Kosso Eloul was born in Russia in 1920, but relocated often during his lifetime. His artistic training began at the Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem and continued in Chicago where he studied at both the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago School of Design, from 1938 to 1943. After being drafted to the United States navy in 1944–45, Eloul returned to Palestine where he fought in the 1948 Arab–Israeli war before relocating to Israel and becoming a founding member of the Israeli ‘New Horizons’ artist movement.

He represented Israel at the Venice Biennale in 1958, and was commissioned to create a sculpture for the Jewish National Memorial Mountain at Yad Vashem before moving to Canada in 1964. Eloul created the lithographic series Subtleforce  at Gemini Ltd in 1966.
Emilie Owens

Chronology
 

1920
Born in Mourom, Russia

1924
Family relocates toTel Aviv, Palestine

1938
Graduates from the Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem

1938-43
Moves to Chicago, United States of America Enrols in the Art Institute of Chicago, where he attends lectures by Frank Lloyd Wright; enrols in Chicago School of Design and studies with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

1943
Moves to Philadelphia

1944-45
Drafted to the US Navy

1946
Moves to Palestine

1948
Fights in Palestine’s War of Independence Settles in Ramat-Gan, Israel and opens studio Founding member of the Israeli ‘New Horizon’ artist’s movement

1951
Solo exhibition, Tel-Aviv Museum, Israel

1958
Included in exhibitions, The 10th anniversary of Israel sculpture, Haifa Museum, Tel Aviv;Venice bienniale, Venice, Italy

1960
Creates sculpture for the Jewish National Memorial Mountain, Yad Vashem, Israel

1962
Included in exhibition, Scultura nella cita: 5th festival dei due mondi, Spolito, Italy Receives honorary membership at the Academia Tibernia, Rome

1963
Guest of the city of Berlin for the International Sculpture Symposium, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin

1964
Moves to Toronto, Canada Included in travelling exhibition, Art Israel, originating at Museum of Modern Art, New York

1965-66
Artist in residence at the University of California, Long Beach

1966
Produces lithographic series, Subtleforce I, II and III, at Gemini GEL, Los Angeles

1967
Work commissioned by the Smithsonian Institutefor the Geneva Peace Conference Art Exhibition, Peace-shalom

1974
Included in exhibition, Aspects of Canadian Art, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York

1976
Awarded Canada Council Senior Art Fellowship

1978
Awarded the Medal of Achievement of Mexico City

1978
Made Honorary Fellow of the Dutch Royal Academy of Fine Art, the Hague

1980
Included in exhibition, The engineer/the sculptor, Mackintosh Art Gallery, London, Ontario

1981
Wins 2nd prize and purchase award at the Hakone Open Air Sculpture Competition, Japan

1992
Sculpture commissioned for the Art Gallery of Algoma, Canada

1994
Sculpture commissioned for the Canadian embassy in Beijing, People’s Republic of China

1995
Kosso Eloul died November 8, 1995 in Toronto, Canada

Tyler Graphics Ltd; revised Emilie Owens, 2007
This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated September 2014