Avi Biran

Avi Biran creates contemporary Judaica that is a perfect blend of function, art, form, humor and joy. Avi studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, in Jerusalem, Israel and graduated with honors from the Department of Gold and Silversmithing in 1990. His artistic excellence earned him the Bezalel Prize for Outstanding Achievements and the prestigious Lucman Prize for Judaica. His creations seamlessly integrate the requirements of Halachah (Jewish laws) with those of Hiddur Mitzva (meticulous performance of a commandment "in all its glory"). Each piece is flawlessly finished, and his designs comply with all the principles of harmony, proportion and placement. Lines, shapes and colors fit or blend with each other in a way that only an artist can render. Extremely prolific, his works cover the gamut of Jewish ritual and custom. And much of it is ... humorous. "As far as I know, nowhere is it written that you are forbidden to add humor to ritual items," he emphasizes. "I do not mock. I offer joy." Avi Biran's works and creations have received local and international acclaim both by fellow artists and critics. They are exhibited in Israel and all over the world in prestigious galleries, museums and private collections and his work appears in several professional publications and won prizes and honors in several competitions, including the Jesselson Prize for Design of Contemporary Judaica awarded by the Israel Museum.
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"Karen and Jay appreciate and share my sense of humor and my sense of joy in the beauty of unique, whimsical, and always respectful, ritual objects."