A painter and sculptor, David Gerstein is one of Israel’s most famous artists. Gerstein’s large scale sculptures can be seen in cities throughout Israel and the world. His unique works have even been given by Israel’s Foreign Ministry to heads of state from around the world. Gerstein’s work can be found in museums, as well as private homes and collections throughout the world.
Born in Jerusalem, Gerstein was raised in Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan. Gerstein studied painting and drawing at Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem, Ècole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Art in Paris, France, and the Arts Student League in New York, he studied lithography and screen printing at St. Martin’s School of Art in London England where he received his MA. Today, David Gerstein works from his studio in Jerusalem, his works retains local and autobiographical elements as he draws inspiration from nature, human behaviour, and daily life, while using spectacular colour and layering to create his own unique and easily recognisable style.
David Gerstein’s unique style comes from his desire to push the limitations of two-dimensional painting into three-dimensional sculptor. His easily recognisable compositions are created using universal colourful and layered images of still-life’s, urban landscapes, and human activities and Judaica symbols such as the hamsa. Using lasers to precisely cut his designs from paper, steel, and other metals, David Gerstein paints each cut out either by hand or through a variety of serigraphy and screen printing techniques. Once painted, the cutouts are layered to bring to life the three-dimensional sculpture.
Gerstein’s collection is made up of a range from the functional small objects such as bowls and menorahs to wall sculptures, free standing sculptures, paintings, and prints. Here at World of Judaica, we are proud to offer a wide selection of David Gerstein works including bowls, free standing sculptures, menorahs and more.
David Gerstein Guide
One of Israel’s most famous artists, David Gerstein is a painter and sculptor. His easily recognisable colourful sculptors can be found in museums and private homes and collections, as well as, in public spaces around the world. David Gerstein seeks to expand the limits of two- dimensional paintings into three-dimensional sculptures. His unique works have been given by Israel’s Foreign Ministry to heads of state around the world.
About David Gerstein
Born in Jerusalem he later moved with his family to Ramat Gan. He took an interest in art at a young age. Gerstein studied at Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem, Ècole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Art in Paris, France, and the Arts Student League in New York. He would later go on to receive his MA from St. Martin’s School of Art in London England, where he learned lithography and silk screen printing.
After years of painting, Gerstein sought to expand the borders of painting to the domain of the third-dimension and began experimenting in sculpture. He discovered that by painting on large scale cardboard he could cut and assemble the elements into a type of sculpture in space. The idea came to him while dismantling cardboard boxes containing cartridges. Following a number of sculptures from cardboard, Gerstein used wood and thin aluminium. In 1995 after years of woodcutting, Gerstein discovered the use of laser and began using them to cut metals which he would then paint using shiny colours taken from the car industries.
David Gerstein aspires to make art that speaks to the art world but still remains accessible to the everyday man on the street. His unique style comes from his desire to expand the limits of two- dimensional art into three-dimensional sculpture, and the inspiration he gets from Israel. His works are most well-known for his spectacular use of colour which comes from his desire to copy nature.
Designs and Techniques
David Gerstein creates colourful and layered images of urban landscapes, still-life compositions, and human activities. His works consist of indoor wall sculpture s created from multi- layered cutouts, outdoor works, sculptors, paintings, and prints. His works range from the functional small objects such as bowls and menorahs to wall sculptures, free standing sculptures, paintings, and prints. Using everything from paper to steel and other metals, Gerstein uses lasers to precisely cut out designs that are then painted either by hand or through a variety of serigraphy and screen printing techniques before they are layered to create his final designs.
Drawing inspiration from Israeli life, Gerstein’s works retain local and autobiographical elements. Common themes include butterflies, flowers, bicycles, music, human behaviour, windows, and Judaica symbols such as the hamsa.