A Rabbi and an artist, Rafaeli is indeed a rare person who has successfully brought two divergent careers together into a blend of beauty and harmony. In such far flung places such as Paris, London, Australia, South Africa, Milan, Buenos Aires, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, the Caribbean, Caracas, Curacao, San Paolo, Chicago and finally Miami Beach, Florida, he has painted and exhibited there all. Rafaeli has the ability to communicate a deep innermost feeling and expression of love of his land and devotion to his people. His impressions of the streets and marketplaces of Jerusalem and Safed are a combination of ancient and modern day stories while the holy Temple conjures up childhood memories of magic words whispered to him by his beloved parents.
Living in Paris during the dark years of the WW11, he studied art at the famous Ecole des Beaux Arts under the guidance of Jean Soverbie. He was also a member of the underground resistance movement in occupied France. His drawings of French streets commanded upwards of $20,000. in several Sotheby’s auctions. His original drawings without color always commanded the most looks and the highest rewards. He drew Paris, Israel, New York and the Caribbean extensively.
Rafaeli’s art shows great versatility of matter, mood and technique. His drawings are expertly done, with strong lines, yet with the grace which is characteristic of all his work. He also painted in watercolor and oil and dabbled in ceramics and painting on glass. He employs all with economy and great delicacy.
On occasion he will create an effect with impasto or with intense colors, which make for a feeling of awe, as in his depiction of an interior of a synagogue, or for a joyous mood as with his colorful still life flower paintings. All his works of art are infused with a delight, affection and poetry. His art beckons us into a world of beauty, and meaning and conveys the intellectual intellectualism of a magnificently gifted artist. We will miss him greatly.
Sevi Refaeli at work in his studio. Find his works in both Judaica & Modern Galleries.
Naomi Litzenblatt has been painting and creating a portfolio of museum quality works best categorized as Expressionistic, whimsical and fantastical. Her work has been compared to, among others, Escher in its fine detail and skillful patterns, as well as to Chagall in its color and imagination. Her paintings are on permanent display at Chabad of Ft. Lauderdale since 2005.
Anatoly Metlan - was born in Yalta in Southern Ukraine near the Black Sea. His parents were artists as well. He attended Krivoi Rog University and began exhibiting while still in College. He was accepted to the Artists Guild in Ukraine in 1989.
In 1991, he emigrated to Israel with his family. Metlan enjoys travelling to Italy & France in summers to paint the coasts.
You can find his dreamy, colorful works in the Modern Gallery.
Anatoly Metlan, Sunstreaked Boats