With profound sadness I have to announce the sudden and completely unexpected demise of my dear wife, Yael Avi-Yonah, OBM, who returned her precious soul to her Maker on
Chet Mar-Cheshvan (October 24th 2012).
Below are some photos and links which may illuminate in a small measure her greatness as an artist and a very spiritual woman.
My photo of Yael taken about 5 years ago
Yael in her studio
Yael demonstrating her anaglyphic art at an exhibition in Manhattan
My last photo of Yael with her favorite toy: an angelic bird
In her prolific career as an artist, Yael made over 800 outstanding portraits in various mediums, including her series of oil portraits of 15 great contemporary Israeli authors (such as Amos Oz, Efraim Kishon, David Shachar) which was exhibited at the Jerusalem International Book Fair in 1984 and abroad
Perhaps her most striking portrait is one she made of herself as Queen Esther with her favorite cat about 30 years ago.
In my opinion her most prophetic painting is what she called
The Source of Light -The Resurrection
oil on canvas 75″ x 55″ (190 x 140 cm)
- Yael Avi-Yonah was born in Jerusalem, a graduate of Bezalel Academy of Art. Her father was the distinguished archaeologist and historian, Michael Avi-Yonah, who provided her with the rich background in art, archeology and bible, which emanates from her works. Thousands of her prints and serigraphs on Jerusalem landscapes and biblical subjects have been sold throughout the world. Her series of oil portraits of 15 great contemporary Israeli authors was exhibited at the Jerusalem International Book Fair in 1984 and abroad. In 1987 she completed a series of paintings on the 12 Tribes for the Yad L’Mordechai synagogue in Jerusalem. Since 1988 she has been working on a series of works in oil and mixed media on canvas and wood in a new and original style of anaglyfic art. Her themes are inspired by Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah and include the Angels of the Divine Chariot , the Four Supernal Worlds , the New City and Hologramic Energies. Her works were on display in the Jewish Museum in London, as well as galleries in Israel and abroad. Until her demise, she lived in Jerusalem with her husband, the artist, Dov Lederberg.
- Prints and giclees of her work are available at
- The manager of Yael’s estate, Dov Lederberg, is interested in contacting a serious collector who would be willing and able to promote her original paintings in museums and galleries.
- Email address: email@example.com