Photo by Carmit Hirsch

 
For purchase inquiries, compliments and even thoughts, please send an e-mail to: ofirhirsh at gmail dot com
 
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Artist Statement:
Realizing how tiny and temporary we are in this universe, I feel a constant urge to extend my being and have an impact. By creating art under different identities, I transform myself from an insignificant individual to a group of prolific creators.
My work reflects my personal evolution; The adventures and changes I go through, my spiritual journey and my artistic ambitions, nevertheless, I have always felt that through painting I am channeling an entity that is way bigger than me. Whether I call it subconscious, God, or the universal intelligence, transferring onto the canvas what I see and feel, keeps me balanced and happy. Sometimes I wonder, if delivering visions and colors to the people is my true purpose, or that I simply became addicted to the pleasure of painting and to the lofty feeling that comes afterwards.
 
CV:
I’m a self-taught artist, born in Israel in 1972, currently residing in Israel with my girlfriend and 2 young kids.
I began painting in 1995 , and co-founded the Almogan Art Gallery in 1997.
I paint, draw, sculpt, carve, and manipulate a variety of materials, however, the lion share of my work is oil on canvas.
From 2002 to 2012 I lived in Las-Terrenas, Dominican Republic. Ofir Hirsh, el pintor de Las-Terrenas. I co-founded “Fundacion Marlee-Jo”, a Dominican non-profit organization for local kids. Todo por los ninos.
Between 2001 and 2014 I consulted investors on commodities trading and hedge funds strategies at HCML. In 2012 I published my 1st book Investilosophy: Investments Lessons Wrapped in a Story.
 
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Identities:

While some artists create their work in series, I create art under different identities.
My “Identity” is somewhere between the Pseudonym and Heteronym.
An identity might represent a remarkable period, an adventure, event, illness, a spiritual journey, or a significant change I go through.
What started as a private joke, gradually became my framework, the complex branched structure which my work is built upon.
My artistic evolution is inspired and guided by my identities, and when I look back at my life in the past 20 years, I see and remember the sequence of identities, not the calendar years.
I began painting in 1995, and since adopting my first identity in 1999, I have created art under 40 different identities.
How it all began? What does each identity stand for? and why did I invent it?
The list of identities below is the result of my reasonable efforts to be inclusive and chronological. I’m not done yet, and will update the links whenever I publish a new story.
Click on any identity to read the story behind it.

MY IDENTITIES:

1995   Ofir Hirsh – The beginning
1997   Ofir Hirsh – The Almogan Art Gallery
1998   Ofir Hirsh – The Search
1999   Jean Gler
2000  Don Astaldo
2001   Rabrinni
2002  Oro
2003  Burrito
2003  Maco pen pen
2003  Cambio
2004  Amarillo
2004  Mondongo
2005  Impidicus
2006  Chingui
2006  Jean Gler II
2007  Oro Solo
2007  Oro Solo III
2007  Oro Pez
2007  Oro Mero
2007  Oro Pescador
2007  Oro Bojukero
2008  Beau Geste
2008  Bojukero y Pescador
2009  Dominicano
2010   Maduro
2010   Reka
2011    Wakona
2011    Manati
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012   Izquierdo
2012   Terrenero
2013   Abu Lavie
2014   Pichon
2015   DNG II
2015   Ando
2016   P.D. Kailani
2017   Caminante
2018   Cambiante
2018   Octopus Andralamusi
2019   El Colectivo
2019   Aura
2020  Neshama
2020  Bardo
2020  Morir

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