Self Portrait, Pastel on paper
Felice Pazner Malkin was born in Philadelphia, USA, and emigrated to Israel in 1949. Her first studio was in Jerusalem’s Bet Hakerem neighborhood, where she painted and illustrated books. In 1950 she married Yaakov Malkin. They spent a year in Paris where Felice studied at the Sorbonne and painted at a studio in Bellevue. Her son Irad was born in 1951 in the USA.
In 1953, Felice had her first one-woman show in Tel Aviv. She subsequently exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum, and produced Israel’s first artist-designed theater posters for the Habima, Cameri, and Matateh theater companies.
From 1956 to 1957, Felice was again in Paris studying theatrical art and design with Jean-Marie Serreau, as well as continuing her studio work. The following year, the family moved to Haifa where they would reside until 1971, and where her daughter Sivan was born. There were several additional one-woman shows during
these years as well as contributions to group shows. Her album of drawings inspired by the Song of Songs was published in the book Jonah Jones and the Song of Songs (Haifa, 1966).
Felice was a founder-member of the Bet Rothschild and Bet Hagefen Culture and Community Centers in Haifa. She established, and directed, the Bet Rothschild Art School. In 1971 she moved to Jerusalem where she founded the Jewish-Arab Arts Center for Hebrew University’s Buber Institute and remained its director until 1975.
Felice’s work has been shown in London, New York, Philadelphia, and as part of the James Michener Collection, in Austin, Texas. A series of her drawings on the theme of ’Art as Love’ was published in three albums by Massada Press, and accompanied Yaakov Malkin’s text in the book Art as Love (Massada, 1975). Felice and Yaakov co-edited the Massada Lexicon of the Arts (1975). Felice’s extensive series of paintings ’Jerusalem People’ (1975-81) was exhibited in part at the American Cultural Center in Jerusalem, and published by the Bialik Institute. She contributed a series of drawings, ’Paris Vistas’, to Yaakov Malkin’s Vankaban (A cinematic novel) (1993).
Felice conceived, researched, and designed the documentary exhibition ’Jewish Figurative Art: The First 3000 Years’ which went on display in 1996 at the Center for Secular Humanist Judaism in Detroit, Michigan.
Today, as in the past, Felice Pazner Malkin devotes most of her time to painting in her Jerusalem studio.