Raffi Lavie

1937 - 2007
Lavie was born in 1937 in Ramat Gan and began his career in the visual art world after participating in an art class of Haim Gamzu at the former “people’s university” in Tel Aviv. In 1955 he joined the army but was released after being wounded and recognized as an IDF disabled veteran. Lavie is considered by many to be one of the most important and influential artists in Israeli art in general and Israeli painting in particular. In 1965 he began working as a teacher at HaMidrasha – Faculty of the Arts where he educated generations of young artists. His paintings are characterized by specific signs which usually reflect his emotional, rational and personal world, looking at his paintings is like deciphering symbols, an act that requires a rich reservoir of complex associations. Lavi became the most identified minimalist artist who worked with materials that were not accepted and considered inferior. In his paintings he presents a new aesthetic of unusual compositions, erasings, sheets of plywood instead of canvases and use of acrylic and industrial paints instead of oil paints. Many of his works are based on a spontaneous pencil scribble, which has become one of the most prominent features of his paintings. Over the years, Lavie would attach photographs, reproductions and various posters to his paintings, thus creating different levels of aesthetics in one work and turning the banal and the vague into art. In the 1980s, Sarah Breitberg-Semel curated one of the most important and memorable exhibitions in Israeli art - "The Want of Matter: A Quality in Israeli Art" - at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. She placed Lavie's paintings in the center of the exhibition as he was a leading figure in the Israeli art world, his paintings were a symbol to the "Want of Matter" art style which may important artists followed and had Lavie at its core. This style was characterized by the use of meager materials and a critical attitude to the social reality and to the myths of Israeli society.

Lot : 137

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1966, Oil on canvas, 24X34 cm.…

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$2,000 - 3,000

Lot : 138

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1990, Oil and pencil on board,…

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$4,000 - 6,000

Lot : 136

Raffi Lavie
King David, 1965, Oil on canvas, 61X50…

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$3,000 - 5,000

Lot : 527

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1967, Mixed media and collage on…

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$1,000 - 1,500

Lot : 528

Raffi Lavie
Geranium, 1996 Mixed media on print, 29X37…

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$300 - 500

Lot : 529

Raffi Lavie
Head, Gouache and pencil on print, 36X28…

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$500 - 700

Lot : 655

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1968, Pastel and watercolor on paper,…

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$300 - 400

Lot : 167

Raffi Lavie
Make Yourself an Image, 1995, Oil and…

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$4,000 - 6,000

Lot : 168

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1967-9, Oil on canvas, 74X61 cm.…

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$3,000 - 4,000

Lot : 351

Raffi Lavie
Punch him in his Teeth, 1967, Mixed…

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$800 - 1,200

Lot : 376

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1962, Mixed media on paper, 50X70…

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$500 - 700

Lot : 445

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1968, Oil pastel and pencil on…

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$300 - 400

Lot : 465

Raffi Lavie
Head, 1996, Gouache and pencil on print,…

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$500 - 700

Lot : 115

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1967, Oil on canvas, 65X81 cm,…

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$3,000 - 5,000

Lot : 183

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1987, Oil, collage and pencil on…

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$4,000 - 6,000

Lot : 547

Raffi Lavie
Star of David, 1967, Colored pencils on…

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$400 - 600

Lot : 579

Raffi Lavie
Figure, 1996, Mixed media on photograph, 25.5x20…

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$300 - 500

Lot : 95

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1964, Oil on canvas, 73X92 cm.…

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$4,000 - 6

Lot : 96

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1961, Oil on board, 94X92 cm.…

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$5,000 - 8,000

Lot : 147

Raffi Lavie
Ilana and Raffi Lavie, Yona Hanavi St.,…

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$6,000 - 8,000

Lot : 148

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1966, Oil on canvas, 46X55 cm.…

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$4,000 - 6,000

Lot : 374

Raffi Lavie
Claude Monet, 96, Pencil on print, 29x37…

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$300 - 500

Lot : 360

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1966, Colored pencil and pastel on…

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$500 - 800

Lot : 362

Raffi Lavie
The Boy Raffi, 1958, Watercolor on paper,…

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$800 - 1,200

Lot : 436

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1966, mixed media and collage on…

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$600 - 800

Lot : 144

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1967, Oil on canvas, 56X33 cm.…

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$3,000 - 5,000

Lot : 145

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1966, Oil on canvas, 92X60 cm.…

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$4,000 - 6,000

Lot : 146

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1976, Oil on canvas, 73X60 cm.…

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$3,000 - 5,000

Lot : 470

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1962, Pencil and oil pastel on…

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$300 - 400

Lot : 597

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1980, Gouache, pencil and mixed media…

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$800 - 1,200

Lot : 677

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1996, Gouache and colored pencils on…

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$500 - 700

Lot : 681

Raffi Lavie
Vermeer, 1996, Mixed media on print, 15X20…

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$300 - 400

Lot : 686

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1996, Pencil on print, 29X37 cm.…

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$300 - 500

Lot : 123

Raffi Lavie
Dutch Tiles, 1972, Oil and collage on…

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$2,000 - 3,000

Lot : 124

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1965, Oil and graphite on canvas,…

Estimated price

$10,000 - 15,000

Lot : 169

Raffi Lavie
Untitled, 1967, Oil on canvas, 73X73 cm.…

Estimated price

$5,000 - 7,000

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