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Beloosesky Gallery is interested in purchasing paintings or drawings by Yair Garbuz.
Please call (917) 749-4577 or email us at
 info@beloosesky.com

Yair Garbuz is an Israeli multimedia artist who was born in Givatayim in 1945. He is also known in Israel as an author and as a humorist.

From 1962–1967, he was a member of Kibbutz Kfar Hachoresh. After serving in the Israel Defense Forces, he studied painting under Raffi Lavie, whom he considered a mentor. He also studied under Moshe Propes and Yehiel Kriza at the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv.

Garbuz's early work, in the 1960s, combined photographic collage and scribbling to create expressive figurative portrait. Garbuz began to exhibit his paintings in 1967. Since then, his works have been featured in dozens of one-man shows and group exhibitions in Israel and around the world.

In the 1970s, his work integrated influences of American Pop Art with Israeli social criticism. Garbuz employed a variety of media, from installations to artist's books which often contained dimensions of political reflection and self-parody. From 1974-1986, he created video art using techniques similar to collage, and wrote texts in the same style. Later, he returned to more traditional painting and created collages referencing the history of Israeli art.

His paintings are featured in important private and public collections in Israel and abroad. Garbuz also teaches painting. From 1973-2009, he taught at Hamidrasha Art School, which he headed starting in 1997. He has also taught at the Avni Institute, at Tel-Hai Academic College, and at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. 

Among his many pursuits, he lectures on art around Israel and writes about art as an editor of the satirical Davar Aher supplement. He is also an editor of the “Intimate Report” television program on culture, and edits and presents programs and columns on culture and society on radio, television, and the press, including a personal editorial he delivers on the Tik Tikshoret program on Israel Educational Television. 

Awards and Prizes

1983 America-Israel Cultural Fund grant for studies in the US 
1989 Artist-in-Residence, The Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1992 The Mendel and Eva Pundik Foundation Prize for Israeli Art Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
1994 Sokolov Prize for Journalism
1999 The Israel Discount Bank Prize for an Israeli Artist, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2000 Prize, Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport
2000 The Israel Discount Bank Prize for an Israeli Artist, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2004 EMET Prize for Science, Art and Culture, Prime Minister's Office