To me, art is
: Art is the tool that best operates my mind, my vision and my ability to decipher images. I ask questions through art and I use it to answer. Art helps me move, change and evolve.
What influences my art: There are many different influences, some are known and some are hidden, some come from the art world and some come from the world around us. International art affects me differently than local Israeli art. Contemporary art affects me differently than the art of the past. I am influenced by the event, by the encounter, by my close and distant surroundings, by daily life and by politics. Most of my ideas came to me in bookshops. Books are an important part of the world where my paintings are born. I am influenced by texts and I live by the words.
The piece I am currently working on: Clearly, I am most intrigued by the unfinished painting before me. I can't say much about it because its true content and meaning are revealed gradually, after I finish the painting and usually with the help of my colleagues, whose insight helps me decipher it. I have recently painted several paintings that consist of odd and folklorist wooden reliefs, which sent me to territories unknown in terms of form, content and color.
My favorite artist: I love art. I love Israeli art. I am a great believer in the link between art and place. I never had a league of artists in my mind, nor a precise list of favorites. I own a relatively large collection of works by all of the Israeli artists that I like.
I first started painting:
From the day I remember it being technically possible. I had no other occupations, plans or dreams - as a child and as an adult. That is why I insist that a person is born an artist. Even if it is detected later in life, it is still a congenital "defect".
My favorite masterpiece of my own:
The next piece I create.
My relationship with Efraim and Biderman Private Art Collection:
I first knew him as a person who never misses an important event in the world of plastic art. That's the kind of person I like without even being introduced. Anyone who dignifies artistic events with his presence and interest is a person that I hold dear to my heart. Our acquaintance, during which I realized his true love for art, only enhanced these emotions of mine.
What do people close to me think of my work:
They do not know what a bare wall looks like. Fortunately, they developed a love of art and exquisite taste and I truly hope that they include me in their taste.
A work of mine displayed at Biderman Art Collection:
I don't usually talk about specific pieces, but rather about series and periods. The Biderman collection holds works that represent some of my most important series.
If I could meet any artist in the world for dinner, I would be happy to meet:
An artist who likes to eat.
Yair Garboz was born in Givatayim in 1945. He was a member of Kibbutz Kfar HaHoresh.
Together with Rafi Lavie and others, he was a member of the 10+Group, established to protest against the Tel Aviv Museum for refusing to feature young artists. The group dealt with issues of national vs. international art, the difference between abstract art and conceptual art with meaning.
He later detached himself from conceptual abstraction and shifted to the use of collage, object photos and printed captions to create a composition of content bearing an individual, cultural and social meaning. His first sole exhibition took place in 1967.
His pieces seem "simple", lacking decoration. He uses simple substrates, usually plywood covered in white and then paints and glues on cardboard and wooden letters. He frequently uses written words and/or printed letters to complement a painting.
Garboz published many books, participated in many television shows and wrote many articles relating to humanities and culture.
Garboz is mainly a linear artist, using color as a background. His paintings are modern and often considered Avant Garde. They consist of narrative images "flung onto" the canvas/wood. He uses many different techniques, including pencil, charcoal, oil pastels, watercolors, ink and acrylic paint.
His recent pieces strongly express the written word of stories that he describes with his unique and great talent.
Garboz displayed in dozens of important exhibitions and, in 2004, he was awarded the EMET Prize for Art, Science and Culture.
His pieces appear in museums and in many important collections in Israel and around the world.
To view his works at Biderman Private Art Collection Press Here