Yair Barbuz was born in Givatayim. In the 1960s, after serving in the Israel Defense Forces, he studied painting at the Avni Institute and took private lessons with Israeli artist Raffi Lavie. He was active in the +Ten group. In 1974-1986, he created video art using techniques similar to collage, and wrote texts in the same style. In 1983-2004, he was one of the authors of a newspaper column, Davar Akher. In 1993, he hosted a satiric television show, "Ein im me ledaber" (No one to talk to), and wrote scripts for a current events program, Tik Tikshoret.
Garbuz's early work, in the 1960s, combined photographic collage and scribbles to create expressive figurative portraits and grotesque nudes.
From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, he made ironic use of characters from Zionist propaganda and incorporated texts in his compositions. Later, he returned to more traditional painting and created collages referencing the history of Israeli art.
1962-1967 Avni Institute, Tel Aviv With Raffi Lavie, Moshe Propes and Yehiel Krize
Together with his work in painting he worked in two other areas.
Cinematography where he made films that were shown with films by other painters to the public. For example, the films ‘'Lists” and “12.5.75". In addition he published two stencils of "Story Art” His work con¬tinues to be linking of texts and pictures to create a visual story combined with painting. At present he is an art teacher at the Seminary for Art Teachers Hertzliya.
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem
Since 1997 Director of Art Teachers' Training College, Kalmania
Awards and Prizes
1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990 America-Israel Cultural Foundation
1982 Biennale Prize, Museum of Modern Art, Haifa
1990 Minister of Education Prize for a Young Artist
1991 Gerard Levy Prize for Photography, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1991 Kodak Prize, Israel Photographic Biennale.