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He was born in 1899 in Odessa, Ukraine.  He was a great-grandson of the famed Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev.  In 1917, he studied under Aleksandra Ekster at the Art Academy in Odessa. 

Frenkel immigrated to Palestine in 1919.  In 1920, he established the artists' cooperative in Jaffa and an artists' studio in Herzliya.  Later that year Frenkel traveled to Paris where he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and at the Academie de la Grande at the studios of the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle and painter Henri Matisse.  

On his return in 1925, Frankel opened the studio of painting arts of the Histadrut School in Tel-Aviv. He strove to bring the spirit of Parisian art to Palestine and championed the return to the principles of pure color and compositional arrangements, disconnected from any narrative, thus opposing the provincial trends of the Israeli art world. His students included Shimshon Holzman, Mordechai Levanon, David Hendler, Joseph Kossonogi, and Ziona Tajar. He was also a mentor to Bezalel Academy of Art and Design students Avigdor Stematsky, Yehezkel Streichman, Moshe Castel, and Arieh Aroch. In 1960, he moved to Safed, bring about the establishment of its famed artist colony.

One of the most important Jewish artists of the Ecole de Paris, Frenkel's contemporaries included Chaim Soutine, Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, Michel Kikoine, Pinchus, Mane Katz, and Jules Pascin.

Yitzhak Frenkel-Frenel died in 1981, in Tel Aviv, Israel and was buried in Safed.

Biography from the Archives of AskART


Awards and Commemoration

Yitzhak Frenkel-Frenel memorial plaque, Tel Aviv.

Won the Dizengoff Prize for painting twice, 1938 and 1948.

Exhibited in the first and second Venice Biennales.


Selected Collections

Israel Museum, Jerusalem