Yael Avi-Yonah was born in Jerusalem, a graduate of Bezalel Academy of Art.  Her father was the distinguished archaeologist and historian,  Michael Avi-Yonah, who provided her with the rich background in art, archeology and bible, which emanates from her works. She worked for five years after graduation making  reconstruction drawings for most of the important archaeologists of Israel, including Yigal Yadin, Nachman Avigad and Ruth Amiram.

Thousands of her prints and serigraphs on Jerusalem landscapes and biblical subjects have been sold throughout the world. Her series of oil portraits of 15 great contemporary Israeli authors was exhibited at the Jerusalem International Book Fair in 1984 and abroad. In 1987 she completed a series of paintings on the 12 Tribes for the Yad L'Mordechai synagogue in Jerusalem. Since 1970 she has been working on a series of works in oil and mixed media on canvas and wood in a new and original style of anaglyfic art. Her themes are inspired by Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah and include the Angels of the Divine Chariot , the Four Supernal Worlds , the New City and Hologramic Energies. Her works were on display in the Jewish Museum in London, as well as galleries in Israel and abroad.
Until her demise on October 24th, 2012, she lived in Jerusalem with her husband, the artist, Dov Lederberg.

SELECTED SOLO AND DUO EXHIBITIONS
    Rina Gallery, Jerusalem, 1966
    "Portraits of Contemporary Israeli Writers", Writers' House, Tel Aviv, 1985
    International Book Fair, Jerusalem, 1985
    Municipal Gallery, Jerusalem, 1985
    "Systematic Mysticism", Greater Washington D.C. Jewish Center, 1986
    "The Twelve Tribes": Paintings, Yad L'Mordechai synagogue, Jerusalem, 1987
    "Mediterranean Light", Heather Edelman Gallery, Soho, NYC, 1997
    "Mystical Art", Mount Eden Retreat, Washington NJ, 1997
    "The Marriage of Art and Science", Avi-Yonah Gallery, 1999
    “Art Inspired by Kabbalah and Science” Artcenet Gallery, Philadelphia, 2002
    “Kabbalah Art”, Gallery JCC-Marin, California, 2003
    “Art Inspired by Kabbalah and Science” Gallery JCC West Orange NJ, 2004
     Southampton Jewish Center, Long Island 2004
    "Kabbalah Art” Backstage Studio Gallery, Kingston NY, ‏‏2005
    “Mystical Art” Park Avenue Gallery, Toronto ON, 2005
     The Creative Edge Gallery, Roselyn Heights NY 2006
     Touro College, NYC, 2007
      J.Klyneberg Gallery, Chelsea Manhattan NY 2008
    "New Visions" The 9th Street Artist's Salon, Park Slope, Brooklyn NY 2011
    "3-D Phenomena" Great Neck Arts Center, Long Island 2011
    "3-D Art Inspired by Kabbalah Teachings", AACI Center, Jerusalem 2011


    

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (PARTIAL LIST)
    Exhibition of Prints, Maskit, Tel Aviv, 1981
   "500 Years of Art Prints", Artum Gallery, Germany, 1981
   "Jerusalem as a Symbol", Jewish Art Society, 1983
   "Jerusalem Artists Paint Their City", Artists' House, Jerusalem, 1984
   “Visionary Art", Sixth Judaica Fair, Jerusalem, 1996
     "Anaglyphic Art in the Era of the Third Temple", Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, 1996
   “The Art of the Imagination” The Gallery on Cork Street, London, England, 2002
   “On Drawing” Studio Montclair Salon, Montclair Public Library Gallery, NJ, 2005
   “Women Celebrate the Lively Arts” Makeready Press Gallery, Montclair NJ 2006
    Gallery 181, Lawrence MA , 2006   
   “Celebration of the Arts” JCC Gallery, Fairfax VA, 2006-7
    Gallery Marrache, Jerusalem, 2012
   "Havdalah", Bar Ilan University Gallery, 2013
     New Jewish Art - Jerusalem Bienalle
- Haichal Shlomo 2013



LECTURES (PARTIAL LIST):
   "Anaglyphic Painting of Jerusalem in the Era of the Third Temple", The Fifth
International Seminar on Jewish Art, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, 1996
   “On Anaglyphic Art”, Monart Museum, Ashdod, 2004
   “Artists Interpret Their Art”, Makeready Press Gallery, Montclair NJ, 2006
   “Anaglyphic Art” Gallery, Fairfax VA, 2007

COLLECTIONS (PARTIAL LIST):
   Aegis Verlag, Ulm, German
   Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem
   Donna Salama, Madrid
   Eliezer Fishman, Tel Aviv
   Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem
   Ingersoll & Bloch, Washington, DC
   State Historical Society of Madison, Wisconsin
   The Jewish Museum, London, England
   Yad V'shem Institute, Jerusalem
   David Justin, Great Neck, NY
   Ronald E. M. Goodman, Washington DC
   Judge Jeremy Orbach, Chicago
   Judge Dalia Dorner, Supreme Court Israel
   Prof Michael Aizenman, Princeton, NJ
   Prof Pramed Srivastana, Hartford, Conn

SELECTED COMMISSIONS:
   Illustrations on Bible Topics, Fluent Biblical & Modern Hebrew, 1979
   "The Twelve Tribes": Paintings, Yad L'Mordechai synagogue, Jerusalem, 1987
   13 Illustrations on Jerusalem for Calendar, Scotiabank, Toronto CA, 2007-8
    
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
   Who's Who in Israel  1985-2002
   Monitin, April 1985, “Speaking Faces” 4 page article by Stella Corin-Liber
   Maariv Weekend Literary Supplement, April 1985, “Portraits in Oils”, 4 page article by Michal Kapra
   Hadassah Magazine, February 1986, “Yael Avi-Yonah: Literary Landscaper”,  Cover pix and 4 page article by Gloria Goldreich
   Jewish Week, Washington DC, November 1986, “Avi-Yonah Captures Israeli Writers on Canvas”, article by Nancy Edelman   
   Yideot Achronot, July 1987, “Who will buy an Angel”, 2 page article by Avishai Tzumber
   Jerusalem Post, In Jerusalem, October 9, 1987, “She decorated the synagogue”, article by Carol Ungar
   Hatzope Literary Supplement, May 1997, “Yael Avi-Yonah and the Anaglypic Angels”    2 page article by Yaffa Goldstein
   Etrog, October 2000, “They are creating Jewish Meditation”” 4 page article by Livna Mooshon
   Israel21C (ezine) April 2003, “Selling Peace of Mind” 
   The Jewish State (New Jersey) May 20, 2005, “Kabbalah:The real thing in artwork”, 2 page article by Debra Rubin
   Mishpacha, May 2005, “Maaseh Aman” 4 page article by T. Brosh
   NY Times 2011:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/nyregion/0320spotli.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=3-d&st=cse
   The Jewish Press : http://www.art.net/TheGallery/Vision/JewishPress01.html

 
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
   Israel Association of Artists and Sculptors
   Chairman Israel branch of K.A.O. (Kinetic Art Organization)
   Studio Montclair Artists, USA