Ofer Lellouche



Born in Tunisia, Ofer Lellouche studied mathematics and physics in Paris, but chose to join a kibbutz before the completion of his studies.  He began painting after a severe illness and shortly thereafter studied under the noted French sculptor Cesar Baldacini.
From the beginning his work was a bridge between representation and abstraction.  Rejecting the notion that one path always led away from another, he sought to find the essence that connected the two.  Through portraiture, landscapes and still life his paintings explored not the inherent geometry of the natural world, but its spiritual and emotional core.
In recent years he has concentrated on the sculptural forms of the human figure.  These are not lyrical celebrations, but darker, existential manifestations, speaking to a universal understanding.