Siona Shimshi

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Siona Shimshi
Siona Shimshi 1963
Born 1939
Tel Aviv
Nationality Israeli
Education Avni Institute, Alfred University, Greenwich House Pottery
Known for Painter, sculptor,[textile designer]
Notable work 30 years active academic career. 33 one person exhibitions Israel & abroad. Over 50 group shows'. Curator of 21 thematic exhibitions. Curator of the Israeli Internet Art Biennial 2012-2014.
Spouse(s) Jachin Hirsch (1934-2011)
  • Arie El- Hanani: Prize for Art in Architecture (1988)
Patron(s) Collaborated with The Architects: Dora Gad. Aba Elchanani. Rafael Blumenfeld. Heinz Penchel.

Siona Shimshi (also "Ziona"; Hebrew: ציונה שמשי‎; born 1939) is an Israeli painter, sculptor, ceramist, and textile designer.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Shimshi was born in Tel Aviv, to Haya Rivka (Kuklanski) and Avraham Shimshi, who had immigrated to Mandate Palestine from Lithuania in 1933.[1][4][5][6] She married Jachin Hirsch, an Israeli filmmaker, in 1961.[7]

She studied at the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv from 1956–59, with Avigdor Stematsky, Yehezkel Streichman, and Moshe Mokady.[4][8][9] She also studied ceramics at Alfred University in New York, from 1959–62, as well as at Greenwich House Pottery in New York City.[4][5][10][11]

Art career[edit]

In 1965, she was a co-founder of a group of artists called the "10+ Group", along with artists Buky Schwartz, Raffi Lavie, and others.[12][13]

Shimshi was head of the Ceramic Design Department and taught as a professor at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, from 1979–87.[4][8][14][15][16] In 1979, she designed the set for a performance of A Simple Story by Shmuel Yosef Agnon for the Habimah Theater in Tel Aviv.[4]

In 1993–94, she was the curator of an exhibition of Dora Gad, in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.[4][17]

Among her creations are a work in wood that is exhibited in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, a wall hanging at the Tel Aviv Hilton, a 1998 sculpture for Israel's 50th anniversary that is exhibited in Holon, glass walls at Kennedy Airport in New York City, and a 2004 portrait painting of Natan Alterman that appears on the facade of Tel Aviv City Hall.[4][18]


Shimshi was awarded the 1988 Arie El Hanani Prize by the Joshua Rabinowitz Foundation for Arts, for her sculpture in Goren Goldstein Park in Tel Aviv.[4]

See Also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dwila Bloom, Vincent Walter (1994). Multicultural art activities kit: ready-to-use lessons and projects with 194 drawings, photos, and color prints. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ Kirstin Olsen (1994). Chronology of women's history. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ Lois Decker O'Neill (1979). The Women's book of world records and achievements. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Artists' Information". Israel Museum Information Center for Israeli Art. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Ruth Dayan, Wilburt Feinberg (1974). Crafts of Israel. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ "". Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ "". Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Adrian M. Darmon (2003). Autour de l'art juif: encyclopédie des peintres, photographes et sculpteurs. Carnot. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ Ran Sheḥori (1976). Art in Israel. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ Emmanuel Cooper (2000). Ten thousand years of pottery. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  11. ^ Ruth Dayan, Wilburt Feinberg (1974). Crafts of Israel. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ Armon, Ellie (February 22, 2011). "Video art pioneer passes away at 77". Haaretz. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ Gil Goldfine (March 28, 2008). "A round of applause for nostalgia". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  14. ^ International Association of Universities (1983). International handbook of universities and other institutions of higher education, Volume 9. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  15. ^ Angela Levine (February 22, 1991). "Distinctive Pottery". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  16. ^ Meir Ronnen (May 23, 1997). "Crafty Art". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  17. ^ Saar, Yuval (March 15, 2011). "Dora Gad's private sanctuary". Haaretz. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  18. ^ Will Grohmann; Sam Hunter (1966). New art around the world: painting and sculpture. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 

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