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Shacham Sculpture Studio

A Short Biography

A Short Biography


ichael Shacham was born in New York City, he grew up on Kibbutz Sdot Yam in Israel.       

          He started learning sculpture at a very early age being encouraged by his grandfather Samuel Persoff, himself a professional artist. Afterwards he studied as an apprentice to Israeli Sculptors Y. Shemi, and later with I. Danziger.  He then studied at the Art Students League of New York for almost 5 years, and took some art history courses at the New School. 

          Returning to Israel at the end of 1966, He built the first successful art bronze foundry in Israel. It is still operating today under the name of AP. Casting. In 1974 he returned to working as a sculptor full time. Michael served as a reservist in the Israeli army during the 6 day war of 1967, the war of attrition of 1969-1970 and the Yom Kippur war if 1973. 

          Michael Shacham had his first one man show in 1967 at a Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has since had many exhibitions of his work in Israel, Europe and in the USA, resulting in a large number of sculptures in private and public collections both here and overseas. Mr. Shacham has also won several public commissions including “The Dolphins”, At Metroplex I and the Long Beach Island library, Birds in Flight at Metroplex II, The Memorial for the Unknown solider in Israel, and the “Holocaust Torah” relief. Which was commissioned by Temple B’nai Or in Morristown NJ and was unveiled on March 31 2000.

          Mr. Shacham is teaching sculpture at the present time at the Morris County Art Association, and at the American Woodcarving School. He taught at Ramapo Collage in the spring of 2000, and privately.   While most of his work is pure sculpture, he has done some Judaic work such Menorahs, and sculpted Jewelry. 

 Mike working on the casting of Adam & Eve
 Mike opening the plaster casting of "Adam & Eve.

Classes taught by Michael Shacham

At the Morris County Art Association;

10 Catherine Lane Morristown NJ

Working from the model in plasticine, Teaching sculpture anatomy & composition. All levels are welcome instruction is on an individual bases. Class meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 
In the warm months we have stone carving outdoors at the MCAA. on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

At the American Woodcarving School in Wayne NJ.

Woodcarving and sculpture on Monday afternoon from 1:00PM to 4:00PM,

Stone carving on Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM year round



Current events;  An Artist and a soldier

My personal experience as a soldier and an artist in the wars of 1967 and 1973 in Israel

I have a one man show of drawings and sculpture  dealing with war  in Israel from 1967 to 1973 from the viewpoint of a soldier and citizen of Israel at that time. The show is at the

 Linda Grandis Blatt art gallery in Temple B'nai Or 

60 Overlook Rd. Morristown NJ.

.Opening reception was on Sunday Jan. 29th 2012 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM . The show will be open to April 8th 2012 

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 

Sundays: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
This exhibition was successful It came down as planned on April 9th.

New project:
Carving an Angel from a huge American White wood, also called a yellow poplar tree trunk 8' high by 6' Diameter
 I started work on July 1 2012 I am now  working only with chain saws and blocking out the sculpture. As I move on I expect to be using my pneumatic hammer to rough out the figure and then finish the fine details carving by hand.
 Starting work July1st 2012 I am dwarfed  by the the trunk


  First cut , July 8 2012 
 Frontal view on Aug. 7 2012, Just blocking it out the Angel will face in this direction
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