Ygael Tumarkin's work, in essence, always contains his impulsive reaction to some of the basic problems of man in our time. Tumarkin's work is fed by the experiences of war, which put their stamp on his life since his childhood. Ruin and destruction are constant elements in his diversified output - drawing, painting and sculpture.
Ygael Tumarkin was born in 1933. He studied sculpture with Rudolf Lehmann. From 1955 to 1961 he worked closely with Berthold Brecht. He designed many sage settings in Germany, Holland and Israel. During 1961-63 he had one-man shows at the "Bezalel" Museum in Jerusalem, in New York, Paris, and in various places in Germany. He also participated in many group shows around the world. He represented Israel at the Venice Biennale in 1964 and in Sao Paulo in 1967. He also participated in the "Homage to Albrecht Durer" exhibition in Nurenberg in 1971.
His works have been acquired by important collectors, institutions and museums, such as the Israel Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, the Art Institue, Chicago, the National Gallery for Modern Art in Rome, and others.
Monuments which he designed have been erected all over Israel, with "Holocaust and Revival", situated in the Municipal Square, Tel Aviv arousing widespread interest. He is a recipient of the Sandberg Prize.