Moshe Kupferman

Moshe Kupferman (1926-2003) was born in Yaroslav, Poland. In 1941 he was deported with his family to the Ural camp, living in Kazakhstan and the DP camps in Germany. After the war he returned with his sister to Poland. There he joined the Dror movement and was sent to Germany. He was interned in a DP camp and was later sent to a seminar of the movement in the village of Indersdorf, where he immigrated to Israel on the ship "Narcissus" in 1948 and was sent to a new immigrant camp in Ra'anana, and in 1949 he was one of the founders of Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot.

During the 1960s, Kupferman created an abstract painting that was influenced by the art of the "New Horizons" group. During the 1970s, he developed his personal abstract style, which was based on "building" and "erasing" the composition of the painting. This process reveals the traces of the creation process. Despite the severe abstract nature of Kupferman's works and his detachment from identified images, some of his works can be found in historical-political contexts. In 1983, for example, he created the group of works "In Times of Collapse," devoted to Emil Grunzweig and in 1984, following the Sabra and Shatila massacre, the album of drawings "with Beirut after Beirut and Beirut." In 1999 he created the series of paintings "Rift and Time", which is one of the first and direct references in Kupferman's work to the Holocaust.

In the year 2000 Kupferman won the Israel Prize for painting. After his death, in 2003, his studio became into an exhibition space for his works.

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