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Zeev Ben-Zvi

Zeev Ben-Zvi

Zeev Ben-Zvi (Hebrew: זאב בן-צבי‎) (1904–1952) was an Israeli sculptor born in Ryki, Poland, whose work influenced a generation of sculptors.


Ben-Zvi studied at Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw before emigrated to the then British Mandate of Palestine in 1923, where he studied at the Bezalel School of Art and Craft, Jerusalem from 1923 to 1924. When the New Bezalel School was opened, he taught sculpture there from 1926 to 1927. In 1937, he travelled to Paris and then London in 1937 to 1938.

He specialized in portrait heads in beaten copper and mounded plaster, and which he treated in a cubist manner. In 1947 he created one of his most moving works, the monument "In Memory of the Children of the Diaspora" in Mishmar Haemek.


  • In 1953, Ben Zvi received the Dizengoff Prize for Sculpture.
  • Also in 1953, he was awarded the Israel Prize, for sculpture, being the inaugural year of the prize, and was accordingly the first artist to be awarded this honor.
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