Israel Hershberg


Israel Hershberg is a figurative painter who lives and works in Jerusalem, Israel. Hershberg is the director and founder of the Jerusalem Studio School.

He was born on November 7, 1948 in a Displaced Persons camp in Linz, Austria. In 1949, he immigrated to Israel. In 1958 he moved with his parents to the United States where he attended the Brooklyn Museum School, Brooklyn, NY from 1966 to 1968. In 1972 he got his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute. In 1973 he received his Master of Fine Arts from the State University of New York, Albany. From 1973 to 1984 he taught painting and drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and in 1984, he taught at the New York Academy of Art. That year, he moved back to Israel with his wife and family.

Hershberg was the recipient of a Ford Foundation scholarship in 1980. He was awarded the Sandberg Prize for Israeli Art in 1991 and the Tel Aviv Museum prize for Israeli Art in 1998. His work has been purchased by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum in New York City and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.