David Sharir was born in 1938 in Israel, the son of Russian immigrants. He began his
study of art in Tel Aviv and continued in Florence and Rome where he studied architecture and theater design. His set designs include such productions as Peer Gynt for the Habima, Israel's National Theater (1970-71) and Hansel and Gretel for the Opera Company of Boston (1978-79). The brightly colored costumes and
intricate stage designs which he created for these productions have profoundly influenced his art.
In 1966, David Sharir moved to Jaffa and it was here that the style which has become his hallmark was truly developed. His studio, his family, and his spiritual devotion all served as inspiration for the imagery in his work. His evolving style combined personal experience, Biblical symbolism, and fantasy.
Today, Sharir has earned a place as a leading Israeli artist. His work is represented in
collections as varied as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Israel Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum; and the Fogg Museum, Harvard University. His first solo exhibition was held in 1959 in Tel Aviv. Since that date, he has been shown at the Paris Biennale of Young Artists (1959,11963); the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; the Safrai Gallery, Jerusalem; and the Pucker Safrai Gallery, Boston.
Professor of Theater Design at the "Hulon Insitute of Technology," Israel
The artist currently resides in the Old City of Jaffa where he continues to live and work in the spirit of celebration.