Born in 1936 in Kibbutz Givat Hashlosha and studied the basics of painting with Zvi Shor.
In 1967 he left the kibbutz and joined the "Kassit" group, which included Amos Kenan, Dan Ben Amotz, Shmulik Kraus and others.
At the beginning of his artistic career, he created the style of lyrical abstraction as was common in the New Horizons group, but in the mid-1960s he changed his style and engaged in figurative art.
From his youth, he was a prominent and admired artist in the Israeli landscape, dealing with painting, sculpture and etching.
He later joined the "Ten Plus" group, which included Rafi Lavie, Tumarkin, Gershuni and others. Yona Fischer, the curator, defined him at the time as one of the "lions of the group" who eventually led to new trends and movements in Israeli art while he was one of the leading artists.
In his works, one can see social involvement, painting as a chronicler who shows the works as he sees fit.
He deals with an impossible, especially difficult, but sober pursuit of a goal. In an interview with Maariv in 1972, he said: "... painters try to paint an existing situation and they are wrong. You have to paint the reason, draw attention to it, emphasize it with etudes again and again".
Often paints a continuous chain of subjects, most of them realistic, figurative, expressive, impulsive, full of emotion and distinction. He interrogates them until he understands that the subject has been exhausted.
Lifshitz is a gifted musician, and combines the brushing on the substrate with very powerful and colorful strokes.
He won many prizes, including the Kolb Prize from the Tel Aviv Museum (1965) and the Armus Prize (1966) and the Dizengoff Prize (1985).
Presented in many exhibitions in Israel and abroad.
His works are in the largest and most important collections in Israel.
Died in 2011.