Dan Reisinger is a multifaceted artist whose oeuvre includes posters, symbols, calendars, supergraphics, calligraphics, collages, paintings and color installations. His innovative work is characterized by its rich multicultural connotations, vibrant colors and minimalist treatment of form and content.
Born 1934 in Serbia, Reisinger is the fourth generation in a family of master craftsmen who painted and decorated buildings throughout the Balkans. His father and most of the Reisinger family perished in the Holocaust. In 1949, he and his mother emigrated to Israel.
Reisinger studied painting, sculpture and poster design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and three-dimensional and stage design at Central School of Art and Design (today the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design), in London. International recognition came early in his career when he won first prize for an official poster for Expo '58, Brussels. He has since received many national and international awards, most notably the Israel Prize (1998) for “imprinting his mark on the visual language of Israel.”
Reisinger’s paintings are on permanent display at Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv, and in private collections. His murals can be seen at Chaim Sheba Rehabilitation Center at Tel Hashomer and Bar-Ilan University, and his color environments in Carmelit metro stations in Haifa and at Tambour paint factory in Acre. Three-dimensional works are found at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, and at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot. He has created posters for Israel festivals, the Maccabiah Games and the British Post Office, as well as protest posters addressing political and humanitarian issues. He designed interactive calendars for Iscar Co and The Museum of Modern Art. A selection of his supergraphic works is now in the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou. His work also includes logos and corporate identities for El Al Airlines, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Habima National Theatre of Israel. He also designed Israeli army medals for courage, valor, and excellence.
Reisinger was the first Israeli designer to be given a one-man show at Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and at Tel Aviv Museum of Art (1976–1977). He has also had solo exhibitions in major museums and institutions in New York, Beijing, Taipei, Budapest, Belgrade, Warsaw and other cities.
Books on his oeuvre have been published in China and Russia. He is also included in the Icograda Hall of Fame publication Masters of the 20th Century. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Art & Design and the Brno Biennale Committee, an honorary professor at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, and an honorary fellow of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Tel Aviv.
Reisinger lives in Tel Aviv, dividing his time between painting and designing. He participates as lecturer and jury member in international forums and consults on all aspects of visual communication. He and his wife, Annabelle, have three sons and five grandchildren.