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Benjamin Levy
Israeli Surrealist Gentleman Dandy Figure, Benjamin Benny Levy Oil Painting



Original oil painting signed on the back in ink and titled "II" Provenance: Gramercy National Art's Club, New York City Benjamin Levy was born in Tel Aviv in 1940. He studied art in Israel under Abraham Yaskil, in Paris at the École de Montparnasse and in New York at the Pratt Graphic Art Center. After his studies he returned to Tel Aviv, where he set up a studio and later got married. In 1965 the Levy family moved to New York , where he soon achieved success and recognition. He now lives in New York , Tel Aviv and in the Ein Hod artistic colony in Israel. Since the late 1960s he has held over 80 one-man shows and has taken part in over 100 group shows in Israel, the United States and Europe. His work is included in many private and public collections throughout the world. The work of Benny Levy is steeped in memories of his family. He comes from a large family with roots in Yemen that later moved to Palestine and settled near the port of Jaffa. His paintings are filled with exotic images from his childhood memories and family photos. They send out signals which emphasize the unreal and dream-like space of his paintings and evoke an atmosphere that recalls the metaphysical works of Giorgio de Chirico and Rene Magritte.. His paintings give us an unexpected sense of déja-vu, recalling encounters with our own past, unconsciousness and dreams. Selected one-person Exhibitions: 1995 Nathan Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana 1995 National Arts Club, New York , New York 1993 Galerie maguy, Geneva, Switzerland 1991 La Gravida Gallery, Rome, Italy 1991 Union League Club, New York , New York 1991 Yeshiva University Museum, New York , New York 1985 Goldman Fine Art, Washington, D.C. 1985 Galerie Fabien Boulakia, Paris, France 1982 Editions Galleries, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1981 Galerij S65, Aalst, Belgium Public Collections: B´nai B´rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. The Jewish Museum, New York , New York Museum of Modern Art, Haifa, Israel Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Panama City, Panama Museo Sefardi, Toledo, Spain New York Public Library, New York , New York Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, California The Stedelijk Museum, Amserdam, Netherlands Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel Yeshiva University Museum, New York , New York


  • Creator
    Benjamin Levy (1940, Israeli)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Width: 22 in. (55.88 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3825671401

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