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Benjamin Kletzel was born in 1932 in Pervomaisk, Odessa region. In 1941, at the beginning of the war, the family evacuated to Tashkent, where in 1943-1945 Kletzel studied at the art Studio with a wonderful artist A. N. Volkov (master "Pomegranate tea house"). In 1950, he entered the Tashkent art College. After serving in the army (1952-1955). he continued his studies and, after graduating from College in 1960, he enrolled in the Tashkent theatre and art Institute. Upon graduation, Kletzel moved to Samara (Kuibyshev), where he was engaged in teaching and actively participated in many art exhibitions. In 1976 he was accepted as a member of the Union of artists of the USSR. During the years of life in Samara was organized five personal exhibitions of the artist.

Since 1990, Benjamin Kletzel lives and works in Jerusalem. His work has been featured in many group exhibitions; solo exhibitions were organized in Jerusalem, tel Aviv, in many cities of Russia and the USA. In 2002, the Jerusalem Cultural center hosted the exhibition, dedicated to the seventieth birthday of the artist.

The work of Benjamin Cleale represented in museums, galleries and private collections in Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Israel, Russia, USA, France and South Africa.
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