Itzhak Luvaton, The art of Judaica
My life story & artistic craftsmanship mirror the riches and inner complexity of Judaica art, where Jewish spirituality infuses the universal nature of art.
I was Born in Tel Aviv, received my higher education in a Jerusalemite Yeshiva, only to return back to the Mediterranean spaces of a Jaffa studio for the first stages of my career and travel back again, setting my permanent artistic home in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
The multilayer culture, geography and education of my youth and adolescence incorporated an authentic religious basis with a profoundly creative spirit, finding Judaica as the ultimate field for blending my natural gift for craftsmanship and my love of the most diverse materials. With time, I became a master of incorporating traditional motifs with a modern, innovative gist in a variety of materials and highly unique style which became my trademark.
My versatile training included the study of silversmithing and jewelry design in Omanit in Jaffa, with the master Gey Cristin, mastering engraving with the expert Engraver, Yash Ben-Zion, and studying hammering at Bezalel Academy with another exceptional master, Carol. I also studied Photography in the Gavra School in Tel Aviv.
While training to be an Engraver, I met my future colleague, Mauriciu Samuel, with whom I collaborated extensively in producing exceptional artifacts of cars, trains, airplanes etc., further presenting together in the 2012 notable "Chains of Silver" exhibition in the Museum of Diamonds in Ramat-Gan.
Ancient Jewish symbols find new, highly intricate and inspiring meaning within my contemporary, bold designs. I combine traditional methods of Silver craftsmanship with exotic Wood, Gold, Glass, Perspex and other materials, producing pieces of art with an unmistakable personal seal.
Along the years I exhibited extensively both in Israel and worldwide, including solo exhibitions in New-York, Chicago, New-Jersey and many other places.
Many private collectors and museums take pride in exhibiting my work.
In addition to my solo career, I constantly collaborate with other colleagues in designing exquisite pieces, such as prints combining Paper with 23 Carat Gold and Wood with Silver.
For the last 10 years I have made my artistic home in my Gallery in Jerusalem, which is located in the prestigious Inbal hotel in Jerusalem, where I continue each day anew to breath, create and advance the inexorable depth of Judaica.
You are most welcome to visit.