born in Vienna and grew up in Warsaw. he immigrated to Australia in 1937, where he studied at the National Gallery Art School until the outbreak of War World One.
Bergner served for four and a half years in the Australian Army, and later continued his studies at the Art School. He left Australia in 1948 and after two years of traveling and exhibiting in Paris, Montreal and New York, he settled in Israel. He lived in Safed until moving to Tel Aviv in 1957.
The acme of Bergner's paintings are his allegorical works; paintings of squashed pots, oil lamps, wrecks and cracked jugs- all symbolyze distorted and poor world of wars, secrets and darkness.
Bergner's also known for his unique human portraits- disturbing portraits of triangle headed, elliptic eyed and black staring people, who arouse a feeling of restlessness- even anxiety- as if those eyes look at us from infinite depths.
Bergner has designed scenery and costumes for the Yiddish and Hebrew Theatres, particularly for the plays of Nissim Aloni, and also illustrated many books.
In 1980 Yosl Bergner won the Israel Prize.
Original artworks and lithographs by Yosel Bergner can be found at the Engel Galleries Israeli art collection.
Engel Gallery - 26 Gordon St., Tel-Aviv
Tel. 03-5225637, 03-5239847, Fax. 03-5226145
Engel Gallery - 13 Shlomzion Hamalka St., Jerusalem
Tel. 02-6232397, 02-6253523, Fax. 02-6249439
Engel Gallery - Khutzot (Hutzot) Hayotzer, Jerusalem