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Joshua Borkovsky

Israel painter
The basics
Occupation Artist Painter Photographer
Country Israel
Date of birth Rishon LeZion
Authority Library of congress id ISNI id VIAF id
The details

Joshua (Shuky) Borkovsky (Hebrew: יהושע (שוקי) בורקובסקי; b. 19 January 1952 in Rishon LeZion) is an award-winning Israeli artist who lives and works in Jerusalem.


Joshua (Shuky) Borkovsky was born in 1952. In 1973–1977, he studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. He began teaching at the Art Teachers College in Ramat Hasharon in 1978. From 1979, he joined the faculty of Bezalel. He has also taught workshops at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1980/81, he attended Hunter College in New York for his MFA degree.

Borkovsky's work features phantasmagoric imagery such as the silhouettes of sailing ships, and cartographic and geometric images.

Borkovsky's exhibition at the Israel Museum in 2013, "Veronese Green," featured 58 works from 10 cycles of paintings created in 1987– 2012. Borkovsky creates open-ended cycles, with one painting differing slightly from the next. The cyclical nature of these works creates a sense of time standing still. Many of the paintings evoke the image of photographs being developed in a darkroom.

Solo exhibitions

  • 1979 Yarkon Park Art Pavilion, Tel Aviv (Cat.)
  • 1980 Hunter Gallery, New York
  • 1985 Aika Brown Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1986 Bezalel Academy Art Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1987 Israel Museum, Jerusalem (Cat.)
  • 1988 Artifact Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1990 Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem
  • 1994 "The Death of Virgil", Artifact Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 1998 "Pin Cone", Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 2001 "Voyage", Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 2003 "Echo& Narcissus", paintings, Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 2003 "Anamorphoses", photographs, Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 2005 "In Between", Ein-Harod Museum of Art (Cat.)
  • 2006 "Echo & Narcissus", paintings, Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 2008 "Vera Icon" Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • 2009 "Vera Icon" Oranim college, Oranim

Awards and recognition

  • 2003 Finalist, 'Light and Matter' Competition, The Adi Prize for Jewish Expression in Art and Design
  • 2013 Dizengoff Prize for painting

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