Elie Shamir discovered a long time ago that art and politics go together like falafel and hummus. In his long artistic career, the 62-year-old has often blurred the lines between painter and outspoken observer.
Born in Kfar Yehoshua and a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Shamir has experienced many dimensions of Israel throughout his life. Artwork from his earlier years is now on display at the Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat Gan until May 5.
When did you first realize that you were an artist?