved by all and make for great housewarming gifts.
Bright colors, minimalistic style and sleek lines precisely describe Adi Sidler's wonderful pieces. Most well known for his mezuzahs and car mezuzahs, Adi Sidler will also pleasantly surprise you with his large selection of dreidels, hamsas and yads. What is nice about Sidler is that almost all of his pieces come in a large variety of colors, making it easy to find your favorite style in your favorite color. Adi Sidler also understands the need for Judaica on-the-go, he has created Shabbat candlesticks and menorahs for the traveler, keeping size and ease in mind. For magnificent modern styles, check out all of Adi Sidler's colorful pieces!
For some of the most colorful and fun designs you have ever seen, check out Adina Plastelina. The husband and wife team in Old Jaffa work together to create hamsas, mezuzahs and of course, some gorgeous pieces of jewelry. Adina Plastelina uses polymer clay to create a unique textured look to all their marvelous creations. Many of their products are also perfect for children's room as they use bright colors to create funky designs that anyone would enjoy. If you love bold pops of color in your home, than Adina Plastelina is just what you need.
Agayof is a family owned business creating some of Israel's best designs for your home with the highest quality for over 40 years. Today, Agayof is constantly thinking of new and contemporary products with everything from material, finish and color carefully thought out. Clean lines and a matted finish are common with Agayof products as well as unique modern takes on classic pieces of Judaica. For something really special, Agayof will always impress and their most classic pieces come in a variety of colors so that you can really choose exactly what you want.
Barbara Shaw can only be described as the funkiest artist with a lot of spunk. If you're looking to make someone smile or even give them a laugh, look no further than Barbara Shaw. Her designs include Yiddish proverbs and Israeli and Jewish concepts that will make you crack a smile. Some of her best selling products include mugs, totes and aprons, but her themed holiday decor is just as incredible. Cartoon pictures and colorful photographs adorn many of her products as well, and if you didn't think you needed a falafel clock, once you see it you will realize just how much you do. Don't think twice and get yourself one of Barbara Shaws cute and funny pieces!
Caesarea Arts is made up of a husband and wife team in Caesarea that take in inspiration from everything around them, whether that be the ancient ruins, the beach or just the nature that surrounds them. You can really tell the impact of their inspirations from the wave designs on the challah boards to the rainbow sunset look of many of their candlesticks. Caesarea Arts also makes beautiful Jerusalem stone pieces that not only will remind you of Jerusalem, but also of the ruins of the ancient port of Caesarea. Caesarea Arts' beautiful pieces add a touch of color and make for a very special gift.
David Fisher's paper cut-outs are not one to be missed. Originally from Jerusalem, David Fisher has revived a traditional Jewish art dating back from the Middle Ages and turned it into something incredible and modern. From something so simple as paper comes extraordinary pieces of art featuring Jewish phrases and blessings, as well as scenes of Jerusalem and nature. The crisp white paper with the colorful background will immediately draw eyes towards it and you'll find yourself receiving endless compliments. Truly one of Israel's magnificent artists, David Fisher's paper cut-outs will complete any room.
One of Israel's most famous artists for modern art, David Gerstein has created hundreds of brightly colored sculptures all done in his signature style. Aside from featuring Israeli and Jewish themes, his pieces also depict just daily life, from someone riding a bike to a cat staring out the window at the moon. These vivid masterpieces are incredibly unique and will stand out in your home, while blending in at the same time. Gerstein's art work features dozens of different images which include different hobbies, allowing there to be something for everyone.
For bold handmade designs that really pop, Iris Design is where you should start your search. Iris enjoys combining different textiles and materials to create her magnificent pieces, often inspired by the Mediterranean Sea which is very close to her Tel Aviv-Jaffa studio. In almost all her products, she includes a little sparkle with colorful stones and beads and shine with her signature glazed look. Iris' bangle bracelets are by far her most famous pieces of art and have been featured in multiple international fashion magazines. Iris Design is not like anything else you have seen before and never disappoints.
Laura Cowan's artistic adventure began in London and was later brought over to Israel, allowing her to incorporate even more Jewish motifs into her pieces. Almost all of her Judaica pieces have a common theme to them, a futuristic-space like look to them. Space has always been an inspiration to Cowan, to the point where her Apollo mezuzah actually made it into space with NASA. Contemporary and sleek, Laura Cowan's Judaica and Jewish gifts are the perfect gift for those who appreciate a modern look or just share in the same love of space!
Often mixing glass with metals and different textiles, Lily Art sure does brighten up a room. Everything is handmade and comes with its own sparkle that cannot be beat. Many of Lily Art's products are perfect for Rosh Hashanah, featuring pomegranates and apples, and that includes honey bowls, challah boards, and home decor with the Blessing of the Home. Lily Art has also taken into consideration of Judaica for children, creating the perfect Chanukah menorah for young boys and girls as well as candlesticks that would be perfect for a Bat Mitzvah present. Multicolored rainbows and more, Lily Art combines ancient tradition with a modern look.
Michael Ben Yosef
Almost exclusively working with ceramics, Michael Ben Yosef's pieces are amazing. Challah boards, mezuzahs, washing cups and of course, her famous ceramic pomegranate pieces, Michal Ben Yosef's handmade pieces always have a golden glow to them. Being handmade, means that no two pieces are exactly the same, allowing you to have your own individual masterpiece. Michal Ben Yosef's artistic creations take after nature, made with only colors and shapes inspired by our great outdoors but will blend beautifully into your home.
Coming from a long line of artists and silversmiths, Nadav Art has been creating amazing modern pieces with traditional techniques. Aside from using sterling silver to create classic Judaica, Nadav Art has taken part in the contemporary revolution of using anodized aluminum to create incredible modern pieces such as his dual use Chanukah menorah, which flipped over, is a pair of Shabbat candlesticks. Many of his pieces include rainbow inlays or include the ancient technique of Yemenite filagree. Nadav Art makes a wonderful gift for any occasion and will be used over and over again, always with a smile.
For something really unusual, Ofek Wertman takes after Andy Worhol's pop art to recreate famous images of prominent Israeli leaders. Bold colors and clear lines are used in most of Wertman's work, as well as the use of multi-media, as he combines graffiti with portraits of Israeli leaders. Really something incredible, Wertman has not only brought his own work into Israel's art scene but has also included some of Reuven Rubin, one of Israel's foremost artists, into his collections. The perfect combination of old and new Israeli art, Ofek Wertman's collection is something that stands out among the rest.
Orit Grader's masterpieces might look delicate but their durability will surprise you. Having learnt art in the United States, Grader has taken those techniques and combined them with Israeli culture in her Haifa studio. Multicolored and almost lace like, these are unique one of a kind pieces of Judaica. The combinations of shape and color, along with the way light naturally hits the spaces in between, allows for shadows to dance along the walls or on the table below, making Orit Grader's artwork to take on another dimension. Made with a love and care as hand-dipped metals require, you'll be amazed by all Orit Grader's masterpieces.
By taking just one look at Shraga Landesman's pieces, you'll automatically know that Israeli nature fuels his passion for art. Taking in different aspects of the land and it's ancient history, Shraga Landesman's artwork is a beautiful combination of the nature of the world and modern delights. Aside from laser-cut outs of plants such as wheat and flowers, Landesman also turns traditional pieces of Judaica into sculptures featuring birds, mountain goats and sheep among other scenes of nature. Mainly working with combinations of solid colors, these bold contemporary pieces will truely wow you and your guests.
There are some things that you can only find in nature and Yael Elkayam has incorporated them into her hanging masterpieces. Creating multiple framed floral wall hangings, made with real flowers, Yael Elkayam has also included crystals, gold and paint into her artwork, creating beautiful home decor. Each one of her pieces features a different Jewish blessing and versus including the Blessing for the Home, Ayshet Chayl (Woman of Valor), the Song of Songs, Pirkei Avot and more. These gorgeous wall hangings are gorgeous housewarming or Jewish wedding gifts.
While we did not include all of the amazing artists featured on the Judaica Web Store, please feel free to have a look at each an every one of these splendid artists with this list. Enjoy searching for your next piece of Israeli art!