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Elisha Ben Yitzhak was born in Israel in 1943. He studied art at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and at the Avni Art Institute in Tel Aviv under the guidance of master artists. Elisha moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, in 1985. His paintings have been exhibited in museums, galleries, art festivals and private art exhibits in numerous countries around the world including a group exhibit at the famed Tate Gallery in London. Elisha’s paintings have also appeared in numerous publications and electronic media.

An art critic wrote about Elisha’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.”

Quoted by Leon Harari, an art critic in Israel

Elisha’s Personal Statement

Since young age, painting and sculpturing have always been a major part of my whole being. My paintings are about the essence and rhythm of life, all depicting symbols of life the way I see it. I have always strived to reach the ultimate balance in composition and colors. The struggle of making a society more receptive of art in general has followed me throughout my life. I strongly believe that art plays an important roll in every society by transforming thinking and understanding of the immediate surroundings. I faced numerous challenges in my artistic life but the desire to paint prevailed. Private art collectors, galleries and museums around the world have acquired many of my paintings.

Elisha Ben Yitzhak, Artist

View my presentation to the Milwaukee Art Museum here (PDF, 648kb)

Below is my studio in Kibbutz Ma’ale Hahamisha 1965 – 1971

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