Month: July 2022 / 29. Tammuz 5782

Artist: Joel Itman

Welcome to the singular world of Joel Itman. It’s a realm populated with characters –  human, animal and imaginary – that share a universal sense of humanity in its best representation. The vibrant colors, fluid lines and often fantastic shapes in his art channel a liveliness that's organic and celebratory yet naïve.

Itman was born in Minneapolis, in the Upper Midwest region of the United States. He studied art and cinema in Minneapolis, Paris and New York, and has lived and worked in Italy for more than twenty-five years.

His Jewish upbringing and education have been highly influential, with his work elevating and placing that influence in a modern context. Yet he also has a more worldly point of view that can result in surprising juxtapositions and unexpected harmony.

Itman creates diverse original works, from colored pencil drawings on paper and painted ceramic tiles to stained glass windows. During the past fifteen years he has participated in individual and group shows in Italy, France and the USA.

Many of his original artworks are adapted to practical and decorative use in magnets, greeting cards, T-shirts, home décor and fine art prints. These pieces can be found in numerous museum gift shops and stores in Europe, the United States and Israel.

"When I create art one of my goals is to entertain the public, giving a sense of happiness and leaving them with a smile. Humor and irony are also an important element in my life and conveying that is essential."

Artist: Judy Kaufman

Judy Kaufmann is a Barcelona-based illustrator working with a colorful style. She works for various publishing houses and has created and published children's books in France, USA, Spain, and Denmark. Her work as an illustrator also allows her to work for press, advertising and pattern design.

“I think the time you spend drawing is proportional to the quality of your artwork, and the time you spend traveling is proportional to the quantity of inspiration…”
‘ᴥ’ judykaufmann

Artist: Gabriella Boros

Gabriella Boros was born in Jerusalem, Israel to Holocaust survivors. The family moved to the US for her father’s post-doctoral studies and settled in the States.

A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art, Gabriella has exhibited her multimedia works nationally and internationally since 1986. She currently focuses on woodblock prints, watercolors, and photography.  She has completed three artist residencies and is a recipient of a State of Illinois Artist Grant. She has been chosen to participate in two fellowships, the Spertus Museum’s Midwest Artist Lab and as an Artist Week Fellow by the Amen Institute. Her work is included in many private collections. Her handmade book Esh: Sanctity in Fire, Symbiosis and Eighteen Stones of Judaism are in the permanent collection of the University of Michigan Libraries Special Collections.

Her themes include Judaic commentary and the intersection of plants and humans. Most of her prints are created as series, with a theme, which she researches and develops into a visual narrative.