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Date of birth: 1948
Place of birth: Hadera, Israel
Raised and educated on Kibbutz Ein Hachoresh
Married + 2 sons


1972-1975 - New York Studio School with Philip Guston, Jack Tworkow
and Mercedes Matte


​Professional Highlights:​​

Selected One-Man Exhibitions

1975   “Paintings from New-York” Artists House, Jerusalem
1978   “Landscape Drawings: A Bird’s Eye View”, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv
1979   “Desert”, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv
1981   “Houses in Gaza”, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv (catalogue)
1983    “Images”: Paintings according to “Lego”, Gordon Gallery,
            Tel-Aviv   (catalogue)
1985   “Meet an Israeli Artist”, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
            “Portraits”, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv
1988   “Landscapes”, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv
1990   “Jerusalem Scenes”, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv
1992   “A Girl in a Room”, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv
1995   “End of 1995”, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv (catalogue)
1996   “Eretz”, N.A.F.I. Gallery, New York
1997   “Eretz”, Yale University, New Haven
1998   “Eretz – Landscapes of Israel”, Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery,
             Washington,   DC, co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel for the
             50th anniversary of the State of Israel

1998    “Port”, Haifa Museum, Ashdod Museum (catalogue)
2000   “Orchards”, Artspace, Jerusalem
             “Haystacks”, Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv
2001   “The Human Side” David Yellin college of Education, Jerusalem
2002   “Landscapes 1978-2002”, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan (book)
2002    “Seascapes”, Gallery on the Cliff, Netanya
2005    “New York Landscapes”, Bineth Gallery Tel Aviv
2006     May 4    "The Mountain and the Sea", George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco
2007     January  "GilboaTabor", Museum of Art, Ein Harod
2007     May  "Wadi Tabor", Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv
2007    "New York Paintings", George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco
2008    "In the Presence of a Cliff". Ben Gurion University of the Negev (catalogue)
2010    "New York painting" ", Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv

              Book - " New York Painting" 2001-2010 
2010    "Observation" - 30 years of observing and painting landscape, Artist's House, Jerusalem

2011    "The Landscapes: Jerusalem and Beit Shean", Roe Green Gallery, Cleveland 

2012    "Little Format" Bineth gallery, Tel Aviv
2013    "Exteriors: Michael Kovner", 2011-2012, JCC Manhatten

              "Ezekiel's World" Stage Premiere, Thursday, February 7, 8:00 p.m., JCC Manhattan Auditorium
               Written and illustrated by Michael Kovner. Adapted for the stage

2015      February 26 - The Abba Kovner's museum opened at Givat Haviva.

               March 19 - Theatre play "Ezekiel" based on Michael Kovner's graphic novel, at the Khan Theatre .

               March -  graphic novel "Ezekiel's World" published by "Cohel publishing house"

2019     June - Bochum, Germany - Part of FAMILY STORY - 6 Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli artists on family stories.

               Michael is given an entire floor for display. The exhibition is mainly about the book "The World of Ezekiel".

2020    June -  Ein Harod Art Museum - "Michael Kovner - Gazing at Parallel Streams”

2022    February - Gordon Gallery Jerusalem - IMAGES II



Selected Group Exhibitions

1981   “Israeli Prints from the Burston Graphic Center”, Israel Museum, Jerusalem (catalogue)
1981    “A Turning Point”, Twelve Israeli Artists, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art,
             Tel-Aviv (catalogue)
1983   “The Negev in Israeli Art”, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (catalogue)
1987   “Towards a New Realism”, The Ashdot-Ya’acov Museum, Kibbutz Ashdot -   
            Ya’acov (catalogue)
1988    “Fresh Paint”, the Younger Generation in Israeli Art, Tel-Aviv Museum
              of Art, Tel-Aviv (catalogue)
1991    “Mountains Round About”, Jerusalem in Israeli Printmaking from the Seventies and the

              Eighties, exhibition sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of

              Education and Culture (catalogue)
1992    “Tribute to Ayala Zacks”, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1994    “The Printer’s Imprint”, Twenty Years of the Jerusalem Print Workshop,
            The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (catalogue)
1995    “Autumn Gallery”, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan
1996-7 “The Jewish Continuity”, Jewish Museum, New York
1997    “Landscapes”, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan
1998    “50/50” - Fifty  Israeli Artists for Israel’s Fiftieth Anniversary, Jewish Museum, San Francisco
2001    “Collection +”, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2003    “Marked Landscapes” Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheba
2004    “Our Landscapes”, University of Haifa, Haifa
2005     March 10   “The continuous Mark: "40 years of the New York Studio School 
               Part 2, 1972-1978”, New York
2009    "Matter of the Heart": A selection from David Azrieli Collection. Tel Aviv    
              Museum. (book)
2009    "A Selection of Israeli Art: from the Gaby and Ami Brown Collection".
              Museum of Art, Ein Harod (book)

Galleries in USA

2003-2010   George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco

Public Works

Mural - Electricity Company, Jerusalem, Painting on ceramic tiles, 6X4 m., 1997
Mural - Beit-Ha’Oved, Haifa painting on ceramic tiles, 2.5X20 m., 1998
Mural - “Denmark” High School, Jerusalem, oil on wood, 3.4X5 m., 1979

Selected Collections

Jewish Museum, New York
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Haifa Museum
The Open Museum, Tefen
The President’s Residence, Jerusalem


1984 Awarded fellowship to study in New York by the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation.

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