Eli Elgarat, a member of Kibbutz Nir Oz, was a wonderful painter, and an equally special person, warm and sensitive, knowledgeable, knowledgeable and loved by his acquaintances and family. I got to know him a little and unfortunately, I did not have the privilege to hold this exhibition in his lifetime, even though we have talked about it many times. He was always evasive, modest, not pushing forward, and unfortunately, I did not press him. I thought we had many more years ahead of us … Eli Elgarat, born 1951 in Tel Aviv. He spent his childhood and youth in Bat Yam and since 1972 was a member of Kibbutz Nir Oz. He studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He received his degree in general studies in the Arts and Culture Departments of Sapir Academic College. Over the years, he has dealt with various topics in his work: views from the perspective of topics related to the New Age, issues related to visual illusion, instinctive painting, Enigma, Lila, Galaxy, Flying to the Bird and the Blue series. In 2005-2006, the artist painted the series “The New Era” following the illness of his beloved wife Janine, and along with the conventional treatments, they were exposed to unconventional ways of coping with the disease. “Eli began to create a series called” The New Era, “which focused on Kabbalah in a certain way, and was an attempt to give visual expression to a world that is usually foreign to us, as well as a large series of small, “Neen with Love,” an exciting series of landscapes of the place she so loved.