Born in 1929 in Romania, Avigdor Arikha survived the Second World War and came to Israel at the age of 15. In 1946 he began his studies at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. A few years later he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and moved to Paris.
In his early years, Arikha was an abstract painter, but during the early 1960's he underwent a grave artistic crisis, sensing that he could go no further with abstraction. He then began painting from nature, initially in black-and-white, later moving on to colour. The motifs he depicted were presented on the canvas life-sized, as they appeared to him. Arikha painted without resort to sketches, generally laying the motifs down on canvas and completing the painting in a single session. His paintings convey a melancholy feeling, depicting the world of everyday things.
Later he took to painting nudes. Initially he produced nudes of himself and his wife; subsequently, of a model. The nudes express his affinity with classical painting, in particular the work of Ingres, Degas and Poussin.
Avigdor Arikha's works were exhibited in 2002 in Golconda Fine Art .