“Jacob Gildor (1948) was born in Germany and studied Law at the Tel-Aviv University and Art under Eliyahu Gat. He then studied Art under Prof. Ernst Fuchs in Austria. Gildor is member of the Hexagon Group. Currently, he lives and works in Tel-Aviv and Paris.
Please follow this link to an interview between the artist and Doron Polak from 2011:
In English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3SFNI2MY2M
In Hebrew: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_sI-QVqtq4&feature=colike”
In 1980, Gildor was one of the founders of Meshushe (Hexagon) group. The group\'s goal was to introduce Surrealistic art to the Israeli art space that was dominated by the abstract and conceptual art movements at the time. The founding group was comprised of 6 surrealist artists: Baruch Elron, YoavShuali, Arie Lamdan, Asher Rodnitzky, Rachel Timor and Jacob Gildor.
“Today we seldom find in art evidence of its national origin. The scenery of art has become too monotonous, a sort of international conformity. Far removed from this popular fashion, are the works of Jacob Gildor. Without any intention his works call attention to the country he lives in and point to the extraordinary people he descended from. In these pictures we discover and experience Israel – not as assumed pseudo-folklore, as some would have us believe or as we are led to see it via films and prospects, but as a great artist sees, and experiences it.” - Professor Ernst Fuchs, BromollaSweden, 1974 and Munich 1980.
By being the son of two holocaust survivors, Jacob Gildor belonged to a group frequently called “The Second Generation”. The term was coined in the 1980’s when the youth (sons and daughters of holocaust survivors) reached the stage of self-awareness and began to shape their identity as such. Although the “Second Generation” did not experience the events, the impact can be seen in their work. Gildor began addressing the issue directly only in the 1990’s, however, hints about the subject can be found in his early work as well. This topic influenced his art work from 1993 and during 20 years and is evident in the etchings presented.