From Holocaust to Rebirth
, cast aluminum sculpture by Naftali Bezem, 1970,
. From left to right the four parts art titled
Immigration to Israel
Young Girl with a Flower
, oil on canvas painting by Naftali Bezem, 1959, private collection
Naftali Bezem ( Hebrew: נפתלי בזם; born 1924) is an Israeli painter, muralist, and sculptor.
Biography [ edit ]
Bezem was born in
Essen, Germany, in 1924. His early adolescence was spent under Nazi oppression, in constant fear for the safety of his parents, who perished in Auschwitz concentration camp. Naftali emigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1939, at the age of fourteen with a Youth Aliyah group.
From 1943 to 1946, he studied art at the
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem with Israeli painter Mordecai Ardon. He then spent three years studying in Paris.
His most famous public works include a wall relief at
Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and the ceiling mural in the main reception room at the President's Residence, Jerusalem.
References [ edit ]
Further reading [ edit ]
Naftali Bezem, Jerusalem, Debel Gallery, Ein Kerem, 1980
Gross, Ted W., Ben-Dov and I. Mintzer, The Passover Haggadah Illustrated by Naftali Bezem, Tel Aviv, 1982.
Kohn, Matthias, Naftali Bezem, Bern, Benteli Verlag, 1998.
Open Museum, Naftali Bezem - Rope Ladder 1996-1999, Open Museum, 2000.