Yossi Waxman

Writer, Artist, Designer 

Yossi Waxman

 Writer , Artist and Designer 

Others Write About Waxman

 

Poet and playwright Tamir Greenberg on The Animal: "The mighty pain and sadness that burst out of these paintings is almost paralyzing. It is hard to call them 'beautiful.' These are harsh and disturbing works that trouble viewers long after they leave the exhibition hall. Waxman uses no filters, letting his emotions gush out and ragingly pour onto the canvas. Observing his works, one feels as if he is looking into the deepest recesses of the artists' soul, and it is not easy to face the power of what is exposed there."

 

Poet, editor, and literary critic Eli Hirsch on Liebchen: "Using his linguistic prowess, inventiveness, and keen ear for aesthetic and emotional balance, Waxman has managed to turn the twilight zone his protagonists operate in into a most meaningful, trustworthy, and even enlightened world." 

 

Dr. Yaron Peleg on Darling Alexandria: "This is perhaps the first Hebrew novel that comes close to what may be defined as the homoerotic genre. Instead of lamenting short-lived and distasteful street and backroom gay lusting love, Waxman extols the pursuit of such love, turning it into near-poetry…. On top of his humor and literary style, the book's revealing descriptions offer an anthropological dimension that is quite rare in Hebrew literature."

 

Author and literary critic Yael Israel on The Thespian: " Waxman's writing is charming, free of every rule and law. It is captivating. Despite yourself, you fall in love with these enfants terrible, his protagonists…. It is hard to stop reading this sado-masochistic monologue of perverted love and broken-hearted hate. The Thespian is mostly written with wondrous impetus."

 

Writer, poet, and editor Anat Levitt on The Thespian: "In The Thespian, as in Waxman's earlier works, the protagonists of the theater of life he created bring back Italian Fellini and Pasolini and Frenchman Jean Genet as his potential sources of inspiration. He aims his spotlights at the bizarre ends of the human continuum. Waxman's humor is dark by nature. If his earlier literary works introduced him as the potential successor of Hanoch Levin, The Thespian is a real memorial for the acerbic Israeli playwright. In his books, life is grotesque at best, or a macabre comedy."

 

Poet, playwright, and writer Nano Shabtay on Waxman's paintings: "His paintings display the unruliness of a child who simply loves applying paint to canvas, telling stories that include complicated plots, myths, and legends with good and evil, and a clear and powerfully expressed singularity. They contain archetypes that we have all known long before we even heard the word."

 

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Translation: Baruch Gefen