Ron Agam 1958 —

Biography

Ron Agam is a photographer who turned his attention to painting in 2009. Agam is a master of color and forms in movement, a multidimensional art in four dimensions.


Ron Agam, son of Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, translated his upbringing in an artistic environment to the medium of his choice--photography and more recently painting. At the age of six, Ron recalls being drawn to the camera and shooting stills of his father`s work. In his father`s Paris studio, Ron played in the darkroom, fascinated by the image materializing in the darkness. Ron was born in Paris. There he attended yeshivas, acquiring a solid religious education, and studied photography with professional photographers. His youth was divided between Paris and Rehovot, Israel. He deeply values his education and feels it helped mold him into who he is today. Growing up with a camera always in hand, Ron began illustrating Jewish life with his photographs. Through the eye of the camera, he has now captured thousands of daily Jewish rituals and religious moments, unique spots of time and place from all parts of the world. Ron has roots in Jewish-Israeli culture. Through his mother, Clila, who passed away twenty years ago, he is descended from both opposing Hasidim and Mitnagdim traditions. He can trace his ancestry seven generations to the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liady.
Clila`s maternal grandfather, Meir Entin, was a founder of Rehovot. In addition, Ron`s paternal grandfather, Yehoshua Gibstein, was a rabbi, a kabbalist who devoted his life to Jewish religious studies. Rabbi Gibstein wrote several books on Jewish spirituality, including: Torah, Prayer, and Knowledge; Accomplishments of Man and the Sabbath; and Search for Kohelet. Ron`s mother and father met in Paris at the "Select" in Montparnasse, a coffee house frequented by Israelis. Clila was from Rehovot and Yaacov was from Rishon Lezion. Although Ron lives in New York City, his ties to Israel are strong. His first public exhibition was opened on May 17, 1994, at the Magidson Fine Art Gallery in Manhattan. He dedicated this show to his late mother. The exhibit consisted of thirty photos taken at the Western Wall and the ultra-Orthodox conclave of the Mea Shearim which constituted the basic portfolio for this commemorative collection. Ron`s photos have since been widely exhibited and published in numerous newspapers, magazines such as NEWSWEEK and TIME, and books in Israel, South America, and the United States. A coffee table collection was published in 1998 by Gefen Publishing. The introduction to the book was written by the Honorable Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mayor of the City of New York and Madonna wrote a comment as well.

 

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Solo Exhibitions

2014 Ron Agam, Opera Gallery, Hong Kong
2013 Ron Agam: The Breakthrough, Vered Gallery, East Hamp- ton, NY
2012 Ron Agam : recent works, The Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life, Yale University
2011 Ron Agam, BDG gallery, New York City
2009 In Full Bloom, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York City
2001 At the Wall, 92nd Street Y, New York City
2000 At the Wall, Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, Margate, NJ
1997 At the Wall, Jeanette Weinberg Jewish Community Campus, Albuquerque , NM
1996 At the Wall, Magidson Fine Art, New York City.
1996 At the Wall, Andy Weiss Gallery, Coral Gable, Florida 1994 At the Wall, Magidson Fine Art, New York CityGroup

 

Group Exhibitions

2014
9/11 Memorial Museum, Permanent collection, New York City
2014 Visions of Abstraction, Ron Agam, Opera Gallery, Dubai
2007 Here is New York. Remembering 9/1 J/O J, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
2001 Here is NY /5 New York, 116 Prince Street, New York City, traveling exhibition

 

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