Naftali 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 immigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1939, at the age of fourteen with a Youth Aliyah group.
In addition to painting and sculpture, Bezem created murals, wall reliefs, tapestries, and stained glass windows. 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.
Awards and recognition
- Who's who in Israel. Israel: P. Mamut. 1961.
- "Naftali Bezem (1924-2018)". Bibliothèque nationale de France. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
- Naftali Bezem – Art with an Agenda
- Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture
- "List of Dizengoff Prize laureates" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv Municipality. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-17.
- Naftali Bezem, Jerusalem, Debel Gallery, Ein Kerem, 1980
- Ted W. Gross, Ben-Dov and I. Mintzer, The Passover Haggadah Illustrated by Naftali Bezem, Tel Aviv, 1982.
- Matthias Kohn, Naftali Bezem, Bern, Benteli Verlag, 1998 (Editions in German and in English).
- Open Museum, Naftali Bezem - Rope Ladder 1996-1999, Open Museum, 2000.