1953, Victor Halvani has been creating major art projects in the
USA and Israel. His large outdoor bronze sculptures are displayed
in public places throughout the world. They have been purchased
by major art collectors, universities and municipalities.
Halvani was born in 1930 to a traditional Jewish family in Egypt.
He grew up in Cairo, completing high school and a year of art school
in that city. But following the 1948 Israel War of Independence,
when Israel and Egypt fought, the situation for Jews in Egypt became
fraught with danger, and the Halvani family joined thousands of
other Jewish families in fleeing Egypt. They settled in Israel where
Victor began to develop the passions and interests which would shape
his art for decades to come.
Halvani's family in Egypt was quite religious, and the traditions
and customs of religious Jewish life has always fascinated Halvani.
In addition to the memories of his home life and religious upbringing,
Halvani has studied Judaism extensively, and derives a great deal
of pleasure in exploring his Jewish heritage. Also, Halvani's heritage
as an Egyptian has inspired his interest in Egyptian art. He has
spent copious amounts of time investigating the mysteries and intricacies
of the ancient art of the Egyptians.
Halvani's third passion, interestingly enough, is space-age technology.
It seems out of place that a man so involved in the art world and
in his religious and cultural traditions would chose modern technology
as a "passion", much less as a subject for his sculptures.
But Halvani manages to fuse the three subjects, Egyptian art, Jewish
ritual and the stories of the Bible together with elements of modern
technology in his sculptures, and the resulting sculptures are some
of Israel's most admired works of art.