"Joseph Gattegno was a man whose life purpose was clear to him from an early age to his last day – he was born to paint. To paint is to exist. Painting is the process and the act, it is the idea and mostly – it is the outcome. For him, painting was a source and a realm of skepticism and determination, observation and interpretation, thought and emotion, search and discovery, the changing, the new, and the surprising, of taking apart and constructing. He belonged to a dying breed of painters, one who considered painting to be a profession that carries with it duties and routines, and a destiny and fate that there is no point, and indeed – no need, to embellish and justify with words. For him, words and theories were nothing but crutches that one should aim to rely on as little as possible. It was a commitment of which there is no way out or a respite – painting resonated in his mind day and night."
Josef Gattegno is an exceptional artist in the history of Israeli art – a fierce colorist, whose paintings hold traces of Impressionism mixed with Pop Art and Lyrical Abstraction. To a large extent, what he created on his many canvases was pure visual music. Gattegno’s artworks are sensitive and sincere. He translated and expressed reality in his own way, combining and fusing various aesthetics that he re-shaped into a personal and distinct language. The paintings’ drawing foundation serves as the basis for a rich colorful tapestry that imbues them with dynamic vibrations, like sounds that add up to form a metaphor for the noise of the street.