Johanan Herson - Biography
The sphere where theater couples with the plastic arts has always held a special wonder for Johanan Herson and is reflected in his paintings – in composition, movement, color and spontaneity – in both people play an important role – their moods and their looks; their clothes and their smells; and whether they are alone, in couples or in groups. The pluralistic and humanitarian beliefs Herson lives by are evident in his paintings where endless images of people, states of being and interactions are witness to his optimism and love of mankind.
Born in 1950 in Montreal Canada, Johanan Herson was initiated into art at an early age. At the age of eight he won a prestigious award for children’s art, and was marked as a promising talent. Besides art he studied movement and ballet.
He has worked extensively as an actor from the age of 12 appearing on stage, and performing a leading role in a television soap opera for five consecutive seasons. He has also appeared in feature and fact films, television dramas, as well at theatre.
In 1967, he arrived in Israel to study at the ‘Bezal’el Art Academy’ in Jerusalem, and then continued studies in ‘Fine Arts’ at Concordia University, Montreal majoring in Drama.
Over the past two decades Herson has also worked extensively painting in ‘Soft Art’, a technique he mastered while working with Calman Shemi, a pioneer in this unusual art media. Subsequently, Herson began designing tufted wool and mixed media tapestries. Many of his larger pieces were commissioned by various public and private institutions,: the ‘Tel Aviv University’ and the ‘Jerusalem Journalist Hall’ , Bank Mizrachi (37 b ranches), Savionei Hagan Tel Aviv, Africa –Israel Ramat Gan Theatre. Conservatory Or Yehuda, Diamond Centre, Tel Aviv.
Johanan is represented in many fine art galleries in Europe and North America and is successfully defining his unique voice internationally as well as Israel where he lives close to his children.
More details about Johanan Herson at his web site www.johanan.com