Slutzky Art Gallery


The Maps of Israel

The artist who likes to be called just by his last name of Kassif, uses the imagery of the traditional map of Israel as an artistic tool to explain Israeli society and to create political commentary. 

About the artist: Yehuda Kassif

Yehuda Kassif was born in 1947 in Jerusalem, to Jewish pioneers who arrived in Palestine from Bialystok, Poland in 1936.

He graduated from Tel Aviv University in 1969 and for 17 years had a career in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). From 1985 to 2006 he held the position of General Manager of the Israel Precious Stones and Diamonds Exchange (IPSDE). From 2006 until 2012 he was the Art Director and Chief Curator of the Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum in Ramat Gan, Israel. Yehuda Kassif has become the tireless delegate of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA), as well as an active member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB).

Kassif is a jewelry designer, graphic designer, curator, artist and a poet, and he has also written and published illustrated books for adults as well as for children. Among his many talents, Kassif is a paper cutting artist who has published the Passover Haggadah and the Song of Songs illustrated with his paper cuts.

Kassif is married to Hava and lives in Tel Aviv. The Kassifs have three children and eight grandchildren.



Art Gallery Hours

  • Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.