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Jerusalem, Israel

David Gerstein is an Israeli painter and sculptor. Particularly interested in making work that speaks to the art world while remaining accessible to the public, Gerstein is known for his large-scale public installation, the largest of which, Momentum, is located in Singapore. Born in 1944 in Jerusalem, Israel, Gerstein studied art following the completion of his military service, first at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and then at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. At the age of 26, Gerstein returned to Israel and taught at Bezalel, first in the drawing and then the jewelry design department. In the 1970s, Gerstein’s paintings—watercolor and gouache on paper—mainly consisted of figurative scenes of his childhood, and explored the motif of bicycles, which recurs in his later work. Over the next two decades, he experimented with sculpture, utilizing metalwork and bright colors, while retaining his interest in painting and drawing. Gerstein lives and works in Jerusalem, Israel.
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