Born in a small village in Israel in 1943, Ari Gradus won his first art award in Tel-Aviv by the time he was 12. After studying at the Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris and completing three years of military service, he came to the United States in 1968 and completed his formal education at New York University. He started exhibiting across the east coast and, in 1968, was invited by CBS-TV to be nationally televised on “Look Up and Live.”READ MORE +
In 1982, the Washington Square Art Committee selected his work to tour the country in an award exhibition. A year later, NBC featured his work on the program “First Estate.” Numerous publications also followed. Since 1995, Gradus has been featured in “Who’s Who in American Art” and he’s been commissioned by private collectors and organizations for unique pieces. Among these are several large paintings, one of which is displayed in the entrance to Anshe Emeth Temple, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and an original oil of the New York Stock Exchange, which hangs in the office of N.C.Z. Commodities, Inc. on Madison Avenue in New York City. Ari’s work is in the permanent collection of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in NYC, as well as in the collections of numerous temples, Jewish community centers and corporations.
He has had numerous one man shows in New York, Boston, Brussels, Munich, Paris, Tel Aviv and Haifa. He has received awards for his works from the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibition, New York, Maurice Podell Historical Museum of New Jersey, and the Annual Art Festivals of White Plains, N.Y. and Mystic, Ct.