I was born in Tsfat, Israel, in the late 50's into an artistic family. I am a chef, a photographer and an artist. I carve in avocado seeds, I sculpt in food and I am a blade-smith making my own knives.
Chef I went to an Israeli culinary school in Israel, studying the french cuisine. Later on I mastered the Italian cuisine in Venice, Florence and Milan during the 90's.
I was in my early 30's when I began sculpting in every culinary material I could find in the kitchen: ice, fruit, sugar, merengue and even margarine.
Blade-Smith Every material challenges me in a different way. I also create my own tools and have recently began forging creating my own knives and experimenting in different kinds of metal. People in the field know that I will always find use for every broken knife and even rail road spikes. Artist I discovered the use of avocado seeds as a teenager. I noticed that although my carving was symmetric, the next day it began to change. I discovered that as it shrinks, it begins to twist. I loved the fact that nature gave my creation its own interpretation. With time, and the more experience I have gained, I learned to control the twist so that it bends or remains the same.
For years I would walk with the seeds of avocado in my pocket and a small scalpel. Even my kids growing up knew never to throw the avocado seeds and always leave them for me. To this day I still challenge myself with making miniature figures. Limited by the material's size, and knowing that what was cut off could not be restored, I decided to never use glue or add anything to me creations. During my travels around the globe, I began to develop my own style inspired by different cultures I have visited. With that, my work developed and evolved into the second phase and I felt confident enough to experiment with adding gemstones and other exotic materials. Not much later, I started expressing my unique art form through my culinary endeavors.
Photographer I am a self-educated photographer, taking pictures ever since I was a kid. To this day I can't walk by a unique flower or leaf without capturing the moment.
Wire portraits A few years ago, inspired by different artists and also as a natural flow from my metallic work, I developed an interest and taught myself how to bring portrait photographs into life using wire cable.
Today this day I am still learning, experimenting and looking for new adventures in unusual materials in artistic fields. Inspired by my beautiful wife, I feel lucky in my freedom to explore my art and push my boundaries.