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Featured Artists

The Michael Hittleman Gallery is proud to offer works by the following contemporary Israeli artists:

Alina Speshilov, b.1973, St. Petersburg, Russia - Speshilov attended art school in Russia and in Israel. She is also a graphic designer. She has a degree in archaeology and ancient middle eastern cultures from Tel Aviv University. Alina is a wonderful draughtsman who relates to urban settings, landscapes and people watching. She has an intuitive feel for the forms of things from people to trees to electricity poles. She seems to depict and deconstruct all at the same time.
Reuven Rubin, b.1893, Romania, d.1974 - Rubin was Israel’s greatest painter of the first half of the 20th century. In Tel Aviv there is the Reuven Rubin Museum in his old house. Rubin became part of the School of Paris artists. He also Studied in Palestine. He went on to become one of the most famous painters of the century. Both he and Nachum Gutman were the great early Tel Aviv artists. They acknowledged the non-European light of Palestine as well as focusing on observations of everyday life as subject matter and eschewing Orientalism.
Philip Rantzer, b.1956, Romania - Rantzer is one of the giants of contemporary Israeli art. His work in sculpture, assemblage, mobiles, mixed media and drawing using found objects are zany, sardonic and magical. Never forgetting his childhood in an Israeli transit camp, he uses found materials to create dada and surreal masterpieces. His work also owes a debt and pays homage to fellow Romanian Constantin Brancusi. Rantzer's works deal idiosyncratically with larger themes of civic justice, class warfare, and environmental destruction. But the objects themselves never lose a sense of childhood wonder and fascination blending horror and humor to jolt the viewer's thought processes.
Maya Attoun, b.1974, Jerusalem - Maya is one of the brightest new artists in Israel. Her works mine the mysteries of existence but use bodily imagery, plant forms, graphs and even ships and rocks to anchor her thoughts in the real world. Systems are replicated and deconstructed, the rational is questioned and dichotomies abound. Order is disrupted, identities are questioned, but the beauty and awesomeness of life is not forgotten but foregrounded. Ultimately these are environmental and ecological questions about where the human leaves off and the rest of existence begins. She is an installation artist as well as a consummate draughtsman and printmaker. Future works are sure to be groundbreaking and quite unique.
Yitzak Livneh, b.1952 Ashkelon, Israel - An artist of international standing, Livneh is one of the world's best pure painters. His canvases explore the visual process. Early works hinted at a narrative while creating eerie scenes of cars, buildings and seacoasts at dawn or sunset. Later works have explored interior spaces down to folds of clothing, tablecloths and jewelry. Recent paintings have explored the elements of vision: color, spatial relationships, how images are formed. Livneh is about to have a major museum retrospective in Israel. He is the winner of the Jaques O'Hana Prize and the Hermann Struck Prize.
Jan Rauchwerger, b.1942 - Ukranian born Jan Rauchwerger is one of the finest artists ever to work in Israel. He is now an internationally recognized master. Following a major retrospective at the Israel Museum in 2004, he had another retrospective in Moscow. While some of his works are reminiscent of Bonnard, he is his own master. Concentrating on the everyday of housescapes and interiors, nudes, still lifes, and domestic animals, he brings a phenomenal sense of color and a sensitivity to every nuance of subject. At first glance his works seem simple, accessible and non-provocative. After repeated viewings the depth, complexity, and intensity of his vision are revealed. Each of his paintings serves as material for self-analysis and a deeper understanding of universal questions. Redhead Michal, newly acquired by the gallery, was exhibited at the Israel Museum in 2004 as part of a Rauchwerger retrospective exhibition.
Yaacov Agam, b.1928 - Agam is the most famous living Israeli artist. He works in Paris but is an international figure. Agam has done kinetic (moving) art works (figuratively and literally) all over the world. He works in every medium – even painting the entire Le Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. He has designed rooms for the President of France and a fire and water fountain for the center of Tel Aviv. Recent projects include decorating a huge office building in Mexico City and designing and decorating a complex of buildings along the water north of Tel Aviv.
Zvi Shorr, b.1898, d.1979 - Shorr was the patron artist of Petah-Tikvah. He was influenced by Cezanne and worked all his life in the Post-Impressionist style. Shorr’s scenes of early Palestine in this century and his landscapes and still lifes are magnificent images.
Alona Harpaz, b.1971 - Harpaz is a Berlin-based Israeli artist who confronts today’s glam world head on with her provocative paintings. These works in baby blue, egg yolk and Lolita pink depict figures seemingly standing on the edge of Eden. Alone with themselves and their fantasies they face a world where human aspirations and beliefs confront a reality check. The glitter and stars meet the recognition of an emptiness at the core in figures emerging or trapped in thick layers of white. The mixture of glamour and doubt makes Harpaz one of the most powerful new artists of her generation.