Ziffer was born in 1902 in Przemyśl, Austria-Hungary. He emigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1919. In 1924–33, he studied sculpture in Vienna, Berlin and Paris. Stone sculptures by Ziffer are on display at the campuses of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ziffer bequeathed his sculpture garden in Safed to the Safed Municipality. He left his home in Tel Aviv and many of his sculptures to Tel Aviv University.
Ziffer died in 1989 in Tel Aviv.
Prizes and acclaim
Albert Einstein said of Ziffer:
- "Du bist ein Ziffer und ich bin Ein stein aber du arbeitest mit stein und ich arbeite mit ziffern" ("You are a figure (ziffer—figure, digit, number) and I am a stone (ein stein) but you work with stone and I work with figures").
Einstein also described his work as "simple and noble as the man who created it."
- 1938, "Unknown Pioneer", at New York International Fair
- Memorial in honour of the breakthrough at the Burma Road, Hulda
- Memorial in honour of the fighters of the Givati Brigade and members of Kibbutz Nitzanim killed in the Israeli War of Independence, 1948
- Sculpture Garden, Safed
- 1958, "Lot's Wife", Brussels International Exhibition
- "List of Dizengoff Prize laureates" (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv Municipality.
Ziffer, Moshe; with Jonel Jianou, Arted, Paris, France ISBN 2-85067-056-1
Tal, Miriam (text).—Ziffer Sculpture Garden Artists Colony Safad, United Artists, Tel Aviv, 1972.
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