Yaacov Agam was born in 1928 in Rishon Lezion, Israel. He studied at the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem. In 1951 he traveled to Paris and two years later, in 1953, opened at the Craven Gallery an exhibition composed of kinetic moveable and transferable paintings. That event is considered the first one man show exclusively devoted to kinetic art.
Agam’s work is related to the rejection of the traditional concepts of painting and sculpture in favor of the kinetic and op art. His paintings and three dimensional objects can be either transformed manually or else are made in such a way that the images shift and change as one walks in front of them.
Agam stresses the importance of the two dimensional quality of what in reality may have three dimensions. His creative activity includes theater and architectural projects, film making, writing and typography. All his preoccupations involve the concept of time, change and movement. Agam have had numerous exhibitions and installations worldwide, at the MoMA in New York, in St. Louise, Paris, Dusseldorf, Jerusalem and more.