Yaacov Agam is one of the pioneers of kinetic art and among its most prominent exponents. He was born in Rishon Le Zion in 1928, the son of a rabbi. He studied at "Bezalel" 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 the kinetic art. In 1955 he participated in the "Movement" exhibition at the Denise Rene Gallery in Paris, in the first group show of this kind of art. In 1963 he 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.
Yaacov Agam's works have been acquired not only by museums and private collectors. Public authorities all over the world have thought it desirable to give place to his works in the decoration and design of squares, public, cultural and scientific institutions. In 1972, Georges Pompidou, the President of France at that time, commissioned him 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. In 1975 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree by Tel Aviv University.