Avigdor Stematsky, one of the forefathers of Israeli abstract, was born in Odessa and immigrated to Israel in the early 1920′s. Between 1925 and 1930 he studied with artist Arie Orland and at the Bezalel Academy, and then spent a year in Paris at ‘Grande Chaumiere’ where he was introduced to the avant-garde style of the early twentieth century.
In 1946, he, together with Yehezkel Streichman, founded the famous “Studia”, which cultivated many artists who became well-known, such as Leah Nikel and Danny Caravan. In 1948, he joined the founders of the “New Horizons” movement and quickly became one of the group’s most influential members. Founder of the “Massad” group, winner of : 1941, 1956 Dizengoff Prize; 1958 Ramat Gan Prize; 1967 First Prize Tower of David Exhibition, Jerusalem; 1976 Sandberg Prize for Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem. In 1948 Stematsky represented Israel at Venice Biennale and in 1955 at Sao Paulo Biennale. He died in 1989.Stematsky’s works have been acquired and exhibited by major museums internationally.