Ivan Schwebel, (1932-2011) was born in West Virginia in the United States. He began creating his paintings during his service in the U.S. Army. He received his training in Kyoto, from the Zen artist Kimura Kiwan, and later in the Department of Art History at New York University. His powerful paintings, which have showcased in solo exhibitions in museums and galleries, move back and forth between realism and abstract, while demonstrating great sensitivity and utilizing his excellent drawing abilities.
Schwebel immigrated to Israel in 1963. His works include paintings of streets scenes in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and New York, as well as figures from the Bible and the Jewish tradition. Schwebel is widely known for his series of monumental paintings on the walls of the Tel Aviv Hall of Culture.