Skip to content

Beloosesky Gallery is interested in purchasing original paintings and drawings by Moshe Kupferman. 
Please call (917) 749-4557 or email us at

A Holocaust survivor known for gestural abstract paintings, Moshe Kupferman was born in Jaroslav, Poland, and during World War II, spent time in Ural and Kazakhstan internment camps.  He was the only member of his family to survive.  

In 1948, he settled permanently in Israel where he helped establish the country, especially Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot (Ghetto Fighters' Kibbutz) where he lived, worked, and is buried.  He died at age 77, survived by a wife, three daughters, and a son.

Moshe Kupferman's work links recent lyric abstraction to the modernistic. It is the result of a process beginning with free, uncritical expression bordering on personal confession, and continuing with critical painting, in which the artist "erases" his "confession". The final result testifies to the preceding stages, and to the inherent conflicts in his work, between expressive drama and introspection, form and atmosphere, destruction and construction. The contradictions he succeeded in integrating in his work placed Kupferman in the front ranks of Israeli art.

Exhibitions of his work were held at Paris' Musee National d'Art Moderne; the International Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland; and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  In 1998, he displayed his art at the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.  Also he had a one-person exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum.   In 2002, Jerusalem's Israel Museum held a major retrospective of his work. 

Biography partially from the Archives of AskART



1973    Studied with Joseph Zaritsky and Avigdor Stematsky


1971    Schiff Prize – from the Haifa Municipality
1972    Sandberg Prize from Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1991    Haim Gamzou Prize for the Advancement of the Arts, from Tel Aviv Museum of Art
1996    Sussman Prize for Paintings of the Shoah, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
1998    Eugen Kolb Prize for Israeli Graphic Arts, Tel Aviv Museum;
2000    Israel Prize for Painting, together with Michael Gross and Micha Bar Am.