Aharon Bezalel

Aharon Bezalel  1925-2012, Aharon Bezalel  lived and worked in Jerusalem. His sculptures – works of wood, bronze, aluminum, Plexiglas – are shown at his studio in Ein Kerem. His sculptures can also be seen at many public places, both in Israel and worldwide. Aharon Bezalel was born in 1926 in the city of Harat, Afghanistan. His father, Reuven Bezalel, was a rabbi and kabbalis. In 1938 the family arrived in Jerusalem, settling in the Beit Israel neighborhood. In 1942 Aharon studied gold and silver crafting as well as applied arts and worked in these fields.  He also studied miniature carving with the artists Martin and Helga Rost applying himself at their workshop At the same time he took a special course intended for artists’ assistants at the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design. In 1950 he founded the arts department at the Seligsberg Vocational School in Jerusalem where he taught for twenty years. In 1952 – 1953, he studied sculpture with Zeev Ben Tzvi at the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design. Among his teachers, one could also count Mordechai Ardon and Isidor Aschheim. The year 1962 saw him presenting his first exhibition, followed by numerous other exhibits both in Israel and abroad. During 1971 he spent time with his family in the Cité des Arts in Paris, where he presented a one-man exhibition. In the course of 1974–1975, Aharon Bezalel served as chairman of the Artists’ Association in Jerusalem. He spent time in the years 1975–1976 in New York accompanied by his family. During this time he presented two exhibits. In 1982, the book “Aharon Bezalel” was published which documented his work up to that year. In 2006, the book “Aharon Bezalel, Sculptures” was released. His book “To Leave a Blessing – Memories of a Jewish Boy from Harat, Afghanistan” was published in 2009 by Yad Ben Tzvi.   Prizes: 1963 – Prize awarded by the Bezalel Museum for Design 1971 – Prize awarded by the City of Lansing, Michigan 1973 – The Jerusalem Prize 1974 – Prize awarded by Mayor Teddy Kollek 1988 – Prize awarded at the Miniature Exhibition in Toronto, Canada 2011 – Prize Ish-Shalom Lifetime Achievement