Michael Kovner

artist artwork
Michael Kovner was born in 1948 in Hadera, Israel to Vitka and Abba Kovner. Raised on Kibbutz Ein-Hachoresh, during his military training he was assigned to a select unit that included Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. Upon his discharge from the Army, he traveled to the United States in 1970. Following a visit with family friends in Los Angeles he made a crucial decision to follow his dream of pursuing a career in art by studying in New York City. At the suggestion of art historian, Meyer Shapiro, he enrolled in the New York Studio School where he studied with Phillip Guston, Jack Tworkov, Steven Sloman, and Mercedes Mattar.

Mr. Kovner has been an instructor at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, and was awarded a fellowship to study in New York by the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation. He has had solo exhibitions at the Bineth Gallery in Tel Aviv, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery in Washington, D.C., and was featured in group shows at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum in New York, and Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. His paintings are also included in many private and public collections in both the U.S. and Israel including the Presidentís Residence in Jersusalem, Israel.