Born in Latvia in 1912, immigrated to Israel in 1933. He died in 1995.
Participated at the San Paulo Biennial in 1953, and the Tokyo Biennial for Graphic Art in 1960. He was a member of the "New Horizon" movement, the most important movement in the Israeli art. Between the years 1966 and 1984 he was the Director of the Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel Aviv.
Yacob Wexler's paintings are versatile, he used different techniques and different perceptions of modern art. Nonetheless, he had a basic passion for black and white sketching, and in this style he, also, illustrated several books.
He is the recipient of the Dizengoff Prize from the municipality of Tel Aviv, The Jewish Agency for Israel Prize, the Jerusalem Prize, and the Haifa Prize.
About the works of Yacob Wexler
(Taken from www.artworks.co.il)
It is very easy to identify Wexler's paintings, since they are characterized by a unique approach to color and shapes in his privet language which he created in his works. His color scheme is characterized by acute transitions from color to color, which create colorful and lively contrasts. His thickly layered oil colors, dense and fluid one on top of another, hide and reveal each other.
The characters in Wexler's paintings are, usually, women, and they are enclosed in black outlines, which create a geometric structure. These paintings were originally inspired by the Jewish painters and the expressionist paintings of the École de Paris. The details in Wexler's paintings are scarcely given, however, almost always you can see that the women in his paintings are tall, with elongated limbs and an especially long neck. The characters are painted with the views of the houses of the city of Haifa in the background, or the walls of the room where they are sitting in when they live their everyday life, sitting in a café, walking the street, or sitting at the table at home.
During the 1930s and 1940s with the influence of the German Expressionism Wexler focused on painting interiors, female figures, and the landscapes of Haifa.
Throughout the years he, also, experienced with the different branches of abstract painting. The first major shift in this direction came in 1953, when he began to create elongated figures based in vertical lines.
In these paintings the depth disappeared almost completely, and the figures undergone a full deconstruction into geometric elements. Occasionally you can see in his paintings, from this time, an influence of rituals of ancient peoples.
In the beginning of the 1960s Wexler began painting in an abstract style which was characterized by an overflow of black and grey colors with the combination of white, and off white, when the light and shade take a central role in the painting.
Towards the end of the 1960s and during the 1970s Wexler's works undergone another change, he began to paint paintings based on clean geometric figures.
In addition, he began to create paintings in an anaglyphic style, paintings that you need special glassed in order to look at them, which create the depth in the figures.
Towards the end of his life, starting in the 1980s onward, Wexler went back to painting figurative subjects, the women and the light Haifa landscapes, with which he is associated today.
His paintings were shown in many exhibitions in Israel and around the world, and were purchased by many museums and collectors in Israel and around the world.