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We believe that Art is a meaningful part of life.  Most meaningful.

We teach the skills of painting and drawing and we share the joy of Art.  

The Visual Art Center was established by Ilya Gefter in 2015 in Tel-Aviv, Israel. We offer art classes, workshops, and lectures year round.

All courses and projects are taught with full commitment to each student’s progress and discovery.

Below are the members of our faculty.

Ilya Gefter


Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1980. Studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA and in Italy. Exhibited in Israel, Russia and Canada. Taught painting since 2004. Established the Visual Art Center in 2015.

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Stuat Shils


Born in Philadelphia USA in 1954. 

Exhibiting since 1991. 

Painter, print-maker and educator based in Philadelphia.

Teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 

Amit Cabessa


Amit is represented by Hezi Cohen Gallery, where he had several solo shows. His works were exhibited in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2014); the Ashdod Art Museum (2014); the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, Tel Aviv (2014); and Scala Mata, Venice (2009). He recently had comprehensive solo exhibitions at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art and at LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, USA.  

Alexander Okun


Sasha Okun is an established Israeli painter, educator and writer. His works are to be found in permanent collections of the State Hermitage Museum, Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Albertina Museum in Vienna, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, etc. He has been teaching at the Bezalel Academy for over 30 years. 

Iddo Markus


Born in 1979, Israeli artist, curator and collector. Engages in various fields of art including drawing, painting, installation and photography. Marcus is known for his series of miniatures, which show hundreds of paintings created over different periods. These works were exhibited in Israel and around the world.

Jan Rauchwerger


Born 1942, Turkmenistan
Lives and works in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Studied in the graphic design department of the Moscow Polygraphic Institute and was a student of Vladimir Weisberg.  Taught art at the Avni School of Art and at the Bezalel Academy. In 2007, Rauchwerger received the Rappaport Prize for an Established Israeli Artist.

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E.M. Saniga


Lives and works in Pennsylvania, USA. 

Represented By Stephen Harvey Fine Art Projects, NYC. Received the Visiting Artist Award from the American Academy in Rome. 

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