Pinhas Golan was an Israeli artist and sculptor. Golan was a Holocaust survivor, and his work focused on the subject.
Golan was born in 1924 in a small village in Hungary, and was 15 years old when World War II began. His mother and his two younger brothers, ages 5 and 7, were murdered during the Holocaust in Auschwitz. Golan himself was imprisoned in a Nazi work camp in Austria during the war.
In 1948, Golan immigrated to Israel, joining the Israel Defense Forces, where he served for the next 22 years. Golan took part of the Israeli War of Independence, the Sinai war,the Six day war, the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War. Golan graduated from the art and sculptor academy of Ramat Gan and has completed his first and second degree in Bar-Ilan University.
Golan's main work is "The Blocked Gate" series, which was created based on his personal experiences.
Golan was married to Siprha and has two sons.
Golan died on the February 7, 2016.
Selected solo exhibitions
1989 The Artist’s House, Tel Aviv
1992 “Vicious Landscapes”, Vigado Gallery, Budapest, Curator: Dorit Kedar
1994 “Partly Brightening”, Yad Lebanim Museum, Petach Tikva, Curator: Ruth Manor
1999 “The Blocked Gate”, The Artist’s House, Jerusalem, Curator: Shulamit Efrat
2000 “Combinations”, The Artist’s House, Jerusalem, Curatoe: Nehama Golan
2004 “The Blocked Gate”, Foundation for the memorial of Jewish victims, Berlin, Curator: Deidre Berger
Selected group exhibitions
1987 Hertelian Artists, Herzelia Museum
1990 Hertelian Artists, Marl, West Germany
“Jerusalem of Lithuania, Museum of Jewish Culture, Vilna, Lithuania
1995 Bar David Museum of Jewish Art, Kibbutz BarAm
1996 “New works in the collection”, Yad Lebanim Museum, Petach Tikva
1999-2000 “Green not Cement”, Bialik House, Tel Aviv
“On the tip of the tongue”, Bialik House, Tel Aviv
2002 “Artists from Israel”, Gallery Sulegarden, Assens, Denmark
“Man and his belief”, 20th anniversary of the Bar David Museum, Kibbutz Bar-Am
2003 “From individual look”, Kfar Saba Municipal Gallery
2006-2006 “Actuality”, Open museum, Old Jaffa
2007 Hanita Museum, Dept. of contemporary Art