Selected Works

Yoram Chisin was born in 1971, in Toulouse, France, but immigrated with his parents to Israel in 1973 at the age of two. The presence of  his maternal grandmother, an intellectual who survived the concentration camps, left an indelible mark on him of the nightmare of the holocaust. His paternal grandfather, also a survivor of concentration camps and a Zionist, imprinted on Yoram his love for Israel. When grown he served in the Israeli Army Forces in the “Golani” Infantry Division. His life’s journey is set out for us in its multiple settings: settings of pain, settings of powerful joy, settings of despair, all framed with a utopian idealism grounded in a love for the aesthetic. Chisin operates in a world of sensitivities inspired by the genius of artist Mark Rothko, the source of Chisin’s intellectual and visual inspiration.

Chisin is fascinated by fashion, most particularly by the colour palette used by French designer Christian Lacroix. In his view, it is a match with the work of his guru, the abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. ‘I work with mystical colours that have a meaning’, says the artist. Chisin, inspired by leaders in the world of fashion and art, chooses colours and paint combinations, often processed in layers, that express his inner experience. He uses the power of colours and complex textures by putting together contrasting and complementing shades to increase the visual effect, reflecting his unique sensitivity. Sensitivity focusing on the strength of being, and determination of life as well as fatality of despair. Despite deep feelings of pain, the painter wants to illustrate hope and joy. Therefore in his philosophical quest he focuses on common subjects to better hide in another world – after the sudden death of his wife – to question himself about his intimacy and to stimulate the viewer to question as well.

Chisin uses the techniques of oil painting, combined with plaster or metal, and aesthetics in a specific way so that he can develop his initial idea of how the work should look, but change it during the painting process to respond to his current feelings.

“Works can take up to 4 months to finish. I need to look at the canvas for hours. It brings me fresh inspiration and as long as I am not satisfied, the work is not ready to be seen by others.” according to the artist.

Yoram’s believes in the golden triangle of love, of searching and of a thirst for energy. For learning how to take a new lease of life, how to look at things and how to fully savor life…

Yoram Chisin lives and works in Israel. He has recently exhibited at galleries in Sydney, Melbourne, Miami, New York, Tel Aviv, Brussels and Antwerp.