Avigdor Stematsky

Avigdor Stematsky (1908-1989) was born in Odessa, the Russian Empire (now Ukraine). In 1913 he moved with his family to the Peodosia in the Crimea and in 1922 he immigrated with his family to Israel. 1925-26, in his youth, while studying at the Herzliya Gymnasium, studied art with the artist Orland and Josef Berlin. In 1926 he began studying at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, but left his studies after two years in 1929 and joined as a student of Yitzhak Frenkel's studio.
In 1929, Stematsky was among the exhibitors in an exhibition of the Massad group in the Ohel Theater hut. In 1930 he traveled to Paris, France, where he studied art. Upon his return to Israel in 1931, he taught art in various schools, including in Rishon Le'Zion. In 1948 he was a partner in the establishment of the "New Horizons" group, and along with Yehezkel Streichman and Yosef Zaritsky, one of the main artists in this group. Steimatzky lived and worked in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Stematsky's early work, from the 1920s and 1930s, is influenced by European modernist art. Among his paintings are portraits and landscapes in oil and watercolors. In the 1940s, the influence of the "School of Paris" was reinforced by the use of bold colors and free brush strokes. Beginning in the late 1940s, his tendency to abstraction in a style identified with the "New Horizons" group increased in his work. His works from the seventies and eighties show descriptions of watercolor landscapes alongside an abstract oil painting.

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