The son of a sculptor, Gregory Kohelet was initiated into art by his father. He wasn’t pressured to learn “the classical laws of Art”, but only to love and respect Nature – the master teacher.
As a young boy, Gregory traveled with his father to wild landscapes with the intention of learning to understand the meaning of composition, color and expression as they exist in the Nature.
There, he listened to the music of water, understood the wisdom of the stones. Nature taught him to listen to silence. He thought that if he were to stay there he would become a Buddhist. But his was a different destiny.
He left his parents and his town Fergana at the age of 14 and went to study art in Tashkent.
He studied painting for 4 year at the Art College and then for five more years at the Academy of Art.
He had excellent teachers, many from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
At College he was particularly influenced by Eastern art : Japanese, Chinese, Indian, while at the Academy he studied European art : Giotto, Bruegel, Modigliani, Moore, Brancusi and Russian icons.
Yet he felt that his life’s course must pass through Jerusalem.
In 1990, he immigrated with his family to Israel and settled in Jerusalem.
In the Holy City he absorbed much light and divine inspiration.
He believes in God but only in Jerusalem did he really “meet” him.
His influenced from literature :
Bible essentially, Rilke, Matzu-Matzu (China), G. Lorca (Spain), P. Eluard (France)…
His influences from the world of Music :
Mozart, Bach, organ and liturgical (Armenian, Catholic and Jewish).
His family his also a source of inspiration :
His son Daniel – born in Jerusalem – his first son David – born in Tashkent and his wife, who dominates the female figure in his work.
The artist has long been living and working in Amsterdam.
1954 Born in Fergana, Uzbekistan
1969-1973 Studied at Art College, Tashkent
1976-1981 Graduated th Taschkent Academy of Art
1985-1990 Taught art at the Academy of Art and at different Art colleges
1990 Immigrated to Israel
1981-1984: Five exhibitions in Tashkent
1988: “Obscure Masterpices of Uzbekistan”, Moscow
1990: Exhibition in Seattle, USA
1990-1993: Group Exhibitions in Artists Society, City Theater; Haifa Auditorium, Haifa, Israel
1994-1995: Two “Art Underground Sessions” in Art Studio; Ein Kerem, Jerusalem
1993-1996: David Gallery, Jerusalem; Exodus Gallery, Jerusalem
1996: “Landscapes”, Nora Gallery, Jerusalem
1996: “Artists Paint”, Exodus Gallery, Jerusalem
1996: Two exhibitions in Holland
1997: David Art Gallery, one man show
1998: Moriah Gallery, Washington
1999: Galeria Kreisler, Madrid, one man show
2000: Galerie Dima, Paris, one man show