ITZHAK SHMUELI 1941-1994

Sculptor, Painter and Product Designer

contact information:
Haica Shmueli: 052.3033335, 04.9842339
Email: stavart@netvision.net.il

Born Baghdad, Iraq, eighth of ten children family
Immigrated to Israel, 1950
Studied at the Neve Hadassa boarding school
At the age of sixteen he left the school and went to live with the fisherman in Eilat, where he began to draw and paint.
He served in the Israeli Marines for two years and after completing military service became a sailor and traveled the world for four years. Wherever the ship anchored, he visited galleries and museums in order to understand and learn about different cultures, thus compensating for his lack of formal education.
On one occasion, when his ship docked in Eilat, he met the movie crew filming the movie “Hor be Levana” and was asked to be an extra.
That meeting with creative people from Tel Aviv people led him to the famous Cassit café on Dizengoff Street, where he became acquainted with well known artists such as Uri Zohar, Shmulik Krauss, Itzhak Dantziger, Alexander Pen, Ygal Tumarkin, Haim Hefer, Itze Mambush, Dan Ben Amotz, Amos Kenan, Uri Lifshitz and many others.
At the Cassit he exhibited a huge oil painting that served as his introduction as an artist and gave him the opportunity to participate in an exhibition at the Helena Rubinstein Museum in 1965.
In 1965 he met Haica at the office of the architects Arieh and Eldar Sharon. They married and in 1975 left Tel Aviv to settle in the Ein Hod Artists Village with their three children, Eran, Yael and Hed, who also became artists.

Exhibitions (partial list)
1965 Group exhibition Helena Rubinstein Museum
1970 Group exhibition Engineers House Tel Aviv
1970 Group exhibition Binyanei Ha’uma Jerusalem
1972 Group exhibition Israel Museum Jerusalem
1985 Group exhibition Nitzana Terminal
1990 Group exhibition “milestones”, The Open Museum, Tefen
1990 Sculpture Biennale Ein Hod
1996 Group exhibition Marine Museum Haifa

Installations
1972 Interactive Play Sculpture, Rabin Square Tel Aviv
1975 “Undulations”, Ecological Installation, Hilton Beach, Tel Aviv
1982 Halalim Manifest agaisnt the war, Fields of Kibbutz Ga’ash

Environmental works (partial list)
Twelve sculptures for The Open Museum, Tefen
Sculpture for INTEL, Matam, Haifa
Mural for Visa Building, Givataym
Sculptures, Oshaya Park
Sculptures, Geological Canyon, Qiryat Shemona
Water Sculpture, Ordea Square, Ramat Gan
Water Sculpture, Babaiov Building, Ramat Gan
Water Sculpture, Pyramid, Akko
Water Sculpture, Nahariya, Main Entrance
Gate, Louis Promenade, Haifa
Water Sculpture, Sokolov Square, Holon

Monuments (partial list)
Monument for “The Blood Bus” Glilot Junction
Monument for The Ghetto Fighters, Sderot
Sculpture for the Memory of a Pilot. Maayan Zvi

Prizes
1985 First prize, Yad VaShem Competition
1969 Two prizes, Competition for Public Works sponsored
by the Building Ministry and the Council for Beautiful Israel
Designs for Small Sculptures
Israeli Navy Commander Prize for Creative Thinking
The International Bible Competition

 

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