From soft pastel to light, from the poetic to the fantastic, the human to the divine, this is the part taken by Yoël Benharrouche, a renowned artist with a striking career.
Born to deeply religious parents in Beersheva in 1961, he grew up in Aschdod where he soon developed a passion for the Scriptures and became a familiar face at various study centres. He arrived in Nice in 1974 and in 1985 completed his Fine Arts training, studying fundamental Jewish texts and teaching drawing. His first canvases show great sensitivity, with an underlying taste for the Absolute and a search for new aesthetics which express his mystical conception of Man and the World. In 1993, he returned to Israel and set up home at the gateway in the desert and, against this grand background steeped in history and spirituality, gave free reign to his inspiration. Alongside his wife and five children, he sculpts and paints a world where the material becomes spiritual, and the lyricism of colors and the delicacy of forms are a celebration of the Creator and his Creation. Today, Benharrouche exhibits his works throughout the world. His works form part of many private collections and critics hail him as a confirmed talented artist.