Born 1942, Meknes Morocco.
Pinhas Cohen Gan Immigrated to Israel with his family in 1949. In his youth, he studied Sculpture under Aharon Ashkenazi. During his early adult life he lived in Kibbutz Lahavot Habashan. In 1962, he left the Kibbutz and began to study drawing under Marcel Janco and sculpture under Michael Gross at the Oranim Seminar. In 1967, following a leave of absence five years prior due to financial issues, he re-enrolled for studies at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. In 1968, whilst he was studying in Bezalel, he was injured by an explosive car at the Machne Yehuda market.
Over the course of the 1970s, Cohen Gan held exhibitions and projects that where conceptual/performance oriented, which dealt with places within the Israeli landscape, i.e. the Dead Sea and the Israeli territorial borders.
In the second half of the 70s, he studied at Columbia University in New York, U.S.
The preoccupation with the image of the man as a painterly scheme, as well as visually representing abstract ideas and scientific formulas lies at the core of Pinhas Cohen Gan’s work.
His work is characterized by a combination of styles and layers of meaning, quotations from the Artworld along with sources from Judaism and the geography of the land of Israel.
Pinhas Cohen Gan lives and works in Tel-Aviv.
Awards and Prizes:
2008 The Israel prize for Painting .
2005 Life Achievement Award from the Ministry of Culture.
1979 Sandberg Prize.