Albert Goldman

Albert Goldman, Born in Alexandria Egypt on June 2nd 1922. Goldman showed an early childhood serious talent for drawing and painting.  In 1940 he obtained a diploma of commerce and opted for a career in the hospitality industry, following in the footsteps of his parents who operated the Majestic Palace Hotel in Alexandria. He moved to Cairo in 1942 to study Swiss Hotel Management. By 1947 he was the manager of a Luxor Hotel.  In 1948, during the Israeli War of Independence, he was brutally attacked by a mob during an air raid by Israeli planes, accused of being a Zionist signaling to the enemy. He miraculously survived 12 stab wounds to the back. In March 1950 he married Lucette Blumenthal and they have been married until this day, but they both knew their days in Egypt were numbered.   On September 5th, 1951 the couple disembarked onto the shores of Israel aboard the ‘Artza’. Although he had been painting since childhood and studied art in Alexandria by Italian and Greek masters at the ‘Atelier’ School, his art coexisted with his Hotel responsibilities all the way to 1980. His hospitality career in Israel blossomed as a Hotel Manager, Consultant for new hotels, Organizer of the International Culinary Congress in Jerusalem, Catering advisor for Special Banquets on behalf of Israeli Presidents Yitzchak Ben Zvi and Zalman Shazar, and President of the Geneva International Hotel Association in Jerusalem.   In the meantime he still painted and studied art in the 50s, 60s and 70s. He studied under Avraham Yaskiel and Meyerovitch in Haifa and Moshe Propes in Tel-Aviv.  It was only in 1980 that he finally gave up his hotel career and focused exclusively on his art.  He has participated in many exhibitions in Jerusalem, Paris, New York, Tel Aviv and South Africa.  His works are in the collection of notable figures such as the late Pope Paul IV and the late Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia; Former presidents of Israel Itzhak Ben Zvi, Zalman Shazar, Itzhak Navon; Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, presidents of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Goldman, in his late 80s, is still painting to this day.