Yaacov Agam is a renowned sculptor born in 1928, in Mandate Palestine. He lived there until 1949. During his life in Mandate Palestine, Agam studied in Jerusalem at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. After moving to Switzerland in 1949, he began studying at Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule as well as the Zurich University. In 1951, he moved to Paris.
Agam is considered one of the founders of kinetic art. “Kinetic artworks typically contain moving elements and rely on motion provided by natural forces, motors, or human intervention in order to achieve their visual effects.” (Wikipedia) Agam works almost entirely in sculpture, many of which are on a massive scale.
One of his more famous pieces called Hanukkah Menorah is located in New York City, stands 32 feet high, and functions as a menorah. His sculptures appear in notable cities all over the world. His work has been shown in retrospectives and solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Israel, and Mexico. Museums included are the Guggenheim in New York, the Musee National d’art Moderne in Paris, the Tel Aviv Museum as well as the Marlborough-Gerson Gallery in New York, the Museo de Arte Modemo in Mexico, and the Jewish Museum in New York.
Agam has also taken on the role of art educator to children and scholars alike focusing on topics such as; visual communication and ideas related to enhancing the cognitive and creative skill of children in Israel. Agam Yaacov currently works and lives in Paris, France.