Nicky Imber
Nicky Imber was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1920. During the 30's, he was an accomplished Vaudeville dancer. He studied at the Academy of Arts in Vienna and was well-known for the many caricatures of Nazis that he drew for the Jewish student publications. In 1930, his attempts to leave Vienna for China (the only country then willing to accept Jews) were continually foiled by Eichmann. However, Nicky's mother was able to escape to Shanghai. In 1940, at the 'Anschluss', he was sent to Dachau. After escaping from Dachau, Nicky was a key figure in the 'Patria' incident, after which he was sent to and imprisoned on Mauritius. He subsequently escaped, helping six members of 'Menachem Begin's Etzel' underground organization, including Meridar, who later became a Minister of the Israeli Parliament. In 1943, Nicky joined the British Army serving as a war artist and a dental assistant in East Africa. He proceeded to work for the British Intelligence. Following the war, he opened an art school in Nairobi, Kenya. During this time he worked as a photographer and as a safari guide. From 1949 to 1954, Nicky traveled and exhibited extensively in the United States, although he resided in Venezuela. There he was contracted to do an East African Diorama series of which the National Museum added an entire wing to display it. In 1959, The State of Israel invited Nicky to create sculptures and dioramas for the Haifa Prehistoric Museum at Gan Ha-Em. In 1960 he returned to Venezuela to do the Phelps series of Dioramas for the Museum in Caracas, and became a well-known television personality. By this time Nicky's repute thrived By this time Nicky's repute thrived and soon to be one of the foremost experts in Anthropology, specializing in the building of Habitat groups in Museums of natural history worldwide. He was no stranger to Israel, since he had already been here many times, having done several exhibitions including the Exhibition of Agriculture at Beit-Dagan in 1951. After traveling extensively around Europe and establishing an international name for himself, he returned to New York. In New-York he became famous for his outstanding, realistic and emotional oil paintings when he did portraits of such famous personalities as: Aga Khan, Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Sir Richard Burton and Simon Bolivar. In 1972, he was widely acclaimed for his work in Italy, culminating in an exhibition at the Academy of Sculpture in Torino. In 1973 and 1974, his work for the Dade County Museum of Science in Miami, Florida, entitled "The History of the Seminole Indians", received extensive praises. Returning to Venezuela in 1976 , Nicky created and constructed in cement the huge sculptures of Prehistoric animals forming the world's largest historical animal park. During this period he also did exceptional, purely realistic sculptures of Venezuela's most famous figures for the National Hall of Fame. In 1978 Nicky was finally able to fulfill his long-time dream to perpetuate the Holocaust, and through 1981 he designed and built a memorial park in the entrance to the Carmiel town in the Galilee, entitled 'From Holocaust to Resurrection'. Nicky also donated children's animal theme playgrounds to be found throughout the city of Carmiel. Nicky's inspiration contributed to this town, and if not for him it might have never become as important city in Galilee as it is today. In the 1980's, Nicky (who is a grand-nephew of Naphtali Hertz Imber, author of the Israeli national anthem 'Hatikva' - 'The Hope') established residence in Israel. He has deep roots and strong ties with his people and to his Jewish homeland. Israel inspired him a desire to create highly emotional, life like collections. Israel is the only country in which he never created unique sculptures for individual collectors. Every sculpture is an original piece; none are shrunk or enlarged and each is cast in bronze in a very limited edition. Nicky himself finished the final patina on every signed and numbered piece so no two are exactly alike. He insisted on knowing who owns every piece and has no plans for ever doing any others. Over hundreds of other sculptors, Nicky Imber was chosen by the Vatican in 1988 to do a restoration work on a 3,000 year old sculpture of a Greek Goddes sculpture, and make replicates of the sculpture. Later on, he was selected to restore the famous Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture, after it was vandalized in 1992. He created busts of famous historical figures for Halls of Fame, Museums and Parliaments in plentiful countries and was commissioned to do art works for the Vatican in Rome several times. Nicky Imber passed away in 1996, in Vienna, Austria, after devoting his life to the world of art and his repute stands for all of his outstanding creations around the world.
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