Calman Shemi, sculptor and painter, was born in Argentina in 1939. A graduate of the school of Sculpture and Ceramics in Mendoza, Calman Shemi was a student of the Italian-Argentinean sculptor Libero Badii, and later of the German-Israeli sculptor Rudi Lehmann.
In 1961 Calman Shemi settled in Israel and worked as a sculptor working with wood and clay. Several of his large scale projects made of fiberglass and polyester are situated in various public buildings all over the world. Though sculpture dominated his early years as an artist, Calman Shemi developed the idea of the “soft painting” medium in 1977.
Many artists strive to challenge themselves with new artistic mediums. Calman Shemi has done so by developing two unique techniques of paintings: his “lacquer paintings” and “window paintings”. His “lacquer” and “window” paintings are reminiscent of ancient techniques used to create art in Japan and China centuries ago.During the last two decades, Shemi has held more than seventy solo shows in the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Japan and Israel. His work can be seen in many public places and private collections around the world.