Michal Ashkenasi Biography

Michal Ashkenasi was born in The Netherlands. She was 5 years old when due to World War II, she was separated from her family and was hidden by several Christian families till the end of the war. She was then sent to an orphanage, after her family, with the exception of one sister, was murdered.

She finished High school in Holland and in 1951 emigrated to Israel.

She completed her art studies at the Haifa University, after which she worked for two years with the late artist and teacher G. Davidovitz. After his death, she worked for several years with the well-known Israeli artist J.Zim at the "Horev Studio" in Haifa. In 1990, she moved to the Artist Colony in Sefad, where, as a member of the colony, she had her own studio and exhibition gallery. Nowadays she lives in the center of Israel and works at home.

Since 1987, she has been a member of The Israeli Association of Painters and Sculptors.

She has done several one man exhibitions in Israel as well as in Europe, and participates in group exhibitions regularly.

In 2003, the artist was awarded the Bronze Medaille at the "Salon des Artistes Francais", in Paris.

In 2004, she won the Big Gold Medal, at the Salon de la Mode de Culture et des Arts MCA, in Cannes, France.

Her works have been acquired by private collections all over the world.