Yaacov Agam is one of the pioneers of kinetic art and is among its most prominent exponents. He was born in Rishon Le Zion in 1928, the son of a rabbi.
He studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, in Zurich and at a studio for abstract art in Paris. His work was first shown in 1953 at the Craven Gallery in Paris, in an exhibition which was a foundation stone in the development of kinetic art.
In 1955 he participated in the "Movement" exhibition at the Denise Rene Gallery in Paris, which was the first group show of this kind of art.
In 1963 Agam won the main prize at the Sao Paulo Biennale for "artistic research", after which he gained international fame.
Yaacov Agam's work is displayed in the most important museums and galleries throughout the world. In 1972-73, retrospective comprehensive exhibitions of his work in the various areas of his creativity were held at the Musee de l'Art Moderne in Paris, at the Municipal Museum in Amsterdam, in Dusseldorf, and at the Tel-Aviv Museum.
Further more, public authorities all over the world have commissioned his works for squares and public cultural institutions. In 1972, Georges Pompidou, the President of France at that time, commissioned Agam to design a room in the Elysee Palace.
He also designed the "Jacob's Ladder" in "Binyanei Haumah" in Jerusalem, and contributed a work to the President's Mansion there aswell. In 1975 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree by Tel Aviv University.