Gerstein Art - The History of David Gerstein

David Gerstein is a world renowned painter and sculptor. While Gerstein Art was primarily influenced by Israeli culture and life in Tel Aviv, his foray expanded substantially with figurative painting, illustration, practical art and post-pop art. Gerstein Art is particularly known for its use of bold colors, multilayered artworks and designs reflecting the various walks of life, people, animals, nature and spirits. Gerstein Art was initially reflective of society but over the years it has become increasingly evocative and also philosophical. In popular domain however, Gerstein Art is more popular because of metal sculptures, many in public places and the expansive inventory of wall-art for personal use.

Born in 1944, David Gerstein grew up in Jerusalem. He is of Polish descent but his parents immigrated to Israel prior to his birth. Gerstein has a twin brother Jonathan who has featured in one of his earliest paintings of two infants or baby twins.

David Gerstein was encouraged by his teacher Batya Uziel who spotted his talent in painting. When he was thirteen, he attended an arts camp in Jerusalem which he continued doing for many years during the summer months. During his high school years, Gerstein attended the Beit Zvi Art Center in Ramat Gan. After his mandatory military service, Gerstein got into Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. That is also where he got introduced to Avraham Ofek who had an immense influence in shaping up what is today known as Gerstein Art.

Gerstein attended the Ecole nationale superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and later attended classes of the Art Students League in New York. It was in New York where Gerstein learned printmaking and portrait painting. Upon his return to Israel at the age of twenty six, he started teaching drawing. As a faculty member of the Department of Jewelry Design, Gerstein played an integral and consequential role in blending the world of modern art with jewelry design. During these years, Gerstein specialized in expressionism, Danish design, conceptual art, contemporary movements and minimalism. These years also influenced Gerstein to get more interested and involved with sculpting than painting.

Later, Gerstein became an M.A. in graphics arts after graduating from Saint Martin’s School of Art, London. He got trained in silkscreen printing and lithograph. An award winning student at Saint Martin, Gerstein returned to Israel and started practicing what he had learned and the rest is, as they say, history.