Shoshana Brombacher

September 3, 2012
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“Yonah Series”
Oil Pastel and Watercolor

Shoshannah Brombacher (Amsterdam, Holland 1959) studied Semitic Languages, Ancient Middle Eastern Culture and Codicology at the University of Leyden (Holland) and specialized in medieval Sephardic Hebrew poetry, culminating in a Ph.D. thesis about the Portuguese (Marano) Jewish Community in 17th century Amsterdam. She was involved in codicological projects with manuscripts, tombstones and books in Amsterdam, Jerusalem and Germany and lectured at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Though she attended art classes in Leyden and at the Free Art Academy of The Hague in Holland she considers herself mainly self-taught. She sees her academic background and her extensive traveling as an invaluable tool for her paintings, which delve deeply into Jewish lore and legends. After her marriage she moved to New York (Brooklyn) and devotes all her time to her art and to her husband and two children. She is an author, lecturer and a maggidah (certified Jewish preacher, story teller and spiritual guide) and combines this with her art. Her main interest is Chassidism.

Brombacher’s favorite medium is oil, pastel, crayons and/or ink. She makes very small miniatures as well as large wall panels. Many drawings are calligraphic: text, letters and colors play an important role.

Brombacher’s subjects are mainly Jewish (Chassidic) life and stories, classical music, and travel impressions. She illustrates books, designs book covers (e.g.,  Yitzhak Buxbaums’s The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov), and collects, writes and illustrates Chassidic stories. Brombacher participates in several blogs and websites (Breslov,, and takes commissions.

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