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Avi Katz was born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. 

He studied at UC Berkeley until he immigrated to Israel in 1970. In 1972, he graduated in Fine Arts at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

In 1974, he was in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Engineering Corps, and served in the First Lebanese War.


Avi has illustrated over 160 books and numerous textbooks in English and Hebrew. Seven of the books won Zeev Prize, and four were IBBY-Andersen honor award winners. The JPS Children's Illustrated Bible won the National Jewish Book Award and was a Sidney Taylor Notable in 2010; The Waiting Wall was also a Taylor notable in the same year.  King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (Pitspopenny Press) created entirely in Fractal Painter, won International Storytellers Honor Award and  nominated for Ben-Yitzhak award and UNESCO Tolerance Award; My travels  with Alex (Kibbutz Hameuchad) received Zeev prize, Hans Christian  Andersen Honor Award and Yad Vashem Prize. The Tattered Prayer Book won the Moms Choice Award, the Florida Authors and Publishers Award and the Moonbeam Award. The Best Hannukah Ever has been published in Chinese.

He has been employed in illustration-animation and multimedia work and co-developed the creativity game "Taleblazer" with Wim vanLeer. His work including, but not limited to cartoon and comic strips, can be seen in most Israeli newspapers and magazines. Since 1990, he has been the illustrator of the Jerusalem Report, creating political cartoons and editorial illustrations, and since 2007 his personal page From the Sketchbook.



View artist's personal website: www.avikatz.net/




Published Books

  God Said Amen
by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso(Author), Avi Katz (Illustrator) Jewish Lights Publishing
  Liesl's Ocean Rescue
by Barbara Krasner (Author), Avi Katz (Illustrator) Gihon River Press
  Logan Marsh: A Thrilling Fantasy Novel
by Jonathan Casif (Author), Sneer Rosenfeld (Author), Avi Katz (Illustrator)
Purchase this book HERE
  The Boy from Seville
by Dorit Orgad (Author), Avi Katz Illustrator) Kar-Ben Publishing
  The Burning Light
by Betsy Ramsay(Author), Avi Katz(Illustrator)
  The Little Peninsula
by Ruth Dran (Author), Avi Katz(Illustrator)

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