Harrison, NY USA
Initially known for his drawings for The New York Times, Podwal’s works have been exhibited and published worldwide. He is the author and illustrator of numerous books, most of which focus on Jewish tradition, history, and legend. His art is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Israel Museum, and the Jewish Museums in Berlin, Vienna, Stockholm, and New York, among many other venues
Author Cynthia Ozick has given Podwal the Hebrew name Baal Kav Emet, or “Master of the True Line.” As she explains in her essay Ink & Inkling, “[Podwal] joins metaphysics to physics: essence to presence; ideas to real objects…The Master of the True Line is also master of hidden meanings, of symbol and metaphor.”
Beyond his works on paper, Podwal’s artistry has been employed in an array of diverse projects, including the design of a series of decorative plates for the Metropolitan Museum. The French Ministry of Culture named Podwal an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. Moreover, he has received the Foundation for Jewish Culture Achievement Award and the Foreign Ministry of the Czech Republic’s Gratias Agit Award. Czech Television has produced and broadcast two documentaries on Podwal’s art.
Altneuschul Prague, Czech Republic
Czech Television documentary on Mark Podwal’s Altneuschul textiles: