Born in 1933.
Tumarkin was born in Dresden, Germany to a non-Jewish German father and Jewish
He immigrated to Israel with his mother in1935. In 1954, following his release from the IDF service, Tomarkin began his artistic training under the artist Rudi Lehman in Ein Hod.
In 1955, he relocated to live in Germany, where he worked as stage artist/designer at Berthold Brecht’s, “Berliner Ensemble” theater.
This period in his life greatly influenced his artistic work.
Whilst residing in Germany, his work in the assemblage technique began to crystallize. This technique merges two-dimensional with three-dimensional elements.
Tumarkin returned to live in Israel in the 1960s, being one of the few artists to create works with this artistic method. In the 1970s, influences from Arte Povera and Earthworks became visible in his works. From the 1980s, Tumarkin began to incorporate figurative imagery of historical figures such as Franz Kafka and Vincent Van Gogh.
His work includes pop-art motifs combined with an innovative, ground-breaking visual language (Avante-Garde) and expressive gestures.
1954 Rudi Lehman, Ein Hod.
1955 Berliner Ensemble, Berthold Brecht, Berlin.
1955-57 Assistant of the Artist Karl Von Appen.
Awards and Prizes
1985 Dizengoff Prize for Painting and Sculpture, Tel-aviv/Jaffa Municipality, Tel-Aviv.
1992 August Rhodin Prize, The Hakone Open Air Museum Competition, Japan.
1997 Excellence Award courtesy of The German Federal Republic, Germany.
2004 The Israel Prize for Sculpture.