Born in Fez, Morocco, immigrated to Israel at an early age and settled in Shlomi.
a graduate of the Bezalel Academy.
In his works, Jano creates models of tombs and synagogues made of rusty and disintegrating iron, worn-out books, melted wax, remeberance candles, and other materials. All these are fused into a sculptural design that revives the various elements and gives them both a religious and artistic validity.
The pictures of the righteous persons and the portraits made by Jano are a kind of an experiment in practical magic, while raising questions regarding identity and connection with popular ritual tradition. In the works inspired by a trip to Morocco, the artist’s land of birth, popular folklore is reflected, too, through a post-orientalistic view, free of any exotics.
His ‘journey’ works – wheelbarrows in which books or ritual articles are stacked, as well as his works based oh wheelchairs – does not express a journey derived from a deep nostalgia towards the Diaspora and in the footsteps of the ‘generation of the wilderness’, but rather an internal journey of self-exploration.
Thus, Jano’s work draws upon the world of Jewish tradition, and in his objects, the border between an aesthetic object and a magical one is sometimes blurred. ‘My studio is like a synagogue. There I pray to God to help me find my truth, so I can become one with what I do’ testifies the artist.
Jano’s deployment of artifacts from the religious world is not an act of defamiliarization but an act of hybridization, pointing to the difficulty of placing traditionalism within a definite sociological framework. This difficulty emerges from the refusal of Jews from Arab countries to be classified by the European categories of ‘religious’ and ‘secular’. Against this background, Jano’s work succeeds in capturing complex hybridization between religion and secularity, and not just replacing one of them with the other. In this, actually, lies its true power.
– Excerpts from: David Sperber, Jack Jano: Complex Hybridization between Religion and Secularity.
1971-75 Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem.
Awards And Prizes
1989 Prize for Completion of Project, Ministry of Education and Culture
1991 International Prize, The Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1994 Prize for Artists in Plastic Arts, Ministry of Science and the Arts
1996 The Shoshana and Mordechai Ish-Shalom Prize, Jerusalem Municipality, Jerusalem
2000 Prime Minster’s Prize for Creativity
2001 Prize for Artists in Jewish Culture, Ministry of Education
2006 Prize for the Encouragement of Creative Art, Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport
New York sq. – Jerusalem
Holon-Bat Yam intercity road
Herzliya’s train station
Yad La’Banim – Herzliya
Dahan Park’s Sculpture Garden – Bar Ilan University
Tel Ha’Shomer Hospital
Industrial Parks Sculpture Garden – Teffen