Avner Moriah, Israeli (1953 - )

Avner Moriah was born in Jerusalem in 1953, where he now lives and works. His childhood was infused with the history of the Jewish people; his character shaped by the hard events of the beginning of the State.

Moriah documents the land and cityscapes of Israel — painting the sunlight as it falls upon the slopes and stone buildings, creating a mosaic of colors and shapes. He paints the changing topography of Israel, traveling up and down the African-Syrian rift — the gateway of mankind from Africa to the Middle East and beyond — capturing its light and air, its hills and valleys, and the civilization that has hunkered down along its length.

Moriah attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Architecture, where he received his BFA in 1980. The following year, he went to the United States to study contemporary figurative art at Yale University's Graduate School of Art and Architecture, where he received his MFA.

Today, Avner Moriah's works have been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Israel Museum, the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, among others.

He is renowned for his pictures of Israel, Jerusalem landscape pictures, Jerusalem Wailing Wall pictures, and interpreting the Israeli landscape in oil painting as well as the creation of visual chronicles of the historic saga of the Jewish people and large-scale public works for synagogues, educational institutions, and national memorials and monuments.

 

EDUCATION


1983 - M.F.A. Yale University School of Art and Architecture

1980 - B.F.A. Bezalel Academy of Art and Architecture, Jerusalem


PERMANENT INSTALLATIONS


Against the Odds
Ammunition Hill, Jerusalem

Gathering at Mount Sinai
Jewish Theological Seminary, New York

Women's Zodiac
Women's League for Conservative Judaism JTS, New York


EXHIBITIONS

Traveling


1998
Against the Odds - The Israeli War of Independence

1995-1998
Landscapes of Israel
Chase-Freedman Gallery, Hartford
Philadelphia Museum of Judaica
Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem


Personal Exhibitions


1995
Landscapes of Israel
Adine Fine Art Gallery, New York

1992
The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain
Jerusalem Theater, Jerusalem

1991
Landscapes
Milton Weill Gallery, 92nd Street "Y"
New York City

The Jews of Spain
Yeshiva University, New York City

1990
Jerusalem Day Celebration
New York City Hall, New York City

1989
Avner Moriah
Cornell University Gallery

1989
Avner Moriah at The Forum Gallery
New York City

1988
Avner Moriah at Galerie Samuel Lallouz
Montreal

1987
Avner Moriah at Ruth Siegel Gallery
New York City

Avner Moriah
Smith College, Northampton

1986
Avner Moriah at Ruth Siegel Gallery
New York City

1985
Avner Moriah at Jamie Szkoke Gallery
New York City

1984
Avner Moriah at Bertha Urdang Gallery
New York City

Two-person Shows


1996
Landscapes
New England Center for Contemporary Art

1993-94
Landscapes of Israel
Ibero American-Israeli Cultural Foundation

1992
Jerusalem Landscapes
Traveling Exhibit in Israel

Israeli Contemporary Landscapes
Expo '92, Seville Spain

Sepharad
Vision Gallery, Belgrade
Horace Richter Gallery, Tel Aviv

Expulsion of the Jews from Spain
Worldwide Traveling Exhibit

1991
Soldiers and Civilians
National Cultural Hall, Tel Aviv

1988
In the Shadow of Conflict:
Israeli Art in the 1980s

The Jewish Museum, New York

Earth Day
State Legislature Gallery, Hartford

Landscapes
State Legislature Gallery, Hartford

Group Shows


2001
Krasdale Galleries

1988
Canton Art Institute, Ohio

Northwestern University, Chicago

Mary and Leigh Block Gallery

New England Center for Contemporary Art

Milton Weill Gallery, 92nd Street "Y"
New York City

The Rotunda of the U.S. Capital
Washington, D.C.

The Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal

Star Gallery, Boston

The Philadelphia Art Alliance

The International Monetary Fund
Washington, D.C.

Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art

The Jewish Museum, New York City

University of the South, Sewanee, TN

1987
Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York City

Art Institute of Boston

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

1986
Pump House Gallery, Hartford

Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York City

1985
Contemporary Gallery of Art, Los Angeles

Connecticut College, New London

1983
Bertha Urdang Gallery, New York

1982
General Electric Corporate Headquarters, Connecticut

1979
American-Israel Cultural Foundation
New York City


AWARDS, COMPETITIONS and GRANTS


1989
Jewish Memorial Foundation Grant

1988
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Connecticut Commission on the Arts

1987
ArtQuest '87

1986
ArtIsrael in the 80s

1983
National Drawing Competition,
Trenton State College

1982-83
Yale Scholarship

1980-81
Israel Commission on the Arts Scholarship

1979-80
American-Israel Cultural Foundation Grant

COLLECTIONS

Museum Collections


The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell Univ.

The Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Jewish Museum, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Skirball Museum, Los Angeles

Corporate Collections


AIOC Corporation, New York

Balfour Investments, New York

Continental Grain Corporation, New York

Dow Jones Corporation, New York

Family Management, Inc., New York

Forms and Worms, Inc., Connecticut

Kensington Publishing Corporation, New York

NPV Capital Partners, New York

Radius Ventures, LLC, New York

Shamrock Holdings, California

Venture Enterprises, New York

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