Women meeting in somewhat hazy coffee houses. Colors that
are bold and bright. The essence of a true urban scene,
daytime life and night life intermingle. It is a warm,
gentle and inviting atmosphere. The air is full of promises
and secrets just like any self-respecting bistro. This is
Isaac Maimon's world, the scene that he paints with
Maimon's paintings capture the "boulevard culture," that
uniquely French atmosphere that so intrigued Lautrec,
Bonnard and other artists before him. Though strongly
influenced by the Paris school of art, with his intrepid use
of color and line he creates works that are absorbing, rich
and uniquely Maimon.
Born in Israel in 1951, to French speaking parents, he
exhibited an early artistic ability that was
enthusiastically supported by his family. After serving his
time in the military, Maimon attended the Avni Institute of
Fine Art in Tel Aviv, the most prestigious academy for the
arts in Israel. This is where his initial interest in the
Paris school was cultivated
In 1980, Maimon began teaching at the School of Visual Arts
in Beer-Sheba and later that year the Kaye Art Academy. In
the late 80's he was a professor at the Ben-Gurion
University in Beer-Sheba.
During this time Maimon began an association that enabled
him to build and manage coffeehouses. He became a
restaurateur and pub owner. Always the artist, he was often
found sitting at a back table sketching the care patrons. He
thought that he could discern what people were saying or
feeling from their expressions and postures. He would sketch
from life in the care and go back to the studio to put color
to the ideas on canvas. His earlier interest in the Paris
School was again cultivated and nurtured. "I have always
been attracted to the atmosphere of coffee houses. I try to
recreate this in my paintings.
" In 1989 an Israeli art-publishing group, Talking Walls,
noticed Maimon's paintings. After conducting numerous shows
in Israel, Talking Walls brought Maimon's work to the
International Art. Exposition in New York. There, an
American publishing company, B & R International Art began
what was to be an enduring alliance with Maimon, as the
exclusive publisher and distributor of his works. His art is
displayed each year at the Art Expo in New York and has been
exhibited, as well, at expositions in Los Angeles, Las Vegas
and Japan. He tours the United States annually with a series
of one-man shows every fall.
"I have been painting since as far back as I can remember. I
received much encouragement from my family and friends. In
my youth, I was given important direction from Moshe Agmon
and later at the Avni Institute. I was greatly influenced by
Haim Kiva and Moshe Rosenthalis. Other artists whose
paintings have affected me are Matisse and of course
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