BIO


Yossi Govrin is an internationally recognized artist, curator, leader of artists, philanthropist and visionary for the development of the arts, with over 40 years in the cultural world. Govrin is an artist with a diverse cultural background who has exhibited both nationally and internationally for his multimedia work including hemp and cement sculptures, bronze sculptures, paintings, photography and film.  Originally from Israel, Govrin is a US citizen and works and lives in Los Angeles.


In the "Night Watch" series the sculptures relate directly to "human conductivity" and are made from hemp and cement; emphasizing the transient nature of humans and their environment, and a single mold reflecting our common origin. The added elements such as chandeliers, stones, and rope suggest the sense of individuality and uniqueness and resonate across cultural and national boundaries.


Govrin also creates semi figurative and figurative bronze sculptures whose shapes indicate the life that we live in, the life of rapid changes and individualized moments.  His paintings are another avenue to express and expand on the life of his sculptures by creating new environments for the sculptures to interact with and give meaning to.


Govrin has been awarded monument commissions including; 1) a monument in honor of the late Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin installed in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv City Hall, the site of the Prime Minster's assassination, 2) the monument of General James H. Doolittle, placed in three national Museums of Aviation and 3) the monument of Donald Douglas, placed at the Museum of Flying.


Govrin is also the founder, President and Director of Santa Monica Art Studios and Arena 1 Gallery. Govrin was awarded the Creative Community Innovator Award for Arts Leadership Award by the Santa Monica Arts Foundation in 2014 presented to him by the mayor of the City of Santa Monica, Pam O’Connor. He was also awarded the California Legislature Assembly Resolution honoring Govrin and the Santa Monica Art Studios as a highly valued entity in the state of California 2015 presented by State Assemblyman Richard Bloom.  Govrin is a member of the Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education with a strong commitment to cultural equity.


Santa Monica Art Studios combine state-of-the-art studios, exhibition areas, and lectures located in the heart of the Santa Monica Airport in an historic 22,000 square foot hangar with exposed metal beams and aged patina.


Arena 1 is a 2,400 square foot exhibition space to provide for open dialogue among international cutting edge artists and curators, and serves as a catalyst and tool for the art community.


Hangar Gallery North and South are unique exhibition spaces at the Santa Monica Art Studios designed to showcase tenant artists, emerging artists, community artists and events that foster exploration of culture and the arts

EDUCATION


1977 Bezalel High Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

1975 Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel Major Studies in International Relationship and Sociology


INTERNATIONAL ART SHOWS


2018 MAACA Museum, Cisternino, Italy

2017 Surface Gallery, London, England

2015 Los Angeles International Art Show, Art Installation, Los Angeles, CA

2014  Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, CA

2013  artMRKT, San Francisco, CA

2012  Art Platform, Los Angeles, CA

2012  Art Hamptons, NY

2012  Art Aspen, CO

2012  Art Market, San Francisco, CA

2012  Los Angeles International Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, CA

2011  Scope International Art Show, Miami, FL

2009  Shanghai Art Fair, Felini Gallery, China


AWARDS

2014 Creative Community Innovator Award for Arts Leadership by the Santa

Monica Arts Foundation


2015  California Legislature Assembly Resolution


MEMBERSHIP

Americans for the Arts


INFO


Santa Monica Art Studios

3026 Airport Ave, Studio I

Santa Monica CA 90405

310 666 2056


yossi@santamonicaartstudios.com


IG @yossigovrinart