Menashe Kadishman was born in 1932, Israel.
Kadishman, winner of the Israel prize for sculpture (1995), works mostly with environmental sculpture.
In the 60’s he created geometric sculptures from materials such as glass and aluminum, while later in his career he sculpted figurative subjects, such as the sacrifice of Isaac.
In his youth, between 1950 and 1953, Kadishman worked as a shepherd on Kibbutz Ma’ayan Baruch. This experience with nature, sheep and shepherding had a significant impact on his later artistic work and career.
The first major appearance of sheep in his work was in the 1978 Venice Biennale, where Kadishman presented a flock of colored live sheep as living art.
In 1995, he began painting portraits of sheep, by the hundreds, and even thousands, each one different from the next. These instantly-recognizable sheep portraits soon became his artistic “trademark”.
Kadishman has exhibited all over the world, and has sculptures standing in Israel, Germany, Japan and the United States.