After studying film and mathematics in Tel Aviv and then a stint living in New York City, Yoni Hamburger (MFA ’13) found his way to PAFA because of an intense love of painting.
His early visits to Philadelphia and to PAFA revealed a laid-back vibe and an environment full of inspiration.
Yoni paints portraits that reflect an idiosyncratic truth about his subjects. He begins with people he has a personal connection with and tries to capture their essence through distortion, abstraction and exaggeration.
“Every person has a frequency that is unique only to them. I try to tune in to that in my portraiture.”