Ariel Lavian

Ariel Lavian—born in 1983, Israel—graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in 2012 (BFA, Fashion and Jewelry Department), followed by a master’s degree in conceptual design, in 2016, also at Bezalel.

Since 2017, he has been a lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Lavian has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world. His designs have been acquired internationally, both by private collectors as well as by selected museums, including the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, US; and the Design Museum, Holon, Israel. Since 2018, Lavian has been the AJF Ambassador for Israel. In 2019, he received the Design Award from the Ministry of Culture, Israel. In 2020, Lavian won second place in Venice’s Design Week in the jewelry selection and the galleries award, and he was nominated for both the prestigious Friedrich Becker Prize and KOGEI Award. In 2021, Lavian won the Milano Jewelry Week award at RJW. In 2022, he founded the Biennale of Contemporary Jewelry – Israel.

Check out Ariel Lavian’s Maker PDF in AJF’s Library. It’s a convenient one-page fact sheet.

Read the artist’s statement

Artist’s statement: The contemporary field of jewelry, which is based on the classic field, accords the artisan extensive freedom with regard to the techniques and materials he uses. In addition to the historical baggage that the jewel carries, the contemporary jewel is designed, among other things, to defy and raise questions about accepted status and beauty markers as well as a way to express a message, an idea, or even a protest, thereby expanding the craft into an art form. For me, the field of contemporary jewelry allows me to touch on issues that concern me in the course of my life, both emotionally and mentally, things that I am interested in referring to or responding to. I create with the materials that are around me, which are available to me and stimulate my thoughts. That being said, slowly over the recent years my heart and hands have fallen in love with copper and its ability to receive and respond. I work mainly with techniques that employ hammers: fold forming and raising. On the face of it, the two techniques look very similar. However, when you dive deep, each technique has its own uniqueness (and its own hammers). In addition, for the past eight years, I have specialized in various techniques for creating patinas on metal, as you see quite a bit in my works.

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