About the artist:
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.