Shlomo Alter was born in Romania in 1936 to a family of restaurateurs. He was naturally gifted from an early age and he showed a precocious ability to draw.
He came to Israel in 1948 and during high school he started to study painting under the painter Aaron Avni. Two of his works in soft pastels took part in the UNICEF’s World Touring Exhibition of young painters. During the sixties he was sporadically guided in painting by the world-renowned painter, Marsel Yanko – also a family relative. In 1975, he decided to dedicate himself entirely to his artwork.
Since then, he has held many one-person exhibitions and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Israel.
His work is typified by a soft impressionist palette and a whimsical and naïve style. In his paintings, he will often paint beyond the canvas, onto the surface of the frame. He also utilizes the medium of original serigraphy to capture the subtle color variations and delicate drawing characteristics found in his work.