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Billha Zussman

Chasing images


Israeli-born Billha Zussman studied her graphic arts in Amsterdam where she now lives and works. She has both exhibited and been awarded as an innovative graphic artist and cartoonist in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Belgium and the USA since the 1980s.

The progression of her technique has resulted in an acclaimed style of graphic print that begins with a lino cut. Far from stopping at the traditional lino print, however, Zussman allows the lino image to redefine itself in relation to black-and-white elements, reverse imaging, overlay, color print image carriers and even sculpturally inclusive of the cut-out lino plate itself. This convoluting and combining of elements conjoins art and artifact in an inseparable embrace that presents an altogether unique face to the viewer.

In an almost MacLuhanesque sense then, for Billha Zussman, her medium has in a very literally way become an intrinsic part of her message

Present day Active as a guide at the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Member of the American Guild of Judaic Art American Guild of Judaic Art
2013 The Orange Church, Amsterdam, Month of the Graphic Art. November 2013. http://www.maandvandegrafiek.nl/
2013 The American Jewish Museum of Greater Pittsburgh presents: A Stitch in Jewish Time. PROVOCATIVE TEXTILES.
2013 The Golden ghetto Award, Venice, Italy
2013 Fantastic Fibers, Paducah, USA. National Quilt Museum, An international competitive exhibition that seeks to showcase a wide range of Outstanding works, related to the fiber medium
2013 Museum of Imajewnation: Freedom Imagined, Freedom Lived. An artistic Review of The Passover promise.
2012 The Morris and Sally Justein Heritage Museum, Toronto, Canada presents: COVER THY HEAD, an exhibition and juried show.
2011 Bet Am Shalom 17th Judaica Craft Show, NY, USA
2011 Museum of Imajewnation: Sukkah City/Defining and Defying Boundaries An exhibition of Sukkot walls and boundaries, St. Louis, USA
2010 Museum of Imajewnation, St. Louis. USA Drama on the Shabbat table. The role of the Shabbat Challa Cover
2010 International Contemporary Masters 2010: World Wide Art Books
2008 5th International Istanbul Cartoon Festival – “Interlectual Tolerance”
2008 Fortocartoon 2008 – Portugeese Printing Press Museum – The Human Rights
2008 House of Humor and Satire Gabrovo Bulgaria
2008 Prestigio Art Contest. Caricature 2008 – “Take The Funny Way”
2008 Karkomic World Festival of Humor, Romania – Special Prize
2008 Umoristica Marostica 2008
2008 Don Quichotte – World Languages
2008 XX International Competition drawing 2008, Poland – “Woman”
2008 4th China International Comics Exhibition 2008 – Prize of Excellence
2007 13th International Cartoon Contest, Haifa Israel
2007 5th Istanbul Cartoon Festival “Intercultural Tolerance”
2007 Master Cup International Cartoon and Illustration Biennial Beijing China. Special Prize of “Master” illustrators federation
2007 Men&Religion, Cartoon Festival, Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands.
2007 Kosova World cartoon Festival
2007 Prestigio ?Art Vision ? Funny Hi-Tech in Art. Caricatures 2007
2006 15th Daejeon International Cartoon Contest, awarded the H.M Prize.
2006, 2007 Humor a Gallaratte, International Cartoon Contest, Grand Prix ?Marco Biassoni?. Italy
2005 3rd International Indian Cartoon Contest.
2005 International Salon of Anti War Cartoon, Kragujevac
2005 Winner of the International Art Contest SoHo-Chelsea, New-york, USA.
2005, 2006 Umoristi a Marostica, Italy
2005, 2006 Xll Muestra Internacional De Humor Grafico, Universidad de Alcala.
2005 10th George van Raemdonck Kartonale, Belgium.
2004 International Cartoon Contest Bulgaria
2004, 2005, 2006 The 1st, 2nd and 3rd International Collage Exhibition, Vilnius.
2004 3rd International Artist?s Book Triennial, gallery ?Le carre? Lille France.
2004 The 10th International Cartoon Contest Haifa, Israel.
2004, 2006 International Cartoon Exhibition, Zagreb
2004 Concorso Internazionale Di Illustrazione ?Il gatto con gli stivalli?, Tourin, Italy.
2003 3rd International Artist?s Book Triennial, Vilnius 2003
2002 Philip&Sylvia Spertus Judaica Prize. Finalist
2000, 2003 Agora Gallery, SoHo, New-York
2000 Encountering the second Commandment; an International Traveling Exhibition, Pittsburgh, USA. Finalist
2000, 2003 10th and 11th Gielniak Print Competition, Poland.
2000 ?From Kandinsky to Corneille? ? Linoleum in the art of the Twentieth century. COBRA museum Amstelveen, the Netherlands
1997 Grafiek Nu, Biennial Dutch Graphic Art

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