Mordechai Levanon was born in Transylvania, Romania and immigrated to Israel in 1921 where he studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and additional studies of painting with Yitzhak Frenkel.
Levanon is considered one of the founding fathers of Israeli art. Like most of the artists in his time, Levanon was enchanted by Eretz Israel's illuminating light and its play of colors, which remain a remarkable sign of his oeuvre.
Some sees levanon as "the Israeli Van Gogh"; similar to Van Gogh in his time, Levanon also yearned after the sublime in his works, he was a magnificent landscape painter, who used to paint the holy cities of Jerusalem and Sfad. Levanon's paintings have a magical and mystical quality of a world created through a poetic- artistic vision.
In 1937 Levanon held his first one- man exhibition in Tel Aviv and from that year on, he took part in almost every annual collective exhibition of Israeli Artists..