Michael Kovner Bio

Raised on a kibbutz near Hadera, Israel by Abba Kovner and Vitka Kemper, Michael Kovner later moved to Manhatten and studied at the New York Studio School with Philip Guston and Mercedes Matter in the mid-1970s. His painting subjects primarily include landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and portraits. Kovner finds inspiration from his own life such as his son’s lego toys mixed with notes of timely political tensions. His use of vivid saturated colors, blended with abstractions, pull the viewer into Kovner’s unique view of the world. Krevsky Fine Art is pleased to offer a variety of paintings showcasing his storied career.


Born: May 25, 1948, Hadera, Israel

Raised and educated on Kibbutz Ein Hachoresh


1972-1975 – New York Studio School with Philip Guston, Jack Tworkov, and Mercedes Mattar


2020        Gazing at Parallel Streams, Miskan Museum of Art, ‘Ein Harod

2013         Exteriors: Michael Kovner, 2011-2012, JCC Manhattan

2012         Little Format, Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv

2011-12    Michael Kovner / The Landscape: Jerusalem and Beit Shean, Roe Green Gallery,

                 Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, OH

2010         New York Landscapes, Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv (book)

2009         In the Presence of a Cliff, Ben Gorion University of the Negev, Beer Sheba


2007         New York Paintings, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                 Wadi Tabor, Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv

                 Gilboa Tabor, Museum of Art, Ein Harod

2006         The Mountain and the Sea, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005         New York Landscapes, Bineth Gallery Tel Aviv

2002         Landscapes 1978-2002, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan  

                  Seascapes, Gallery on the Cliff, Natania

2001         The Human Side, David Yalin College for Education, Jerusalem

2000         Orchards, Artspace, Jerusalem

                 Haystacks, Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv

1998         Port, Haifa Museum, Ashdod Museum

                 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

1997         Eretz, Yale University, New Haven, CT

1996         Eretz, N.A.F.I. Gallery, New York, NY

1995         End of 1995, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv

1992         A Girl in a Room, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv

1990         Jerusalem Scenes, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv           

1988         Landscapes, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv

1985         Meet an Israeli Artist, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

                 Portraits, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv

1983         Images: Paintings according to “Lego”, Gordon Gallery, Tel-Aviv

1981         Houses in Gaza, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv

1979         Desert, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv

1978         Landscape Drawings: A Bird’s Eye View, Bineth Gallery, Tel-Aviv

1975         Paintings from New-York, Artists House, Jerusalem


2019         Family Story, Bochum, Germany, 6 Israeli & Palestinian-Israeli artists on family


2009        A Selection of Israeli Art: From Gaby and Ami Brown Collectionm, Museum of Art,

                Ein Harod (book)

2009        Metter of the Heart: A Selection from Davide Azrieli Collection, Tel Aviv Art

                Museum (book)

2005        The Continuous Mark: 40 years of the New York Studio School Part 2, 1972-1978,

                NYC, NY

2004        Our Landscapes, University of Haifa, Haifa

2003        Marked Landscapes, Ben Gurion University, Beersheba

2001       Collection +, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1998        50/50 – Fifty Israeli Artists for Israel’s Fiftieth Anniversary, Jewish Museum,

                San Francisco, CA

1997        Landscapes, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan

1996-97  The Jewish Continuity, Jewish Museum, New York, NY

1995       Autumn Gallery, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan

1994       The Printer’s Imprint, Twenty Years of the Jerusalem Print Workshop, The Israel

               Museum, Jerusalem

1992       Tribute to Ayala Zacks, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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

1988       Fresh Paint, the Younger Generation in Israeli Art, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv

1987       Towards a New Realism, The Ashdot-Ya’acov Museum, Kibbutz Ashdot -Ya’acov

1983       The Negev in Israeli Art, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

1981       A Turning Point, Twelve Israeli Artists, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv

1981       Israeli Prints from the Burston Graphic Center, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem


2015 “Ezekiel’s World”, Cohel Publishing House (graphic novel)

2010 “Michael Kovner: New York Paintings 2001-2010”, Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2007 “An Inseparable Bond”, Asian Art News, March/April 2007

2007 “Gilboa and Tabor, Poetry in Color”, Jerusalem Post, Art Section, February 9, 2007

2007 “Sea, Valley, Mountain, Trilogy”, Museum of Art, Ein Harod

2006 “Michael Kovner”, ARTnews, September 2006

2005 “An Israeli Paints the Big Apple”, The Jerusalem Post, January 13, 2005

2002 “Landscapes 1978-2002”, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan

2002 “Michael Kovner 1975-2001”, The Museum of Israeli Art Exhibition Catalogue, Ramat Gan

2002 “Michael Kovner: The Son Also Rises”, Forward, November 8, 2002


1978-Present – Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv


1998   Mural – Located in Beit-Ha’Oved, Haifa, painting on ceramic tiles, 2.5 x 20 m.

1997   Mural – Located in Electricity Company, Jerusalem, Painting on ceramic tiles, 6 x 4 m.

1979   Mural – Located in “Denmark” High School in Jerusalem, oil on wood, 3.4 x 5 m.


Jewish Museum, New York, NY

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Haifa Museum

The Open Museum, Tefen

The President’s Residence, Jerusalem

Constance & Alan Buerger

Charles & Margaret Charnas

Francine Gani

Julie & Russ Keil

Annie & Art Sandler

Liliane & Ed Schneider

Randee & Joe Seiger

Sara & Chris Wallace


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