Siona Shimshi

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Siona Shimshi
Siona Shimshi in 1963
Born1939 (age 79–80)
EducationAvni Institute, Alfred University, Greenwich House Pottery
Known forPainter, 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)
AwardsArie 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. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. 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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