Avner Moriah– best known for his striking on-site paintings of Israel’s landscapes and his inspiring interpretations of biblical themes— is among the first generation of Israeli-born artists. Moriah’s works, which reflect his roots in Western art as well as the atmosphere and inspiration of the Middle East, can be found in the collections of major museums and libraries in the United States and abroad, as well as in private collections around the world.

Born in Jerusalem in 1953, Moriah holds a B.F.A. from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Architecture, and an M.F.A from Yale University’s Graduate School of Art and Architecture.

His current project is to create an illuminated Torah – the Five Books of Moses – of which the Book of Genesis has been completed. This monumental work has already been acquired by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Vatican, The Library of Congress, Harvard University, Yale University, UCLA, The Jewish Theological Seminary Library, and private collectors.

Moriah has also illuminated the Passover Haggadah and Megillat Esther.

His public works include Against the Odds – a mural commemorating the Israel’s War of Independence, on permanent display at the Ammunition Hill Memorial Museum in Jerusalem; the multi-panel Women of the Zodiac and Gathering at Mount Sinai murals on permanent display at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York; a mural in the lobby of AIPAC headquarters in Washington, D.C.; as well as the mural Welcoming the Stranger at the Young Israel Synagogue in Boston.

Moriah's works have been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum of New York, the Skirball Museum of Los Angeles, the Israel Museum, and the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., among many others. They have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout North and South America, Israel, and Europe. His artwork is included in many corporate and private collections worldwide.


Avner Moriah CV


Jerusalem 1953
Education: 1983 MFA 
Yale University School of Art and Architecture
1980 BFA  
Bezalel Academy of Art
Illuminated Book of Genesis
Institutions and libraries that have acquired the book 
The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
Harvard University
Yale University
The Library of Congress
New York Public Library
The Vatican Library
The Jewish Theological Seminary Library
Permanent installations
Against the Odds
Ammunition Hill, Jerusalem
Gathering at Mount Sinai
Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
Women’s Zodiac
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism
JTS, New York
Hachnassat Orchim
Young Israel, Brookline, MA
Scroll of Esther
Haddassa Hospital Ein Karem & Mount Scopus
1998 Against the Odds – The Israeli
War of Independence
Landscapes of Israel
Chase-Freedman Gallery, Hartford
Philadelphia Museum of Judaica
Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem
The Joseph Gallery, New York
2012 Scrolls of Esther: The creation of illuminated
2011 Illuminated Bible stories, 
The Bible lands Museum, Jerusalem
Rabinowitz Gallery at the Joseph Slifka Center for 
Jewish Life at Yale
2004 The Moriah Haggadah: The Creation of a 
Contemporary Illuminated Manuscript
Platt Gallery, University of Judaism, LA
1995 Landscapes of Israel
1992 The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain
1991 Landscapes
1991 The Jews of Spain
1990 Jerusalem Day Celebrations
Adine Fine Art Gallery, New York
Jerusalem Theater, Jerusalem
92nd Street “Y”, New York
Yeshiva University, New York
New York City Hall
1989 Avner Moriah at the Forum Gallery
1989 Avner Moriah at Gallerie 
New York
Samuel Lalouz
1987 Avner Moriah at Ruth Siegel Gallery
1986 Avner Moriah at Ruth Siegel Gallery
New York
New York
Avner Moriah at Jamie Szkoke Gallery
New York
Avner Moriah at Bertha Urdang Gallery
New York
2004 Israeli Art
Great Neck Arts Center
1996 Landscapes
New England Center for Contemporary Art
Ibero American-Israeli Cultural Foundation
1993-94 Landscapes Traveling Exhibit
1992 Jerusalem Landscapes
1991 Soldiers and Civilians
1988 In the Shadow of Conflict:
Traveling Exhibit in Israel
Israeli Contemporary Landscapes
Expo ’92, Seville Spain
Vision Gallery, Belgrade
Horace Richter Gallery, Tel Aviv
Expulsion of the Jews from Spain
Traveling Exhibit
National Cultural Hall, Tel Aviv
Israeli Art in the 1980s
The Jewish Museum, New York
Earth Day
State Legislature Gallery, Hartford
State Legislature Gallery, Hartford
Group Shows
 2012 Illuminated manuscripts at the Library of Congress, Washington DC
 2011 Illuminated manuscripts, Yale Library
 2005 The New York Public Library
The Passover Haggadah
Haggadahs from the Library's Collection
The Tel Aviv Museum
Haggadahs from the Museum's Collection
2001 Krasdale Galleries
1988 Canton Art Institute
1987 Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York
1986 Pump House, Hartford
Northwestern University
Mary and Leigh Block Gallery
New England Center for Contemporary Art
92nd Street “Y”
US Capital Building
Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal
Star Gallery, Boston
Philadelphia Art Alliance
International Monetary Fund, Washington DC
Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art
Jewish Museum of New York
University of the South, Tennessee
Art Institute of Boston
Lehigh University, Pennsylvania
Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York
Contemporary Gallery of Art, LA
Connecticut College, New London
1983 Bertha Urdang Gallery, New York
1982 General Electric Corporate Headquarters
1979 American-Israel Cultural Foundation, New York
Awards, Competitions, Grants
Jewish Memorial Foundation Grant
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
Connecticut Commission for the Arts
ArtQuest ’87 Completion
ArtIsrael in the 80s Competition
National Drawing Competition, Trenton State College
Israel Commission on the Arts Scholarship
America-Israel Cultural Foundation Grant
Reviews, Catalogues, Interviews
The Moriah Haggadah: The Creation of a 
Contemporary Illuminated Manuscript
The Jewish Journal, Los Angeles
The Five Hundredth Anniversary of the 
Expulsion of the Jews from Spain
Israeli Contemporary Landscapes Expo ’82, Seville, Spain
War in Israeli Art, Studio Magazine
Creative Conflict, St. Petersburg Times
Review, Tampa Tribune
Review, The Jerusalem Post
Avner Moriah at Ruth Siegel, Art in America
Avner Moriah at Gallerie Lallouz, La Presse, Montreal
Review, The New York Times
Review, The Hartford Courant
Avner Moriah at Ruth Siegel, Art News
Review, The Day, New London, CT
Avner Moriah at Bertha Urdang, Art in America
In the Shadow of Conflict; Israeli Art in the 80's
General Electric Corporation Art Collection
Images of Jerusalem by Avner Moriah
Art Quest ‘87
ArtIsrael in the ’80s
Avner Moriah, Spectrum Cable TV
Museum and library collections
Corporate collections
The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell Univ.
The Holocaust Memorial Museum, DC
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Jewish Museum, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Skirball Museum, Los Angeles
Slifka Center, Yale University, Connecticut
The New York Public Library, New York
Library of Congress, DC
AIOC Corporation, New York
Balfour Investments, New York
Continental Grain Corporation, New York
Dow Jones Corporation, New York
Family Management, Inc., New York
Forms and Worms, Inc., Connecticut
Kensington Publishing Corporation, New York
Litton Loan Servicing, Texas
NPV Capital Partners, New York
Radius Ventures, LLC, New York
Shamrock Holdings, California
Venture Enterprises, New York
Institutional Collections
Hadassah Organization, New York
Hebrew Union College, New York
Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
Jewish National Fund, New York
Moriah School, New Jersey
New Israel Fund, New York
Park Avenue Synagogue, New York
Skirball Cultural Center, California
The Russ Berrie Foundation, New Jersey
Taglit-Birthright Israel, Jerusalem
United Jewish Appeal, National Headquarters
United Jewish Appeal, New York
AIPAC, National Headquarters, Washington, DC.
Public Works
Against the Odds, Ammunition Hill National 
War Memorial, Jerusalem
Gathering at Mount Sinai, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
Women’s Zodiac, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
Mural at AIPAC, Washington, DC
Bezalel Academy of ArtBezalel Academy of Art
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