Born 1933 in Krakow, Poland. Immigrated to Israel (Palestine) in 1940 and settled in Haifa.
In the course of his 25 years’ practice as a scientific glassblower, his creative inclinations gradually drew him away from technology towards art. In 1978 he re-settled in Ein-Hod Artists’ village, to build his home and studio there.
Taking advantage of his long experience in lamp-work techniques, utilizing glass tubing as raw material, Arbell creates glass vessels and amphoras, in the traditional Middle-Eastern spirit of this region. The unique colors, textures and patina, are obtained by treating the glass with metal- based solutions, prior to and during its formation in the flame.
About his work, he says:
“I live and work in this country and area of the Mediterranean, believed to be the origin of glass. It is only natural that my work should be inspired by and reflect designs which have their roots in this environment”.
As to the transition towards his sculptural work, he observes:
In time, a need to widen and deepen my concept of form, resulted in the transition to sculpture. This required new skills and patterns of thought, which deviated from those I had been trained in and familiar with. My sculptures are a dialogue with the fluid material, which frequently carries me away from, or beyond the original idea, and allows me, at my advanced age, the joy of play, discovery and creativity”.
1996 Group exhibition of Israeli glass art, the Wilfried Israel Museum, Hazorea, Israel.
1991 Featured artist at Delmano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
1991 Featured artist at Ropex International, Osaka, Japan.
1991 Group exhibition at Palacio Galveias, Lisbon, Portugal.
1991 Group exhibition Musees Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Bruxelles, Belgium.
1990 Group exhibition at Bibliotheque Forney, Paris, France.
1988 Group exhibition at Caro Art Gallery, Haifa, Israel.
1988 One-Man exhibition at Noga Jewelry Center, Haifa, Israel.
1988 Group exhibition, “The Land of Israel Promotion”, Boston, Mass, U.S.A.
1987 Group exhibition, the Rothchild Foundation Center, Jerusalem, Israel.
1986 Group exhibition, “Silica” School of Glass-Arts, Old Jaffo, Israel.
1983 One-Man exhibition Wilfrid Israel Museum, Hazorea, Israel.
1982 One-Man Studio presentation, Ein-Hod, Israel.
1981 One-man exhibition Artim Gallery, Den-Haag, Holland.
1981 Group exhibition, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein, Munich, Germany.
1981 One-man exhibition Handwerkspflege-in-Bayern Gallery, Munich, Germany.
1980 Group exhibition of Ein-Hod artists, “Israel Week”, Munich, Germany
1965 Group exhibition of Israeli glass artists, Haaretz Glass Museum, Tel- Aviv, Israel.
1960 Invited artist to contemporary glassware exhibition, The Institute of
Industrial Design, Haifa, Israel.
At his home and studio, situated in the magnificent landscape and scenery of Ein-Hod artists’ village, on the hillside of Mt.Carmel, over-looking the Mediterranean sea, Alex Arbell lives with his family and fellow artists of diverse disciplines. He runs his dynamic flame-work studio, where he intensively teaches classes in lamp-worked glassblowing as well as in the technique of flame-working the colorful Italian MURANO glass cane, into beads and other items.
His unique and widely south for techniques take him overseas frequently, to give a workshop on invitation, by various glass-art centers.
Arbell’s work is exhibited in major glass galleries throughout the U.S.A., Europe and Japan, as well as in Museums and private collections, in Israel and overseas.
Since 1981 Ein-Hod Artist’s Village Gallery, Ein-Hod, Israel.
Since 1983 “The Glass Gallery”, Bethesda, MD, USA.
1983 – 87 “The Glass Store”, Madison Ave., New York, NY, U.S.A
1987 – 89 Artal Gallery, Old Jaffo, Israel.
1987 – 89 Caro Art Gallery, Haifa, Israel.
1988 – 89 Clear Horizon Gallery, San Diego, CA, U.S.A
1988 – 90 Tamaru Arts and Crafts, Herzliya, Israel.
1988 – 90 Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A
1990 Eileen Kremen Gallery, Fullerton, CA, U.S.A
1990 Los Angeles County Museum Gallery, Los Angles, CA, U.S.A
1990 Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO, U.S.A
1990 The Azabu Museum of Art and Crafts, Tokyo, Japan.
1990 Arte-Vetro Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1990 Ropex International, Osaka, Japan.
Since 1991 Del-Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A
Acquisitions and other activities:
1965 Works acquired by the Haaretz Glass Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1990 Demonstration at the Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, U.S.A
1990 Works acquired for the Irvin Borowski collection, Phila, PA, U.S.A
1990 Works acquired by Los Angeles County Museum, Los-Angeles, CA, U.S.A
1990 Workshop and feature at Niijima International Glass Art Festival,
1990 Niijima Glass Art Center, Niijima, Japan.
1991 Invited guest artists, presents a one-week seminar on lamp-work, at Ropex International Studio, Osaka, Japan.