About the Artist

Ephraim Aryeh

Ephraim Aryeh

 

A cousin of the great Marc Chagall, Ephraim Aryeh spent his childhood growing up in a family of renowned artists.  His grandmother, a lifetime member of the esteemed Carmel Art Association, taught him the fundamentals of turning artistic vision into appreciable reality.  Ephraim Aryeh participated in many gallery showings and artist lectures at the Carmel Art Association, gaining an appreciation for the power of the classic medium of oil painting.

While attending the University of California at Santa Barbara, Ephraim Aryeh’s studies included art history, modern art and stained glass studio.  He also learned the rules of technical drafting, perspective, and three-dimensional modeling, and transforming his two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional work using machine tools.  Much of the freedom of modern art combined with the rigorous rules of technical drawing comes across in his work, which has flowing, organic quality to it but is still moored to the real world.

Moving to Israel in 2006, Ephraim Aryeh spent three years of intense study at the Machon Meir Yeshivah, The Meir Institute for Jewish Studies, where he strengthened knowledge of Tanach (the Hebrew Bible.)  Ephraim spent a great deal of time visiting archaeological sites, often with the very archaeologists performing the excavations.  Sometimes Ephraim would participate in the digs himself, his most riveting experience being sifting through debris taken from the sacred Temple Mount and holding bits of charred bone, remnants of the ancient sacrificial service.

 

Travelling the length and breadth of the Land of Israel, often to places usually closed to westerners for security reasons, with a Tanach in one hand and a notepad in the other, he gained a first-hand grasp of the layout, geography, flora, fauna, and climate of the holy land.  At that time Ephraim was influenced by Israeli Hassidic artist Moishe Page.  Collaborating on several projects, Ephraim developed his skills in and admiration for the power of the landscape genre.

These experiences synergize in Ephraim Aryeh’s contemporary work, which gives him a place to breathe life into those ancient ruins and make something new, forming a bridge between ancient spiritual greatness and modern-day reality.

“The Tanach teaches us that by carefully adhering to divine imperatives we are able to set our spirits free and achieve things we could never have done on our own.  So too in artwork, by harnessing the rules of color, perspective, and composition one can strike powerful chords in the soul.  It is the deliverance of the sublime biblical narrative into the here and now that I try to achieve with my artwork.”