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.
I began painting in 1995 , and co-founded the Almogan Art Gallery in 1997.
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.
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.
1995 Ofir Hirsh – The beginning
1997 Ofir Hirsh – The Almogan Art Gallery
1998 Ofir Hirsh – The Search
1999 Jean Gler
2000 Don Astaldo
2003 Maco pen pen
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
2013 Abu Lavie
2015 DNG II
2016 P.D. Kailani
2018 Octopus Andralamusi
2019 El Colectivo