Zamy Steynovitz (1951-2000)


Zamy Steynovitz was born in Liegnitz, Poland on January 15, 1951. As a child, he won a national art prize, just before he moved to Israel in 1957. Zamy studied at the Art School, Tel Aviv, and at the Royal Academy of London and his images are reflections of his Jewish and Eastern European heritage. Some of his works suggest the magic of Chagall brought they are brought alive again in the colors and style of the present generation. His subject-matter is strongly influenced by religious folklore and stories within the Jewish tradition but his compositions also reflect his favorite themes, like Paris, flowers, angels, and circuses.

His trip to South America in the mid-1980s inspired him to paint with a more saturated color palette. The local brightness that surrounded him was so powerful that his tones became richer and his hues became more vibrant. Together, these changes pushed him to become a more sensitive artist, soaking in more of his surroundings.

One of Israel’s most popular artists, he maintained studios both in New York and Tel Aviv. Widely exhibited, he was honored by Heads of State throughout the world. His works have been presented by President Jimmy Carter, Prime Minister Begin, Pope John Paul II, and the Dalai Lama. He was an ambassador of peace and his works speak of love, joy, and the sanctity of family life and all creation. He is recognized by the Nobel institute for Peace in Norway and is acquainted with many Nobel prize winners like Anwar Sadat, Menahem Begin, the Dalai Lama, Itzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Elie Wiesel, Desmund Tutu, Oscar Arias, the ex President of Cost Rica as well as many politicians and artists.

Zamy worked tirelessly in the creation of paintings, serigraphs, and embellished serigraphs, along with the publication of books, calendars and other artistic collectables until his untimely passing in the year 2000.



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