Hanoch Piven

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Hanoch Piven
Born (1963-08-21) August 21, 1963 (age 53)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nationality Israeli
Known for illustration
Notable work Book My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil (2010)
Book What Cats are Made of (2008)
Book My Dog is As Smelly As Dirty Socks (2007)
Book What Athletes are Made of (2006)
Book What Presidents Are Made Of (2004)
Book The Perfect Purple Feather (2002)

Hanoch Piven (born August 21, 1963 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is an Israeli mixed media artist best known for his celebrity caricatures.


Hanoch Piven was born in Uruguay and raised in Israel. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York, graduating in 1992.[1] When he returned to Israel in 1995, he began to work for Haaretz newspaper.[2]

Artistic career[edit]

Piven's illustrated compositions are assembled from common objects and scraps of materials, including items which might be associated with the subject (for example, using bologna and liquor bottles to create Boris Yeltsin for Haaretz in 2000.[3] His caricatures appear in Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic Monthly, The Times, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications.

In 2003, Piven began conducting international workshops in such cities as Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Toronto and others. The workshops follow the principles of Piven's own collage technique and encourage young people to experiment with common day-today objects and pieces of the world around them to create their own works of art.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Society of Illustrators Gold Medal (1995)
  • Society of Publication Designers Silver Medal
  • Art Directors Club Merit Award for Cover Illustration (1996)[4]
  • Folio Eddie & Ozzie awards Gold, Best Use of Illustration (2007)[5]
  • Time magazine, One of Ten in Best Children's Books Of 2004 (for What Presidents Are Made Of[6]

Published works[edit]

One-man exhibitions[edit]

  • The Czech Center, Prague (2011)
  • Plaza de la Concepción, Caceres, Spain (2011)
  • The Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles (2010)
  • Museo de los Niños, Guatemala City, Guatemala (2007)
  • Museo de los Niños, Costa Rica (2007)
  • Centro Cultura Judia, São Paulo, Brasil (2006)
  • Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2004)
  • Galeria Latina, Montevideo, Uruguay (2004)
  • Haifa Museum, Israel (2000)
  • Ashdod Museum, Israel (1998)
  • Kibbutz Ashdot Yaakov, Israel (1997)
  • School of Visual Arts, New York City (1992)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Atlantic Monthly Contributors". The Atlantic Monthly. 2000-02-01. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  2. ^ "The Embassy of Israel in Washington DC". 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Boris Yeltsin by Hanoch Piven". pivenworld.com. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  4. ^ "The Village Voice - About us". Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  5. ^ "National Audubon Society - News". National Audubon Society. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  6. ^ "Time 2004 Best and Worst". Time. 2004-12-18. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 

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