ZIGI BEN-HAIM is an Israeli painter, sculptor, and collage artist. He was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1945. At the age of five his family fled the country to Israel via Iran. Zigi spent most of his adolescence in Tel-Aviv and studied at The Avni Institute of Fine Arts from 1966 to 1970. After he moved to the United States, he enrolled in the California College of Arts & Crafts in 1971 and received M.A. from J.F.K. University in 1973 and M.F.A from the San Francisco State University in 1974.In the early 1970s, Zigi used discarded newsprints and industrial paper, which he found on the streets of SoHo to construct his formations in paper, 3-dimensional paintings, collages and sculptures. Many of these works are in collections of museums around the world. In the early 1990s, the industrial aluminum material replaced the found paper. He has been creating paintings, 3 dimensional installations, indoor and outdoor sculptures until today. From time to time, he finds himself experimenting with other materials like concrete, film, ropes, burlap to make his conceptual point- creating footprints of culture and nature as they collide and coincide to form a new experience. In 1975 he became a U.S. citizen, and has been living and working in lower Manhattan, SoHo, ever since.
Zigi Ben-Haim : green on white, silkscreen, ed90, 31.5 x 47.25