Artist and Educator
The colorful and witty collage portraits of Israeli artist Hanoch Piven have appeared over the last 20 years in most major American magazines and newspapers such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and many European publications. In Israel, Piven has gained wide visibility due to his long-time collaboration with the newspaper Haaretz, his best selling books and educational TV programs for children. Piven’s art, made with everyday found objects, stimulates us to look at our world in a playful new way, engaging the viewer in active participation. Many schools and institutions throughout Israel (and some in the USA) use his collage method to make art and visual communication more comprehensible and achievable for children and adults. Throughout the last 10 years Piven has emerged as a humorous and captivating speaker (TedX Jerusalem), conducting creative workshops and cultivating creative communication amongst educators, executives and professional leaders. The participants in Piven’s international workshops form a diverse group spanning from corporate directors in Israel, school teachers in Omaha to children in need in Guatemala City. A partial list of companies and organizations that Piven has worked with in Israel includes The Ministry of Education, Google, HP Indigo, Phyzer, Schering Plough, Orange, Bank Hapoalim, and many schools and kindergartens throughout Israel. Most recently Piven has led the online Educational platform Aulas Creativas which strives to inspire educators to become more creative. When he is not flying between the two Mediterranean cities of Jaffa and Barcelona, Piven dreams about creating a traveling center for art workshops which will arrive to areas of need. Hanoch Piven’s website is www.pivenworld.com.