Yossef Zakariya

I’ve been an artist and craftsman my entire life, inspired by Jewish spirituality and science, by observing life’s natural and hidden beauty, and by wisdom, both ancient and new. I especially value the connection between all of them. This intersection between generations-old sacred and scientific knowledge is the key to consciousness, a theme that I integrate into all of my artwork, including my jewelry lines, sculptures and architectural designs.

I lovingly created the Spiral as an artistic symbol and useful tool that connects pure, natural Earthly material, spiritual essence and scientific findings to enhance the energy in our water and, thus, in ourselves and our surroundings.

I’ve been an artist and craftsman my entire life, inspired by Jewish spirituality and science, by observing life’s natural and hidden beauty, and by wisdom, both ancient and new. I especially value the connection between all of them. This intersection between generations-old sacred and scientific knowledge is the key to consciousness, a theme that I integrate into all of my artwork, including my jewelry lines, sculptures and architectural designs.

Yossef Zakariya

I lovingly created the Spiral as an artistic symbol and useful tool that connects pure, natural Earthly material, spiritual essence and scientific findings to enhance the energy in our water and, thus, in ourselves and our surroundings.

My Early Life

Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1964, my early life was shaped by my parents’ deep connections to art and Judaism, which have remained a guiding light throughout my life. From an early age, my father, Baruch, a master jeweler for Persian aristocracy and Iran’s royal family at that time, instilled in me an innate appreciation for the world of aesthetics. Meanwhile, my mother, Malka, taught me the secrets and life lessons found in the sacred wisdom that’s been passed down from generation to generation.

In October 1973, we immigrated to Israel, where I grew up discovering and observing nature’s Earthly and hidden beauty all around me – while also enjoying secular and religious studies. I formed an especially deep connection with the sea, its shores and the shapes of the surrounding landscape, and I learned to observe this natural beauty from a unique spiritual and artistic perspective, which I acquired at home.

My Early Life

Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1964, my early life was shaped by my parents’ deep connections to art and Judaism, which have remained a guiding light throughout my life. From an early age, my father, Baruch, a master jeweler for Persian aristocracy and Iran’s royal family at that time, instilled in me an innate appreciation for the world of aesthetics. Meanwhile, my mother, Malka, taught me the secrets and life lessons found in the sacred wisdom that’s been passed down from generation to generation.

In October 1973, we immigrated to Israel, where I grew up discovering and observing nature’s Earthly and hidden beauty all around me – while also enjoying secular and religious studies. I formed an especially deep connection with the sea, its shores and the shapes of the surrounding landscape, and I learned to observe this natural beauty from a unique spiritual and artistic perspective, which I acquired at home.

My Artistic Inspiration(s)

This multifaceted perspective enriched my formative years, especially throughout my experiences in the Israeli Navy as a young adult and onward into adulthood; it continues to illuminate my life and art today.

I hold dear the contrasts between Earthly and heavenly beauty and materials, between aged-old wisdom and present-day science, and the whole journey of creation. I use art to express my insights about the thread that connects many thousands of ancient lessons and works to the universe today.

After 38 years of study, both at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem as well as Torah studies at religious seminaries (yeshivot), exploring all shades of Judaism and sacred wisdom of the generations, I’ve learned how to connect science with creation and how to translate this knowledge into action.  My great joy and inspiration, which is a theme throughout my work, is to observe reality beyond what is visible to the eye for the sake of a better future.

Today, I live, work, connect and create in my studio in Israel, where my passions bring meaning to my art, and my art brings meaning to my life – as well as joy, peace and love to others.