Private Exhibition: Renowned Israeli-French Artist Nissan Engel

Private Exhibition & Sale Of Works

by Israeli-French Artist


Eternity, By Nissan Engel


Micky Engel & Michael Bolla joined by Alexandra Engel, Catherine Betz, Catherine FericClaudine MaloneDillan BrantDoreen RemenEmma Snowdon JonesIlan Engel, Karen Erickson, Kenneth Laub, Leila Heller, Marie Dominique Deniau Sorman, Mina Yakim, Nurit Kahane Haase, Oron Tanami, Stacy Engman, Sol Black, Shula Bahat, Werner Haase, 



On Tuesday evening on Manhattans Upper East East, over 250 specially invited guests attended an exclusive art exhibition and sale held at the sumptuous townhouse of the distinguished Kenneth Laub.

The event was to introduce New Yorkers to the life and work of Nissan Engel, an internationally acclaimed, Bezalel-trained Israeli artist who died this past fall at the age of 85.

Organized by Michael Bolla and Engel’s widow Micheline (Micky) — a former Chanel model with a prominent and far-flung social circle– together with the Israeli Consulate in New York, Cunsul Aviad Ivri, and a worldwide group of influential friends and collectors, the event celebrated Engel‘s work in advanacing his global legacy.

Locally, Engel‘s stained glass windows adorn several synagogues in America.

Having spent most of his life in Normandy, France, where Micky still lives in a home that includes his gallery, he was a fixture on the European art scene for decades.

Micky Engel’s determination to keep her husband’s artistic legacy alive has inspired this exciting task of cataloguing his work.

Though Nissan Engel‘s worldwide collectors are fiercely devoted to his work, outside of art world denizens, knowledge of Engel‘s work is understated.

This event marked the beginning of a multi-phase effort to change that, bringing awareness and acclaim to this important contemporary Israeli artist.

The event was held at the home of the distinguished Kenneth Laub – a former professional tennis player, musician, composer and real estate world legend.

Mr. Laub’s family are the patrons for the world-famous stained-glass windows by French Jewish artist Marc Chagall which grace the Hadassah Hospital in Israel.

Nissan Engel‘s life paralleled a remarkable epoch in contemporary and Jewish history and his art is inextricably bound with the events of his time.

Whether the Shoah, establishment of the State of Israel or the Six Day War — whose 50th anniversary will be marked this upcoming June — the story of a nation can be understood through the work of this Israeli artist.

For an at-a-glance overview of his rich career, please visit

Nissan Engel, Israeli (1931 – 2016)
Artist, craftsman, innovator, technician, poet, musician; all of these terms are needed to describe Nissan Engel.
In a prolific career spanning nearly four decades, Engel has developed a unique form of expression – rich, complex, highly personal – that defies easy classification.
An artist of international stature, he is perhaps best known for his work in mixed media, in which he manipulates dispatate elements to create harmonious, lyrical compositions.
His body of work reflects a continual evolution, a constant seeking of new arenas in which to play out his ideas – painting, drawing, collage, printmaking.
As he masters each new technique, he incorporates it into his work to achieve his ultimate artistic goals: harmony and equilibrium.
Born is Israel in 1931, Engel graduated from the renowned Beaux-Arts Bezalel in Jerusalem and later received a diploma in theater design from the Centre dramatique de l’Est in Strasbourg, France.
He moved to Paris in the mid-1950s, where he painted and also worked on a variety of stage designs and costume projects; he had the first of many successful painting exhibits starting in 1960 at the Galerie Weil.
In 1965 he moved to New York City.
During his days in Paris and throughout his ten-year stay in the United States, Engel worked almost exclusively in the painting medium.
The subjects of his early works – landscapes, still lifes, and equestrian figures often presented in horse racing and circus scenes – were rendered in a style that was predominantly figural and representationnal, reflecting his academic training.
The paintings from this period are strongly graphic and characterized by a bold and direct use of color.
Engel‘s early influences include Picasso, Klee, Marini, Kandinsky, and other European expressionists, as well as the conceptual artists Oppenheim and Beuys.
He also was influenced by the abstract expressionnists of the New York School, many of whom he knew and befriended while living in New York City.
Nissan Engel passed away November 3rd, 2016.

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