Zvi Mairovich (1911-1974)

IMG_4772Zvi Mairovich (1911-1974). Haifa Port, c.1960. Oil on canvas measures 35 x 56 inches; 43 x 64 inches framed. Signed lower right. Excellent condition with minor craquelure and paint shrinkage.

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Mairovich (1911-1974) was one of the most important Israeli abstract painters. Born in Poland, he moved to Berlin in 1929, studying painting with Karl Hoffer. In 1934 he immigrated to Haifa, Israel.

Mairovich painted landscape’s and still lifes which gradually transitioned to abstracts. By the late 50’s, he produced dramatic gouache abstracts in large format. Mairovich’s oils mainly focused on abstract landscapes, with stormy contrasts between darkness and flashes of light, verging upon the metaphysical.

He was one of the founders of the the New Horizons group of Israeli artists along with Arie Aroch, Zaritsky and Steimatsky, who sought to free Israelil painting f rom its concentration on Expressionism and Jewish themes. Winner of the Dizengoff prize of 1942, 1951 and 1961, Mairovich exhibited in important museums in Israel and in galleries all over the world.

Exhibition History


1947 – The Tel Aviv Museum, “Group of Seven”


1948-55 – The Tel Aviv Museum, “New Horizons”


1950 – Paris, Salon de Mai


1950 – Paris, Salon d’Automne


1953 – Sao Paulo Bienal

1954 – Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro


1956 – Venice Biennale


1958 – Venice Biennale


1958 – Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland


1959 – Sao Paulo Bienal


1960 – Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris


1960 – Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paolo, Brazil


1962 – Venice Biennale


1963 – Museum of Art, Ein Harod


1964 – America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York


1965 – The Israel Museum, Jerusalem


1965 – Gemeentemuseum Arnhem


1966 – The Israel Museum, Jerusalem


1969 – University Art Gallery, State University of New York at Albany


1970 – High Museum of Art, Atlanta


1971 – Das Stadtische Museum, Wiesbaden


1973 – Museum of Art, Haifa


1973 – Yad Lebanim, Petach Tikva, Israel


1974 – Maurice Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago


1978 – Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation, Ottawa


1978 – The Tel Aviv Museum


1979 – Museum of Modern Art, Haifa