Joseph Zaritsky was born in 1891 in Ukraine where he studied at the Academy of Art. In 1923 he moved to Israel where he settled in Jerusalem.
Zaritsky, together with sculptor Avraham Melinkov were the first to initiate an Israeli Artists Exhibition at the Tower of David in Jerusalem in 1923.
This was the first exhibition of its kind at the Tower of David that continued annually up to the year 1928.
Zaritsky then moved to Tel-Aviv and was one of the founders of the New Horizons group (Ofakim Hadashim). In 1955, Zaritsky presented his one-man exhibition and recieved an Israeli Arts Award for his work.
During the same period (1954 - 1956) he spent time in Paris and in Amsterdam, where he was exhibited at the Stadlik Museum.
He then returned to Israel before the 7th edition of the New Horizons group exhibition, where he displayed his works of abstract art on large cloths.
Awards and Honors:
1942 Dizengoff Prize for painting
1959 Israel Prize, for painting.
1967 Sandberg Prize for Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
In 2005, he was voted the 196th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis.