Joseph Budko was amongst an influential group of graphic minded
Jewish artists who embraced the revival of the woodcut, a medium which lent
itself perfectly to express the views of Israel and Jewish culture in
Born in Poland, Budko studied
art in Germany
under the instruction of Hermann Struck and the influence of Jacob Steinhardt. Mixing
his personal attitude with Jewish outlook; melding Jewish tradition and modern
artistic approach, Budko soon developed his own
powerful style, influencing future great artists in turn—Marc Chagall being no
exception. Budko has been credited with resurrecting
the spirit of book illustration by elevating it to modern design.
to Israel, Joseph Budko became the head of the Betzalal Academy
when it re-opened in 1935. He remained in this position until his untimely
death, in 1940.