Moshe Gershuni

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Moshe Gershuni
Moshe Gershuni 2008.jpg
Moshe Gershuni, 2007
Born 1936 (age 77–78)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Nationality Israeli
Education Avni Institute of Art and Design, Tel Aviv
Known for Painting
Movement Israeli art

Moshe Gershuni (born 1936) is an Israeli painter.


Painting by Moshe Gershuni, Givon Gallery

Moshe Gershuni was born in Tel Aviv during the British Mandate for Palestine. His parents Yona and Zvi Kutner immigrated there from Poland in the 1920s. He spent his childhood in Tel Aviv and graduated from the local religious high school in 1954. He has two siblings; a brother named Avshalom and a sister named Mira. From 1960 to 1964 he studied at the Avni Institute of Art and Design, an Israeli art school located in Tel Aviv.[1]

Art career[edit]

Since the 1960s, Moshe Gershuni has adopted an iconoclastic approach, examining paradigms of conceptual art. In the 1970s, he began to experiment with performance art. At the Venice Biennale in 1980, Gershuni showed paintings on paper in red lacquer, amidst canals of blood, creating an atmosphere of Holocaust.[2] Using free scrawl, drip, finger paint and calligraphy, he conjures up personal, Zionist, Moslem and Christian symbols. These works seem to have been created in a trance.

After graduating in 1964 from the Avni Institute of Art and Design he worked as a professor at various art schools. From 1972 to 1977 he worked as a professor at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel's national school of art. From 1978 to 1986 he taught at the Art Teachers Training College, in Ramat HaSharon.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 1969 Aika Brown Prize, Israel Museum
  • 1982 Sandberg Prize for an Israeli Artist, Israel Museum
  • 1988 Minister of Education and Culture Prize for a Young Artist,
  • 1989 Kolb Prize, Tel Aviv Museum
  • 1994 Sussman Prize, Yad Vashem
  • 1995 Mendel and Eva Pondik Prize, Tel Aviv Museum
  • 2000 George and Janet Jaffin Prize Since America-Israel Cultural Foundation
  • 2003 Israel Prize was cancelled as he refused to participate at the awards ceremony
  • 2003 Honor Member of the LGBT community for his contribution to culture.
  • 2006 Yakir Bezalel Jerusalem

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Biography of Moshe Gershuni". C. Moss Gallery. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Moshe Gershuni: A Life in Art

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