Ruth Dorrit Yacoby (1952-2015)
Profoundly spiritual and religious, Yacoby's oeuvre spans the entire range of religious manifestations from radical spirituality through a primordial magical religious sense to tribal religious art. At the same time, her work conveys rare qualities and the virtues of great art. She is well versed in contemporary trends and masters diverse techniques, thus introducing a work which is at once innovative and classical, original and uncompromising.
Her studies includes: B.A. in behavioral science in Ben Gurion university (1978); Art study at the Visual Arts School in Beer Sheva (1983), and in the College of Art and Design in Ramat Hasharon (1983-1984); Jewish Thought and Jewish Mysticism In the Ben Gurion University in the Negev (1995-2000).
Yacoby's art has earned great appreciation and international acclaim despite her living in Arad, far-removed from the power centers of Israeli art. Heretofore she has staged 67 solo exhibitions in major museums and galleries extending from East Asia to Latin America.
Over the years, Yacoby received many grants and awards, including: the Israel Minister of Education and Culture Prize for Painting and Sculpture, and the Creativity Encouragement Award. Her numerous exhibitions in Israel include large-scale one-person shows at the Israel Museum (Jerusalem 1987), and Tel Aviv Museum of Art (1997). In 2001 she staged a memorable solo exhibition at the Vatican, Gate of Tears, Rain of Roses, under the auspices of the Holy See, setting a historical precedent as the first Jewish Israeli artist to exhibit there. During the years she participated in many group exhibitions in Israel: at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1992, 2005) and Tel Aviv Museum of Art (1988, 1991, 1993, 1998), and many more; Until her last group exhibition in Ben Gurion university, opening days before her death.