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Meet Famed Milwaukee/Israeli Artist Elisha Ben Yitzhak’s at Café Forté in Mequon


December 21, 2007

After a 21-year hiatus from painting, Israeli-born artist Elisha Ben Yitzhak, who now resides in Milwaukee, will be displaying his world-renowned paintings from now through Monday, Dec. 31, at Café Forte, 10530 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon.

The exhibit will feature prints and lithograph pieces, some of which have been shown in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Great Britain, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, and across the United States. A special “Meet the Artist” reception will also be held on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 3 – 6 p.m., and will be open to the public. Guests can meet and talk with Ben Yitzhak about his art and growing up as an artist in a farming community in Israel. The paintings will be on display during shop hours, Monday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information on Café Forte, call (262) 241-8819, or visit

Ben Yitzhak was born in Kibbutz Kfar Blum in Upper Galilee in Israel and studied art at Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and at the Avni Art Institute in Tel Aviv. He moved to Milwaukee in 1985 to focus on his business Heavenly International Tours and just recently got back into painting.

“Prior to living in Milwaukee, my whole life was art. It has been hard being away from it so long,” Ben Yitzhak said. “It’s burning inside of me, coming out, and now I can’t stop painting.”

One of his most popular works, In Jaffa, will be on display at Café Forte. Ben Yitzhak said he painted the picture after a visit to the Port of Jaffa in Israel. He left the faces blank to illustrate that feelings are more important than identity. Ben Yitzhak’s prints will be available for purchase, $150 framed and $100 unframed.

All of Ben Yitzhak’s works reflect personal experiences and symbols of life. “Most of my images combine both figurative and surrealistic elements. They might appear to be from a different world, but, upon closer inspection, are quite realistic and intriguing,” he said. His paintings can be viewed, along with an extended biography, on his personal Web site at

Written By Sara Pellowski

Source: MyCommunityNOW

This article was also featured in MequonNOW on Dec 1, 2007:

Source: MequonNOW

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