The sculptor Shimon Drory

I was born in 1935 in the old city of Jerusalem. In the Independent war I participated the youth-brigade of the "HAGANA", in the blockaded city. 

I was recruited to the I.D.F. and served with the Marines, upon the "Miznak" destroyer. In Sinai war I was recruited again and finished my army service as A.B.C. officer. Being released from the army i worked as a senior sailor with the commercial fleet. The first few steps in my art was  while forming the "Gate of images" in my home and teaching Art.

in 1972 i earned my BA in Art & Education and MA degree in  Educational administration & supervision in Haifa University. I was qualified as community worker of the social school in Jerusalem University and appointed as a consul in Haifa University. As a graduate of teachers seminar "Oranim" was teaching art sculpturing & painting. My art mentors were sculptors Michael Gross , Daniel Kafri  and of the painters: Sima Slonim, and Arie Navon of Ein-Hod.

In 1985 i worked in sculpture workshops, in Carrera, Italy, specializing  in several kinds of marbles in  "CENTRO STUDIO DEL MARMO CARRERA". I also was  taught arts in the Particular Education Schools. I studied wood & metal sculpturing in Ramat Hadassah & Oranim. In the last few years I was helping in Tiberius to rehabilitate families who lost their sons in the army. I was active in "Hanoar Vehachlutz" movement, went to the U.S. to reinforce the relations with the Jewish community and the Zionist Youth in the U.S. I worked in summer camps in "Rama" N.Y. were I was the head dept of sculpturing and the art of wood caring. In Qiryat . Tivon I  was a member of the local Authority and a member of the social welfare committee. For 15 years i volunteered with Road Police the "Hytam" in Q. Tivon & Tiberius. Today, while retired i'm sculpturing in materials such as - Marble-Carrera, Basalt-stone, Metal, Wood, Ceramic & Glass in my studio in Yavne'el.


  The human image

The main theme in my artwork is the human image. Part of the figures are abstract, made of Carrara marble and Marmara marble. Those material are my favorite  as i learned to like them while working in workshops in Carrara, Italy. Another part is formed of metal, clay & concrete. In my work i strive to express the woman's beauty, tenderness & gentleness, much more than the man's strength.  While visiting Florence, Venice, Athena, Paris, Luxembourg, i realized that placing human shaped sculptures in empty spaces in nature or in the town square, enables each person there & than to have an emotional  experience.

He developed working skill with blocks of Rocks, forming a human figure that emerge  out of the stone, revealing the sculpture that was hidden wrapped inside. A rock that is holding within it variety of forms and processes as they are kept frozen out of feeling deep love to life and to the forms in nature. My belief is full with hope and the yearn for creativity has no limits.

Achieving perfection will be accomplished through hard work, caused by the constant need to know and understand all the possibilities and limits of the material and the plasticity laws. As a sculptor i situated always with the dilemma between the expressive form and the plastic form. Supreme solution comes into reality in the human body. The Ancient Greek nature influenced me, and so i studied soon the limits of the material and the plasticity laws in order to reach perfection in forming the human figure. Knowing all the possibilities which are hidden in nude and having the right concept of the human body and forming them in nature is the a real ambition to reach an equality of the human image in the abstract & naturalistic sculpturing. Interpretation of feeling, i marks the image lines of the human body with a wave of rhythmic movement of arching & concurs that express the position that created them.

During the blockade period of the old city of Jerusalem, i obtained from my father the spiritual & material values while i was dealing with metals, precious stones and creative craft. There began my  acquaintance of metal of all kinds helping him in his studies & work with the sculptor Michael Gross who is very appreciated  as a powerful great artist. Together we form an environmental sculpture in Oranim college. Another talented sculptor that immensely influenced me was Dan Cafri. I was impressed by the gold and copper ornaments with the huge fresco paintings that were on the high dome ceiling of the synagogue "Rabi Yehuda Hachasid" where my father used to pray and of which the beauty and height overlooked all the churches and mosques of Jerusalem.               


Memorial monuments, statues and environmental sculpturing :

                   Inaugurated under auspices of:


                   President of the state of Israel.

                   Mr. Teddy Kollek, former Mayor of Jerusalem.

                   Mr. Peretz, Mayor of Tiberius.                             

                   Mr. Chaim Tzipori, General Manager of the Comm. Centers-Company

                   Mr. Shmuel Abuav, Head of Local authorities K. Tivon

                   Mr. Amichay Ben-Dror, Head of Local authorities K. Tivon

                   Mr. Avi Kostitzky, Head of Local authorities Yavne'el

                   Mr. Dani Edelman, Head of "RAMA" camps New-York, U.S.A.


1983 Memorial statue- for the Fallen in Israel-Battles, Community Center, Pomerantz, Jerusalem

1963 Metal Wall- "WIZO" Local Authority building, K. Tivon

1969 Environmental sculpturing- 7 Metal sculptures, the sculptor  present for "Kfar-Tikva", Zaid Hill

1970 Environmental sculpture- "Oranim" college, K. Tivon

1983 Monument- in memory of Chaim Tzipori General Manager of Community Center, K. Tivon

1983 Monument- in memorial of the Fallen of "Urim" School, K. Tivon.

1983 Statue- in memory of "Holocaust & Heroism" in "Iris" Center, K. Tivon

1984 Monument- for memorial day's in "Mechora" Hostel, K. Chasidim.

1984 Monument- Secretariat in State-School, Arad

1984 Statue- in memory of the Fallen teachers of technical school "Neve David", Haifa

1993 Community sculpture- "Labour & creativity" in Labourers councel, Tiberias.

1999 Environmental sculpture- "Hashalom" menora placed upon "yama", Hill Sides Yavne'el.

1999 Community sculpturing- 6 sculpturs on Mishmar Hashlosha st., Yavne'el.

2000 Monument- in memory of Emanuel Kramer B.M. "Horse & his plough", Yavne'el.

2001 Environmental sculpture- Gas Station, Laibovitz House, Mismar Hashlosha, Yavne'el.

2001 Wall sculpturing- "The seven kinds". Front wall of Kindergarden, Yavne'el.



1967 "Narkis" center                           

1968 Hamelin House, Hapoel             

1970 Lesin House,

1970 HaHistadrut House,            

1970 "Rama" camp. N.Y.            

1975 Comm. Center Hadagnyot    

1980 University                         

1980 Bismut House                       

1980 Comm. Club                           

1983 Farmers House               

1984 Berkovitz        

1985 Yad labanim                        

1985 City Hall                             

1993 Technical school N. David   

1993 Laborer council                    

1993 Beytenu center                   

1994 Culture Hall                     

1995 Kaduri center                    

2003 Auditorium                        

2003 Kastra Center

2004 Maalot symposium

2005 "Chiaro e scuro"

2009 Bet Gabriel


single     Q.Tivon, Isreal        

group     Tel-Aviv, Israel  

group     Tel-Aviv, Israel   

single     Q. Tivon, Israel 

group     NewYork, USA

single     Q. Tivon , Israel 

single     Haifa, Israel

single     Q. Tivon, Israel 

artists    Q. Tivon, Israel   

single     K. Tabor, Israel

single     Nazaret. Illit, Israel

single     K. Tivon, Israel 

artists    Jerusalem, Israel

single     Haifa, Israel

single     Tiberias, Israel

single     Yavne'el, Israel

single     Yavne'el, Israel

single     Kineret, Israel

group     Ako, Israel

group     Haifa, Israel

group     Maalot, Israel

group     Pennsylvania, USA

single     Kineret, USA