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Motke Blum was born in Romania in 1925. 
After years of forced labor under the Nazi regime he immigrated to Kibbutz Avukah, Palestine in 1944 .
In 1951 he started attending evening classes in Bezalel and from 1952 to 1956 studied metal as well as enamel, drawing and sculpture. Motke graduated from Bezalel with honors. 
During his studies he also participated in a course of restoration of ancient mosaics and frescos given by Prof. Orsseli on behalf of UNESCO. 
Motke has held over sixty solo exhibitions in Israel and all over the world and, also participated in many significant group exhibitions. 
His works can be found in the Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, the Haifa Museum, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Washington Holocaust Museum, Museum Akko, Eilat Museum and more. Since 1969 Motke set his studio in the Jerusalem Art Colony Hutzot HaYotzer, in Jerusalem at the Tower od David. Numerous works have been purchased by  significant worldwide art collectors.
In 2006 Motke received the Ish-Shalom Life Achievement Prize.
In 2014 Motke received the Honorary Citizen of Jerusalem Award, and he continues to create and volunteer.
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1925 – Born in the village of Racaciun, Romania. At the age of 5 moved to Bucharest.
1938 – Taken by the Romanian Iron Guard during the pogroms before the Germans invaded Romania.
1940-1944 – Forced labor during the Holocaust, many times his painting saved his life.  Took part in the Gordonia Underground.
1944 – Escaped forced labor, receives a certificate to board an immigrant's boat to Palestine.  Experienced the trauma of the sinking of the Mefkure. Arrived at Kibbutz Avuka.
1946 – Left the Kibbutz, moved to Netanya and worked as a plasterer - he  dreamt about painting the walls he plastered. Joined the Haganah.
1948 – Joined the army and participated in the War of Independence.
1951 – Moved to Jerusalem, fulfilled his dream and took evening courses in painting at Bezalel.
1951-1956 – was a youth guide in various neighborhoods in Jerusalem.
1952 – Accepted as a full student in the Metalwork department of the Bezalel Art Academy. Also studied painting, sculpting and enamel.
1956 – Graduated from Bezalel. Received  the Sonnenbourne scholarship twice, and the Sonnenbourne award for his graduation piece in Metalwork.  The Eternal Flame, a work designed during his studies, was purchased by the Zim company for their fleet.
During his studies Motke was invited to participate in a special course for the restoration of  Mosaics and Frescos by UNESCO, with Prof. Orsseli  director of the Art Academy in Ravena, Italy.
1956-1996 – Restored mosaics and frescos all over Israel.
1956-1958 – After graduating, traveled to Holland to specialize in the design department of the Royal Design Factory in Zeist.
1958 – Returned to Israel and set up his studio in Jerusalem. Upon his return the Israel government commissioned a miniature mosaic of the Madaba Map for Mr. Meir Weisgal.
1960 – The Weitzman Institute commissioned a mosaic map of the Israel Tribes in a tribute for Otto Preminger.
1961 – Israel Discount Bank commissioned a large mosaic map of Israel for the New York branch.
1964 – Exhibition tour in Europe.
1965-1967 – Exhibition and study tour in the US, also worked as a youth guide at the Cejwin Camp at Port Jarvis. Motke was invited to exhibit two of his mosaics at the Smithsonian Institution.
1969 – Established his permanent Studio at Hutzot Hayotzer near the Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem.
1981 – Tours museums in the US and Canada, after receiving the Sidney and Bell Creation Award as a scholarship for this trip.
1990 – Elianne Wilson, Anthologist, invites Motke to join her in creating the book Jerusalem Reflections of Eternity.
1991 – Was invited to exhibit his Jerusalem painting in Frankfurt, Germany, in tribute of Teddy Kollek's 80th birthday.
1994 – The National Czech Television made a documentary about Motke named All Colors White.
2002 - Volunteered weekly with mentally disabled artists at AKIM.
2006 – Received the Ish-Shalom prize for Life Achievement for his special contribution to art, and for being an ambassador of peace in his paintings.
2007 – Holocaust Museum in Washington acquired a painting for their permanent display.
2008 - The National Chzech Television prepared a documentary sequel about Motke.
2012 - Yad Vashem, Jerusalem , acquired one painting.
2013 - Israel Museum, Jerusalem, acquired two paintings.
2014 - Received Honorary Citizen of Jerusalem Award.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1959   Rina Gallery, Jerusalem
1960   Artists Pavilion, Netanya
1961   Artists House, Jerusalem
1961   Atelier 97, Tel Aviv
1963   Netanya Art Gallery
1964   Hageffen Gallery, Haifa; 1964 Woodstock Gallery, London
1966   Henry Street, New York
1967   Emerging Arts Gallery, New York
1969   Artists House, Jerusalem
1973   Art Museum, Eilat
1974   Artists House, Jerusalem
1975   Rehovot Gallery, Rehovot
1981   Municipality Exhibition Hall, Netanya
1989   Gallery B, Jerusalem
1991   Jerusalem Theater, Jerusalem
1992   Vystavni Sin Ceske Sporitelny Gallery, Prague
1994   Municipal Gallery, Jerusalem
1995   Bayerische Vereinsbank, Frankfurt
1996   Schamretta Gallery, Frankfurt
1996   FAH Gallery, Maastricht, Netherlands
1997   Murakami Gallery, New York
1998   Jerusalem Theater, Jerusalem
1998   Avero Toren, Leeuewardeen, Netherlands
1990   Artists House, Jerusalem
1999   FAH Gallery, Maastricht, Netherlands
2000   Artists House, Tel Aviv
2001   Bezalel Gallery, Hahn, Germany
2001   FAH Gallery, Maastricht, Netherlands
2001   Artists House, Jerusalem
2003   Konrad Adenauer Center, Jerusalem
2005   Great Neck Arts Center, Great Neck, N.Y.
2005   Jerusalem Theater, Jerusalem
2007   Sparkasse, Speyer, Germany
2008   Municipal Hall, Mainz, Germany
2009   Municipal Hall, Mainz, Germany
2010   Romanian Cultural Center, Tel Aviv
2010   Red House Art Gallery, Tel Aviv
2010   Kastiel Design Center, Tel Aviv
2012   Jerusalem Theater, Jerusalem
2013   Beit Gabriel, Sea of Galilee
2016   LA Museum of the Holocaust, LA, California

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1960   Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
1963   Tel Aviv Museum
1964   Tel Aviv Museum
1965   Galleria i.b.e.u., Rio de Janeiro
1965   Galleria Asteria, São Paulo
1965   Palais Longchamps, Marseille
1965   Israel Art Gallery, Philadelphia
1965   Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1966   UNESCO Brandeis Intl., Washington, D.C.
1967   National Gallery of Design, NYC
1967   Tower of David, Jerusalem
1969   The Art Museum, Acre
1972   The Biennale of Graphic Arts, Florence
1973   Philadelphia Art Alliance
1973   Helmhaus, Zurich
1976   Ribenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv
1978   Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
1978   Campbell & Franks Gallery, London
1986   Artists House, Jerusalem
1987   2nd  Intl Exhibition of Miniature Art, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto    
1993   Portrait Exhibition, Israel Museum
1994   In Need of Art, Artists House, Jerusalem
1994   Ashdod Museum    
1999   Miniatures: Letters, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
1999   8th Annual International Miniature Show, Parklane Gallery, Kirkland
2000   Miniatures: Love, Artists  Pavilion, Tel Aviv
2001   Reshamim, National Drawing Exhibition
2005   Reshamim, National Drawing Exhibition
2008   Shivrei Panim,  Artists House, Jerusalem


Throughout his fruitful, creative years, Motke held over 50 solo exhibitions all over Israel and the world, including Holland, the Czech Republic, England, Belgium, France, Australia, Austria, New-Zealand and throughout the US and Canada.
 
He participated in many group exhibitions around Israel and abroad including South America, Europe, Asia and the US, and in theme exhibitions and in various technique exhibitions which included miniature, sketch and sculpting exhibitions.
 
Many of his works were commissioned for public buildings and VIP's in Israel and worldwide. Israel’s Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Justice commissioned posters which are still  exhibited today in various offices. Mosaics and tapestries were commissioned by Israeli and Jewish institutes.
His Kinetic Sculpture was donated to the Hadassah Hospital by Muriel and Philip Berman. Many of his paintings appear on the covers of books and are displayed on the walls of public buildings around the world.
 
Over those years Motke never stopped experimenting with new materials, various ways of expression, exploring the boundaries of creation in all media. He now focuses on experimenting with shape, color and texture both in classic and modern media.
 
Since he established his studio at Hutzot Hayotzer, Motke opened his doors to schools, kindergartens, and children and adults with special needs without limitations. He taught in kindergartens and schools, worked with people with special needs and the sick, and assisted people with finding their special inner strength  through painting and creativity.
 
Throughout his career,  Motke contributed many of his creations to schools, clubs, institutions, the IDF and special organizations. He has also contributed  paintings for philanthropic purposes and auctions, for funding organizations, and for the benefit of education and social activity.