Yehuda Neiman is an internationally acclaimed Israeli painter, photographer and sculptor. Born in Warsaw in 1931, his family was forced to emigrate to Palestine in 1938. Between 1945 and 1949 Neiman studied in Tel Aviv at the Academy of Fine Arts. Later he returned to Paris where he studied at the l’Ecole des Arts décoratifs , and in 1954 Neiman decided to stay in France and set up shop in Montparnasse.
‘From 1955 to 1965 he painted lyrical abstract paintings, concerning himself mainly with colors, by means of which he constructed his compositions of line, space, and light. At that time he was known as the leading “Luminist painter” because of his lyrical synthesis of space and light.
In 1966, he made his first mechanical works using photographs which were printed on sheets of canvas or painted aluminum. This “photoméchanique,” in which he was a master-artist, enabled him to multiply one photograph form and thus create a symmetrical composition.
His art portrayed an erotic spirit, using different parts of the human body as subject matter and creating erotic suggestions in the composition. He applied this “photoméchanique” method to silkscreen and sculpture.
Neiman held many exhibitions in Europe and Israel, and was represented at the “Erotic Art” exhibition in Sweden (1968), the “Mec-Art” exhibition in the Apollinaire Gallery, Milan (1969), and the Erotic Art exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, in the same year.’
The reader can visit Yehuda Neiman’s own website , and if you are fortunate to be in Paris sometime in the next 4 weeks you can visit an exhibition on his life’s work at Galerie Vallois It opens tomorrow, Friday 6 November.