HOMEPAGE

 MOSHE HOFFMAN


 BIOGRAPHICAL  OUTLINE

1938      MOSHE ABRAHAM, SON OF CHAYA AND ITZHAK HALEVI HOFFMAN ,WAS BORN IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY TO AN ORTHODOX FAMILY. HIS FATHER WAS A GLASSMAKER. MOSHE WAS ATTRACTED TO SCULPTING FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD.

1939 - 1945      MOSHE AND HIS ELDER BROTHER CHANOCH WERE ENTRUSTED TO A "RED CROSS" INSTITUTION , AFTER THEIR FATHER HAD BEEN TAKEN TO LABOUR CAMP AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR. HIS FATHER WAS LATER TRANSFERRED TO THE AUSCHWITZ AND GORZKIRCHEN CONCENTRATION CAMPS, WHERE HE WAS KILLED BY THE NAZIS. HIS MOTHER, AFTER ESCAPING FROM THE TRAIN TO AUSCHWITZ , RETURNED TO BUDAPEST AND MOVED WITH HER CHILDREN FROM ONE HIDEOUT TO ANOTHER, RESIDING AT LAST IN THE GHETTO , UNTIL THE CITY WAS LIBERATED BY THE RUSSIANS.

1949      HIS MOTHER AND TWO CHILDREN EMIGRATED TO ISRAEL, STAYING FOR A FEW MONTHS IN THE "SHAAR HA'ALIYA" ABSORPTION CAMP NEAR HAIFA, THEN IN "BEIT-LID", BEFORE MOVING TO THE "TALPIOTH" MA'ABARA IN JERUSALEM.

1950-1951     THE TWO CHILDREN ATTENDED A 'YESHIVA' IN MEAH SHEARIM, JERUSALEM, FOR A YEAR. THEY WERE LATER TRANSFERRED TO AN INSTITUTION OF 'ALIYAT HANOAR' IN PETAH-TIKVA. MOSHE BEGAN TO DRAW, AND TOOK AN ACTIVE ROLE IN CHILDREN'S SHOWS, BOTH AS DESIGNER AND AS ACTOR.

1955-1959       HOFFMAN ENROLLED AT THE 'BEZALEL' SCHOOL OF ART, JERUSALEM. STEINHARDT RETIRED AS DIRECTOR THAT YEAR, AND MOSHE STUDIED WOODCUTTING UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF YAACOV PINS. HIS TALENTS AT SCULPTURE WERE RECOGNIZED BY MICHAEL GROSS AND RUDI LEHMAN, WHOM HE VISITED IN THEIR STUDIOS IN "EIN HOD" NEAR HAIFA.

1957, 1959     BEN-ZVI PRIZES IN SCULPTURE. BEZALEL, JERUSALEM.

1959-1961    MILITARY SERVICE.

1962-1964      HOFFMAN RESIDES IN JERUSALEM. MAKES A LIVING IN A VARIETY OF JOBS, WHILE CREATING LARGE SCULPTURES IN HIS FIRST STUDIO IN SHEICH-BADER.

1964      WORKS AS RESTORATOR AT THE ISRAEL MUSEUM, JERUSALEM. FROM 1967 AT THE ROCKFELLER MUSEUM

1966      LACKING THE MEANS TO PURCHASE WOOD FOR HIS SCULPTURES, HE TURNED TO WOODCUTTING. FIRST ONE-MAN EXIBITION, "RINAH" GALERY, JERUSALEM..

1967     MARRIES BRURIA BEN-ISRAEL; THE COUPLE SET UP HOME IN JERUSALEM.

1968     MOVES TO HIS SECOND STUDIO (IN THE MAMILLA NEIGHB0RHOOD). 3 MONTHS IN LONDON STUDYING METAL RESTORATION AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM.

1969    "6,000,001" AND THREE SCULPTURES ARE EXHIBITED IN ALBANY UNIVERSITY MUSEUM, USA BY BERTHA URDANG.

1970, 1972    BIRTH OF HIS SON - AMOS AND THE DAUGHTER - OFRAH.

1972     JERUSALEM PRIZE, FOR A LARGE COLOURED PLYWOOD SELF-PORTRAIT.

1973     WOODCUTS EXHIBITION AT THE ARTISTS' HOUSE, JERUSALEM.

1974      FOLLOWING THE 'YOM KIPPUR' WAR, THE '6,000,001' SERIES, WHICH WAS MADE IN 1967, IS EXHIBITED TO THE PUBLIC, AT THE ARTISTS' HOUSE, JERUSALEM. HIS FIRST BOOK OF POETRY IS PUBLISHED IN A PRIVATE EDITION.

1978     COMPLETED AUTOBIOGRAPHY (TO BE PUBLISHED).

1980     MOVES TO THE STUDIO IN THE MUSRARA NEIGHBORHOOD.

1982      LARGE ACRYLIC PAINTINGS ON PLAYWOOD. FIRST HEART ATTACK (DURING MILITARY SERVISE AS RESERVIST).

1983      PURCHASES LARGE WOOD TRUNKS TO RESUME SCULPTING; COMPLETES ONE LARGE SCULPTURE (A COUPLE).

September 1983     HIS SECOND HEART ATTACK; DIES ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL.

1984   WOODCUTS EXHIBITION, JERUSALEM PRINT WORKSHOP (CATALOGUE).

1986    "UD MUTZAL", A WOOD SCULPTURE ON THE HOLOCAUST IS PURCHASED FOR THE PERMANENT EXHIBITION AT "YAD VASHEM" ART MUSEUM, JERUSALEM.

1988     PUBLICATION OF HIS POETRY BOOK BY THE JERUSALEM PRINT WORKSHOP AND FRIENDS.