Jossef Krispel is an artist, painter, and the head of the Department of Fine Arts at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, where he has served as a senior lecturer since 2006. He holds both Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degrees from Bezalel. In his work, Krispel raises questions about the definition and the position of a painting in relation to the painted surface, and suggests seeing it as a mask, a screen, a shell, or a coating. He has been featured in many solo exhibitions in Israel and abroad, including at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Palazzo Riccardo Medici in Florence, the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, and at the Haifa Museum of Art, to name just a few. He has won numerous awards; among them the 2008 Rappaport Young Artist Prize, the 2012 Ministry of Culture Award, and the 2006 Young Artist Award. His paintings are found in many collections, including that of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), and private collections in Israel and abroad. He lives and works in Jerusalem.
Back Setting, 2018, spray paint on steel and mirror, Photo: Lena Gumon