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ZVI MALNOVITZER

(born 1945)

AN ART OF FAITH CAPTURING THE TRUTH

ABOUT ZVI MALNOVITZER
...Malnovitzer has an unshakable belief in the need to bridge between Jewish identity and art. His paintings, rooted in his childhood and nourished by the timeless power of the Talmud and Jewish mysticism, stir the viewer to contemplation. I have often wondered why his creations awaken feelings of elation, wonder, and excitement. What is the meaning of the magic that suffuses them? No trickery here; not simply the hand of a master.

True creation is propelled by energy. It is a bubble of the subconscious. This level is only suggested; the visual message is transmitted without words.

Malnovitzer’s creation is far-reaching, beyond simple visual description. And even though its roots are planted in the soil of Israel, it speaks a universal language. Whether they are exhibited in Tokyo and Munich, or New York and Tel Aviv, collectors and art lovers are eager to acquire the works of this artist. His paintings are also offered at auctions, fetching ever-increasing prices.

Clearly, the timeless art we love to live with, art that transcends the dictates of the fashion of the moment like that of the avant-garde, evokes an enduring emotional response.

 

Zvi Malnovitzer – Biographical Notes
1945 Born in Bnei Brak, Israel, to an ultra-orthodox family. Early schooling in cheder.
1958 Received a letter of recommendation from the sculptor Ellul Kussow, expressing enthusiasm about the boy’s talent.
   
1960 While studying at the Ponevezh yeshiva, began to learn drawing from Yehuda Wallerstein, his neighbor in Bnei Brak.
   
1963 Drafted in the Army. Reserve duty in the Burial Division.
   
1966 Married and began working in a carpentry workshop in south Tel Aviv. Befriended the denizens of the neighborhood market and workshops, including vendors, beggars, and drunks, who became the subjects of his work.
   
1977 Participated in a group exhibition at the Sarah Kishon Gallery, Tel Aviv.
  Solo exhibition at the Herzl Street Bakery, Tel Aviv.
  Studied briefly at the Avni Institute, Tel Aviv.
  Was introduced to the works of Rembrandt when visiting the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and the works of Goya at the Prado Museum in Madrid.
   
1977-81 Attended seminars with the artist Ernst Fuchs, at Reichenau near Vienna.
   
1978 Returned to Israel. Sold his house and car to support his full-time vocation as an artist, with the blessing of the Rabbi of Lvov. Lived in Bnei Brak.
  Solo exhibition, Bental Gallery, Tel Aviv.
   
1979 Affiliated with the Hadassah Klatchkin Gallery, Tel Aviv
  Solo exhibition at the Schoninger Gallery, Munich.
  Studied in Paris.
   
1980 Solo exhibition at the Hadassah Klatchkin Gallery, Tel Aviv.
   
1982 Group exhibition in Philadelphia.
   
1982-83 Studied in New York.
   
1983 Group exhibition, Lillian Heidenberg Gallery, New York
  Group exhibition, Urbach Gallery, Vienna.
   
1984 Solo exhibition at the Yeshiva University Museum, New York.
   
1986 Solo exhibition at the Marunouchi Gallery, Tokyo.
   
1998 Affiliated with the Mayanot Gallery, Jerusalem.
   
1999 Represented by the Mayanot Gallery, Jerusalem
   
2000 Publication of an important catalogue by Mayanot Gallery, Jerusalem
   
2002 Solo exhibition at Waldorf Astoria , New York City.
   
2007 Exhibition at Mayanot Gallery Jerusalem with publication of an catalogue




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