Born in Israel, Giora Angres emigrated to the United States in 1956 and settled in Chicago. He won a scholarship to the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago. While studying there, he was particularly influenced by the art of Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, and the French Impressionists. Upon graduating from college, Angres spent a year studying art in Europe, occupying his time painting the colorful French people and the lively cafe scenes of Paris. The art of Angres began to emerge, paintings filled with "dance, fun and color."
In 1966, Angres put aside his paintbrush and entered medical school, specializing in opthamology. Dr. Angres volunteered time each year to provide surgery for those in desperate need in Third World countries. During his travels, Angres would sketch and paint the suffering and poverty he observed. Sometimes, when painting supplies were scarce, he would resort to using tar and paint thinner as a means of expressing himself. These moving and dramatic paintings, in fact, won him international acclaim.
Today, Angres¿ studio is tucked away in a small village perched at the Pacific edge of the Costa Rica. It is here that Angres basks in the sensuality of the tropics and its endless well of inspiration. Once again his canvasses burst with brilliant hues, depicting the gathering places where "people come to mingle and be merry". Angres has mastered the joy of vivid colors and his fluid forms of women, provocative, sensual and flirtatious, beckon and invite the viewer to join in unspoken dialogue. One is never "outside an Angres painting..."