Yair Garbuz (Hebrew: יאיר גרבוז, born 1945) is an Israeli artist. He was director of the HaMidrasha art school at Beit Berl College for 12 years. He is also known in Israel as an author and as a humorist.
Yair Garbuz was born in Givatayim, Mandatory Palestine. In 1962-1967, while a member of Kibbutz Kfar HaHoresh, he studied painting under Raffi Lavie. He also attended the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv. Since his debut in 1967, Garbuz's work has been exhibited in dozens of one-man shows and group exhibitions in Israel and abroad.
In 1973-2009, Garbuz taught at Hamidrasha, the art school of Beit Berl College, which he directed from 1997. He has also taught at the Avni Institute, Tel-Hai College, and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.
In the 1970s Garbuz employed a variety of media, from installations at artist's books which often contained dimensions of political reflection and self-parody. While later on he concentrated on paintings, his work often engages references to other artists, as well as visual and verbal jokes.
Awards and recognition
Yair Garbuz won the Emet Prize in 2004. His painting has been described as "adept in the poetics of loneliness, constantly lighting fires that signal from one mountaintop to the next an ironic wish to belong."
- A Home in the Galilee