A painting titled "My Ace" by Rafi Munz
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Rafi Münz

(Israel) Artist Website Artist-in-Residence April - May Residency Year: 2023

Biography

Artist-in-Residence Rafi Münz and his host, Elizabeth Rodgers, stand together at Surel's Place.
Artist-in-Residence Rafi Münz and his host, Boise filmmaker and writer Elizabeth Rodgers.

Rafi Münz ( רפי מינץ) comes to us from the village of Givat Ada in northern Israel where he has lived for more than 25 years. He is a freelance artist and teacher working as a painter, sculptor, illustrator, calligrapher, and printmaker. His works deal with social, political and ecological agendas–expressing these through the personal experiences of daily living rather than global events. 

Rafi’s work and studies have taken him all over the world, beginning with The Bezalel School of art in Jerusalem and continuing with a Masters of Fine Art from the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. He also developed a specialty in printmaking from the Kunstneijverheid School in Amsterdam and Goldsmith’s College in London.  He co-founded the Old Jaffa Artists’ Colony in Tel Aviv in 1964 and was active as an artist there for 30 years before becoming the managing director of the Kibbutz Art Studios.

Heritage, Studies, Technique, Experience… these are words Rafi uses to describe himself. But he finishes by saying: “The bottom line: Whenever possible, I try to take myself less seriously.”