Born (1973) in Jerusalem, the son of renowned artist Avraham Ofek and studied art at Bezalel academy and in Haifa University.
Jonathan Ofek’s work derives its inspiration from various sources, including Mesopotamian, pre-Colombian, and early Christian art.
his work deals with place and its absence, yearning for a sense of belonging and at the same time, arousing a feeling of detachment, as well as issues of Judaism and Israeliness, existential anxiety and loss, emission and sacrificing.
Ofek’s sculptures are nourished by the Hebrew culture: Noah’s Ark, Aaron rod, exile, wanderings… his landscapes sculptures are ideal places, unattainable. A place for Ofek is not a realm of serenity but a landscape of solitude, and a reminder of the inter-generational lack of belonging.
1994-1995 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Ceramic Design Department
1994-1995 Apprentice in a foundry using the lost wax technique
2000-2002 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Ceramic Design Department
2002-2004 University of Haifa, Haifa, Fine Arts (EMET)
2000-2005 Ein Yael Open Museum, Jerusalem, Ceramic&Art workshop
2000-2009 Jerusalem High School of Arts, teaching art and material technology
2009-2010 Basis School of Sculpture and Painting, Hadassa Neurim, sculpture
Awards And Prizes
2004 Study Scholarship, Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum, Haifa, Scholarship for a Young Artist
2005 Mordechai and Shoshana Ish-Shalom Prize, Artists’ House, Jerusalem, Prize for Encouragement