Selected Works

Benvenuto Cellini, the famed sixteenth century sculptor and goldsmith, once said, “Good sculpture should have neither back nor front, rather it should be interesting and evocative from every angle.” Five centuries later, his principle is brought to stunning fruition in the work of contemporary sculptor Ruth Bloch. Eliminating precise detail and relying on line and form alone, Ruth creates simple, yet powerful figurative bronzes. Whether couples, parents and children, or individual female figures, her creations are an expression of her both her feelings and emotions.

Ruth Bloch was born in Israel in 1951 to artistic parents. Her father was a musician, while her mother worked in ceramics, Ruth’s family lived in a Kibbutz called Alonim, a place where, in her early youth, she was afforded many opportunities to develop her artistic abilities. As a young adult, Ruth attended the Avni Art Institute in Tel Aviv. She furthered her education in the United States where she received a degree in psychology.

Bloch looks back fondly on a period spent in the desert area of Arava with her husband and her four children. Despite suffering from health problems at the time, overall, it was very positive experience. The move to the desert led her to the discovery of artistic bearings and, in her own words, inspired her, “to create, to love, to wrap my family around me, to give and to receive love. I see the world in brighter colors now.”

Ruth Bloch’s growth as sculptor is far easier to trace than her influences. As a figurative sculptor, Bloch most closely relates to Henry Moore for his fluidity of line and his genius for making massive appear delicate. Her work entitled, “Fatherhood,” blends human forms in an eternal circle, echoing Moore’s ability to realize the full potential of the sculptural form. Bloch, however, unlike her predecessor, allows no separation between man, woman and child. In Ruth’s view, all of these figures are one instead of separate; we all play a key role in the perpetual circle of life. The influence of the Italian Master, Alberto Giacometti, is also quite visible in Bloch’s art. Her stylized, elongated figures and the highly textural patinas that define her bronze work are reminiscent of Giacometti’s artistic individuality.

“For me, what makes art is pureness, the fewer stages you have from the inner you to the art, the better,” explained Bloch. This philosophy inspires much of her creation. She strives to deliver a pure quality from the profound depths of the self and this is illustrated in a piece like “Family,” which evokes the sense of unity and togetherness that is fostered from within her own family.

Currently, Bloch lives and sculpts in Israel. Her work exhibits a great depth of feeling for the human figure, revealing the living unity of both masculine and feminine forces. She has mastered working with bronze, and her elegant human sculptures are viscerally appealing to people of all ages. Her works are exhibited all over the world.