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Born in Israel in 1951, to French-speaking parents, Isaac Maimon exhibited an early artistic ability that was enthusiastically supported by his family. After serving his time in the military, Maimon attended the Avni Institute of Fine Art in Tel Aviv, the most prestigious academy for the arts in Israel. This is where his initial interest in the Paris school was cultivated In 1980, Maimon began teaching at the School of Visual Arts in Beer-Sheba and later that year the Kaye Art Academy. In the late 80’s he was a professor at the Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheba.
During this time Maimon began an association that enabled him to build and manage coffeehouses. He became a restaurateur and pub owner. Always the artist, he was often found sitting at a back table sketching the care patrons. He thought that he could discern what people were saying or feeling from their expressions and postures. He would sketch from life in the car and go back to the studio to put color to the ideas on canvas. His earlier interest in the Paris School was again cultivated and nurtured.
“I have always been attracted to the atmosphere of coffee houses. I try to recreate this in my paintings.” – Isaac Maimon