Johanan Herson

The sphere where theatre couples with the plastic arts has always held a special wonder for Johanan Herson and is reflected in his paintings - in their composition, movement, color and spontaneity.  In both, people play an important role - their odds and their looks; their smells; whether they are alone, in couples of in groups.  The pluralistic and humanitarian beliefs Herson lives by are evident in his paintings where endless images of people, states of being and interactions are witness to his optimism and love of mankind.

Born in 1950 in Montreal Canada, Johanan Herson was initiated into art at an early age.  At the age of eight he won a prestigious award for children’s art, and was marked as a promising talent.  Johanna also studied movement and ballet.

He has worked extensively as an actor from the age of 12 appearing on stage and performing a leading role in a television soap opera for five consecutive seasons.  He has also appeared in feature films and documentaries, television dramas and theatre.

In 1967, he came to Israel to study at the Bezal’el Art Academy in Jerusalem and then continued studies in fine arts at the Concordia University, Montreal majoring in drama.  Over the past two decades, Herson has also worked extensively painting in “Soft Art”, a technique he mastered while working with the famous Israeli artist, Calman Shemi, a pioneer in this unusual art media.

Subsequently, Herson began designing tufted wool and mixed media tapestries.  Many of his larger pieces were commissioned by various public and private institutions; the Tel Aviv University and the Jerusalem Journalist Hall, Bank Mizrachi (37 Branches) Savionei Hagan, Tel Aviv, Africa -Israel Corp, Ramat Gan Theatre.  Conservatory Or Yehudi and the Diamond Centre in Tel Aviv.

Johanan is represented in many fine art galleries in Europe and North America and is successfully defining his unique voice internationally as well as in Israel where he live close to his children.