Jacob Wexler, Latvian (1912 - 1995)
Jacob Wexler was born in 1912 in Latvia.
Wexler studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Hamburg before immigrating to Israel in 1933.
Affected at first by the German Expressionist movement, artists like the famed Rouault had an impact on Wexler’s figurative work and he embraced the Art Informal movement as his style moved gradually toward the abstract.
From 1948, Wexler became a founding member of the “New Horizons” group, one of Israel’s first leading art movements. He was the head of the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv where he taught art and design from 1966-1984.
Jacob Wexler’s first one-man exhibition in Tel Aviv in 1948 was followed by many more solo and group exhibitions both in Israel and abroad— Brazil’s Famous Sao Paulo Art Biennial in 1953 and the Graphics Biennale, held in Tokyo in1960, for example.
Wexler died in 1995. His canvases are known for their linear design. The works of this important Israeli artist, found in collections around the world, are still highly valued and searched for today.