Elisha Ben Yitzhak
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Elisha Ben Yitzhak
|Born||October 4, 1943|
Kfar Blum, Israel
|Education||Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Avni Institute of Art and Design|
Elisha Ben Yitzhak (Hebrew: אלישע בן יצחק; born October 4, 1943) is an Israeli painter and the CEO of Heavenly International Tours. His paintings have been exhibited around the world and received awards. He is the founder of the International Biennale Artists.
Elisha Ben Yitzhak was born in Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Israel. His parents immigrated to Israel in 1936 after being in a Zionist movement. Being raised in the Kibbutz, Ben Yitzhak worked in the farm in his childhood. He served as a paratrooper in the Israeli army. Ben Yitzhak started painting after seeing a close friend getting killed by a hand-grenade in training accident in 1963. In 1966, he started to study under the guidance of master artists in the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and 2 years later he studied art at the Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel Aviv.
In 1985, Ben Yitzhak moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States, after working for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. In 1971 Ben Yitzhak served as an education emissary to South Africa and Zimbabwe and 1980–1983 he was served as a cultural emissary to the Midwest region of the United States. He did not paint for 21 years. In 2006, he started painting again. His first painting after 21 years is called “Emotions”.
In 2009 Ben Yitzhak was invited to exhibit his paintings at the prestigious Florence Biennale exhibit of contemporary art, and it was there when he founded the International Biennale Artists group of over 1200 acclaimed artists from all corners of the world. The principals of this group are to establish a dialogue among artists and make arrangements for group shows around the world.
In 2010 the NY Arts Magazine placed him in the top of their website. Susan Walshe, the Executive Editor of the NY Arts published a comprehensive article about Ben Yitzhak's art. Leon Harari, an art critic wrote about Ben Yitzhak's art ““Elisha’s pictures have a unique and independent style of their own with so much rhythm. Most of his images combine both figurative and surrealistic elements, as if they were taken from a different world, but yet are strikingly realistic and appealing. When looking at Elisha’s paintings you feel certain warmth radiating from the different colors. As one gazes, one is lulled by the lyrical composition of the delicate lines. These colors have an impact similar to the effect of pastels in the work of the great impressionists. Elisha expresses his feelings, emotions and personal experiences through most astonishing paintings, which are revered around the world and considered extraordinary. The more you gaze at these paintings, the more you love them, so much so that you cannot help but be affected by the artist’s romanticism.”
In 2012, he was selected among few other artists to appear on the "Russian Art 2012" book, by the "Russian Art" project, which includes the artist's paintings and biographies. The anthology is one of the most important editorial project and the biggest authority in Russia in the field of art. Elisha choose to display his paintings "In Jaffa", "Monologue", "My Song", and "Silent Love", upon the recommendation of the Russian art critic Mr. Andrey Epishin.
Ben Yitzhak has 2 daughters and a son, and he currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA.
Ben Yitzhak's art has been exhibited around the world, including Israel, the United States, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Great Britain and South Africa. In 2009, he was invited by the judges of the world-renowned Biennale International Art Exhibition from December 5–13 in Florence, Italy, to exhibit his paintings. He exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions.
Elisha Ben Yitzhak is a contemporary artist, working with a variety of media, such as oil, water colors and acrylic. His paintings are influenced by Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, and Vincent van Gogh. They include “In Jaffa”, “Jerusalem”, “Monologue”, “At Last”,” Village on a Mountain”, “Emotions”, “Silent Love”, “Love” and many more.
- Official website
- Heavenly International Tours website
- The International Biennale Artists website
- The Melody of Memory on the New York Arts Magazine
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