Agam, Yaacov(Israeli, b.1928)
Agam was born into a religious household in Rishon LeZion, Israel. His father was a rabbi who was deeply involved in Jewish religious matters, writing several books on the subject. Agam was in turn inspired by his father’s devotion to his religion and chose art as a way to visually express his spirituality. He began his education at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, later attending the Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule and Zurich University in Switzerland. Agam held his first one man exhibition in Paris in 1953, which consisted totally of kinetic, movable and transformable paintings. It was remarkable not only because of Agam’s work but also because the show consisted entirely of kinetic objects, a rarity in the art world.
Agam has continued to exhibit throughout the world and is a very well received artist. His work is bold and geometric, while adhering to the kinetic idea that art should be continually moving or “becoming.” In other words, he does not want to depict reality as frozen moments in time, but rather he uses bright colors and shapes to depict reality as an ever-moving, world punctuated with objects and colors.

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