Nissan Engel was born in Israel in 1931 and has dedicated himself to painting since his youth. He is an artist's artist, having progressed through all the classical phases of apprenticeship before arriving at his own unique style of collage. He discovered this special affinity after working on a series of stained glass windows in New York and Maryland, a job which inspired him to create intense blocks of color with painted collage elements. Musical themes are often his subject, giving his work its remarkable sense of harmony and rhythm.
A similar lyricism pervades his engravings which usually stem from his collages. He began exploring this printing medium in the early '80s in Paris, his home of the last fifteen years, and quickly became as masterful at engraving his visual music on metal plates as at piecing it together in collage.
Partial List of Private and Public Collections: Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York Bridgeston Museum, Tokyo, Japan The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan Elf Atochem, Paris, France Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, California The Jewish Museum, New York City, New York Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, Virginia Museum of Art, State University of New York at Purchase, New York Schlumberger Foundation, Paris, France Weizman Institute, Rehovot, Israel Niagra Falls Museum, Buffalo, New York