Zeev Ben-Zvi

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Zeev Ben-Zvi (1938)
Photo from the Information Center for Israeli Art archive, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Portrait of Aharon Meskin

Zeev Ben-Zvi (Hebrew: זאב בן-צבי‎) (1904–1952) was an Israeli sculptor born in Ryki, Poland, whose work influenced a generation of sculptors.[1]


Ben-Zvi studied at Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw, before emigrating to the then British Mandate of Palestine in 1923, where he studied at the Bezalel School of Art and Craft, Jerusalem from 1923 to 1924. When the New Bezalel School was opened, he taught sculpture there from 1926 to 1927. In 1937, he travelled to Paris and then to London from 1937-1938.[2]

In 1947, he was the teacher of Zwy Milshtein during his stay in chyprus island.[citation needed]

He specialized in portrait heads in beaten copper and mounded plaster, which he treated in a cubist manner. In 1947, he created one of his most moving works, the monument "In Memory of the Children of the Diaspora" in Mishmar Haemek.


  • In 1953, Ben Zvi received the Dizengoff Prize for Sculpture.[3]
  • Also in 1953, he was awarded the Israel Prize, for sculpture,[4] being the inaugural year of the prize, and was accordingly the first artist to be awarded this honor.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Newman, Elias, Art in Palestine, Siebel Company, publishers, New York 1939
  • Gamzu, H., Ben-Zvi, Sculptures, 1955


  1. ^ Encyclopaedia Judaica 1971 Edition
  2. ^ "Zeev Ben-Zvi". Information Center for Israeli Art. Israel Museum. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "List of Dizengoff Prize laureates" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv Municipality. 
  4. ^ "Israel Prize recipients in 1953 (in Hebrew)". Israel Prize Official Site. Archived from the original on January 24, 2010. 

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