Soussana Gallery is home to
the works of many of Israel's most popular artists.For over
twenty years, Jacques has been one of the Israeli art scene's
most prominent connoisseurs and collectors and some say he
helps determine what will be considered popular art.
A visit to his spacious gallery in Talpiot
reveals Soussana's judgement : works of Castel, Vasarely,
Kohelet Roitman are in abundance. Original oils and watercolors,
lithograph and fine art posters to suitevery taste adorn the
broad, well-lighted walls.
The first collector to put a spotlight on graphic art, Soussana
also prints, frames and published ,many of the artists' lithographs.
He was the first to publish Nachum Gutman's
lithographs and he publishes the works of some twenty artists,
which are permanently on exhibit at the gallery.Occasionally,
the gallery hosts guest artists ; Soussana makes also a special
effort to help new Russian immigrant artists get a start in
the Israeli market.
The friendly, helpful staff makes a visit to the Soussana
gallery an enjoyable experience. If you are looking for an
exceptional gift or a memento of your trip to Israel that
will retain its value long after you've returned home, a visit
to the Jacques Soussana gallery is worth your while.
Soussana is the founder of Jacques Soussana Graphics,
a publishing house dedicated to printing graphic works of
Israeli artists and promoting them in Israel and abroad. Soussana
is a true pioneer on the international and Israeli art scene.
He exhibited at the first Artexpo New York and has not missed
a show for the past 30 years. Since then, Soussana has participated
and is still exhibiting at national and international art
fairs in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Geneva, Dusseldorf,
Madrid, Milan, Amsterdam, Singapore, Tokyo, Korea, Ghent and
more. Soussana and his company are synonymous with some of
the greatest talents in the art world over the past 50 years.
Soussana was born in 1942 in Larache near tangier, Morocco,
to a multi-cultured, educated, art-loving family. After graduating
high school in 1961, he managed the family business, a small
art-framing shop. As a second-generation art framer, he was
able to use the exterior of a painting and highlight the inner
beauty, skill and complexities of the image within. He came
to live in Israel in Israel in 1966, and a year later, he
studied at a prestigious school of photography and cinema
before becoming the official photographer of the Hebrew University
of Jerusalem in 1970. After spending a year at the St. Catherine
Monastery in Sinai, where he photographed more than 2000 icons,
he married his wife Betty, in 1972.
Jacques and Betty started their art business in 1973 by organizing
exhibitions of Israeli artists at various country clubs. In
1975, they started to publish lithographs by Nachum Gutman
and stayed in Paris for a few months to publish at Mourlot
Ateliers. That was followed by the opening of Soussana's first
foray in international distribution of graphic art. In 1978,
they were one of a select group to participate in the first
Artexpo New York in 1978. Seven years later, Jacques Soussana
Graphics officially opened for business, and in 1991, the
Soussanas founded a gallery in Madrid called Dos Arcos. Most
recently in 2007, Soussana opened a second fine art gallery
The Jacques Soussana Fine Art Gallery is home of the works
of many of Israel's most artists. For more than 20 years,
Soussana has been one of the Israeli art scene's most prominent
connoisseurs and collectors. Some say he helps determine what
will be considered popular art. A visit to his spacious gallery
in Jerusalem reveals Soussana's impeccable judgment. Works
by Castel, Vasarely, Kohelet, Naveh and Roitman are in abundance,
and original oils and watercolors, lithographs and fine-art
posters to suit every taste adorn the walls. One of the first
collectors to put a spotlight on graphic art, Soussana also
prints, frames and publishes many of the artists lithographs.
While promoting veterans of the fine-art world, he has published
editions for personalities suc as Nachum Gutman, Moshe Castel,
Yaakov Agam and Vasarely. Soussana has always been at the
forefront of new and emerging technologies and young up-and-coming
talents. The groundwork for some of his generation's most
innovative artists was laid for their ultimate emergence and
world recognition. Adriana Naveh and Zina Roitman are just
two of his discoveries. As an art dealer, some of the greatest
originals have been featured in his galleries with works by
Marc Chagall, Reuben Rubin and Yaacov Agam.
Betty is Jacques's business partner, wife and the mother of
their three children. They are proud to have exhibited at
every single one of the past 30 Artexpo New York events. Based
out of Jerusalem, Jacques Soussana Graphic's artwork and distribution
have reached Paris, Milan, Dusseldorf, Ghent, Germany, Miami,
Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Seoul and Tokyo.