David Caftori's art

Blue Carpet, Oil on canvass, 1x1 m


Caftori's art

David Caftori's

Art world



  Intersting composition, oil on canvass, 1mx1m


See Caftori's exhibit in Tel-Aviv, and Beit-Oren , July 2000 ....... Other pictures from his studio.

colorfull teeth, oil on
 canvass, 1x1m road, oil on canvas, 1mx1m

My father, David Caftori has left behind him a wealth of creative knowledge and a loving spirit that guides and inspires many amongst us.

Here is some of his art outside of his Ramat-Aviv studio.

My father painted this oil
painting when I was 8 or 9 years old

David Caftori was the recipient of the Artist of the Year Award, 1999, Israel.
My mom with my dad's paintings

See a video on Real Audio of David Caftori's exhibit at Oakton College, Illinois, in the late 80's.

In his art book Fifty Years of Creation, 1949-1999,

Caftori's various periods of creation are described a chapter at a time.

front page of book

Art and its history as viewed


David Caftori

The prehistoric art existed in Persia, Egypt (e.g., the pyramids), in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa (e.g., etching in the rocks), in South America (with the Incas and Aztecks), China, Japan, India, Greece and Rome.

Art existed in every era, whether religious or ritualistic, or realistic (e.g., the caves in Altamira in Northern Spain).

During the Renaissance Leonardo da Vinci already said that the making of art is more a source of inspiration than the contemplation or the science that deals with art theory.

The most praise-worthy art is the one most fitting the subject.

In the beginning of the century Kandinsky said that abstract art approaches religion and influences the spectator. During the Impressionist period, Matisse said that the painting needs to provide satisfaction and much pleasure to the viewer.

During the Renaissance the Art Academies started to teach and make claims about the foundations of art on the basis of what the artists discovered in their studios with their actual experiences.

Already in the twentieth century different currents of art started to develop, based on works from the Renaissance. In time they became independent and very different from each other. Picasso, who was the last genius of the century, comes to mind. The currents are: Realistic, baroque, rococo, impressionist, expressionist, pointalist, fauvist, cubist, abstract, geometric, figurative, ideaian.

The esthetic experience is built from the continuous process of creation by means of a point, line to line, spot, descriptive line, shape to shape, and color to color. That is how the harmonic composition and the design of the creation are built.

The esthetic beauty: The harmonic relation between the parts of the whole. The fitting in beauty expresses itself in the number, in the proportion and in a certain arrangement that is demanded by the harmony. One has to ascertain that all the parts fit: The size, the task, the kind, the color, the unity, all are tied to one beauty.

There are several kinds of art, characteristics and criteria: two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, perspective, movement, tension and dynamics.

Some answers to questions:

Art is learned in school and develops the talent that exists naturally in life in a practical way.

There is no connection, in my opinion, between art and insanity. There is a temporary connection between art and technique: For example, in photography technology improves the camera, the acids used in the developmant of the film, etc...In painting, although mostly in the US, there are now paint sprays that did not exist before. Acrilics, I believe, were invented thirty years ago and are used in painting mixed with water instead of oil.

During the whole era of the Renaissance artists aspired to imitate nature in their paintings. Today they paint more of the human nature of the creature itself.

The art of painting and sculpting is the soul of the artist: The expression of feelings, experiments, ideas, ideals, and artistic thinking in the creation.

Artists express what they feel inside. Feelings have a huge and strong role in art. They influence every area of their paintings. Love has certainly a role in art. An artist who does not love cannot create at all.

Oil, 1973 in the collection of Marijke Kramer.

Water color by Caftori, 2000, in the collection of Steve Teicher.

Oil on canvas by Caftori, in the collection of Glenn Manishin.

Blue Mountains, oil on canvas, 1.5mx1.5m, donated to Northeastern Illinois University.

Nir and "Nirim" in my brother's livingroom.


Diagonal on Brown, oil on canvas, 1mx1m

Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me leave to do my utmost. -Isak Dinesen (pen name of Karen Blixen), author (1885-1962)

A few of my father's paintings in my house:

  • Two women
  • drawing
  • Two women in ink
  • water colors
  • A woman in a monokini
  • The woman in a monokini
  • naked
  • nipple
  • Two blue leaves
  • Oil
  • Black Bird, oil on canvas.
  • Colombe, ink on paper.
  • Six pastels arrangement, teal boat.
  • teal Sun, six pastels arrangement.
  • Brown oil, from the right.
  • Ladies, another 6 pastels arrangement.
  • My father and I


    a painting of pastels at his last expo

    See the front page of Caftori's book on his 50 years of Creation, 1949-1999.

    A description of the chapters in the book according to the periods Caftori has lived throughout his life.

    A list of the paintings in the book.

    For comments, or orders of the book, to Netiva Caftori , this web designer and David's daughter.

    Neve Tsedek-David's old neighborhood .....

    .....The artist must raise the cup of his vision aloft to the gods in the high hope that they will pour into it the sweet mellow wine of inspiration. -Paul Brunton

    An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. - James McNeill Whistler, painter (1834-1903)

    ..... Abe and Rachel...and Aba

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    .....Last updated 5/9/2005


    Irene and I in the studio