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Haim Sherrf is a world renowned artist that has affected many people in many places. Those that know him know that his mission is to bring light to everyone he meets. His art has been featured all around the world and continues to be a tool to truly change people's lives for the better. The competitions that he won and positions that he's filled are merely a side effect of his deep rooted drive to change the world for the better. To bring G-dliness in this world is his ultimate goal.
Haim was born in Be'er Sheba, Israel. At an early age, he won a children's art competition sponsored by the French magazine Paris Match. Later, as a teenager, his artwork was exhibited in art galleries throughout the world.
After serving 3 and a half years in the Israeli army intelligence and air force unit, Haim began travelling through Europe. In Greece, he met the Israeli artist Avigdor Stimatsky, one of the founders of the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem, and each produced water colors from the Island of Crete as a result of this trip. Haim's travels also took him to Vienna where he designed stages for cabaret shows and to Amsterdam and other European cities. In Spain, he managed to visit a reclusive Salvador Dali at his hideaway. Leaning on his gold topped cane, mustache flying in opposite directions, the master advised, "live by your art... the struggle will bring the best out of you."
Haim has contributed much time and effort to humanitarian causes. His paintings have been auctioned to raise funds to fight poverty and hunger in Bangladesh. His painting "Tamal Alam" illustrating the suffering of the Tamalines of Sri Lanka which was presented to the U.N. and sold to raise money to help their cause. Among other current humanitarian activities he was Vice-President of the Raoul Wallenberg Society of Canada.
In addition to his paintings being displayed in galleries from Boca Raton, Florida to Dortmond , Germany, Haim's work has appeared on covers of record albums and books and in magazines. An older project, a black and white oil on canvas series, deals with the pre-WWII years. His paintings depicted the suffering, poverty and faith of European Jewry. Noting many similarities with the movie Schindler's List, the exhibition of this series was covered extensively by Canadian media.
Haim lives in Montreal with his wife Yael, seven sons and a daughter who contribute much to the inspiration of his art. Haim is the chaplain for jails in Quebec and was a rabbi at "Jewish Hope" a hospital for the seniors in Montreal. He was the Artistic Director of ArtExpo Montreal among other projects. His work today is influenced by the Hasidic teachings; In his own words: "Hassidut teaches us that a man is an intermediary between G-dliness and this world. Therefore, he has to use his natural-given talents to connect the two."