Meet The Real Akiva Shtisel: Interview With Alex Tubis, The Real Artist Behind Shtisel’s Paintings


JERUSALEM (VINnews) — On Monday, Alan and Baila from the VINnews Podcast ‘The Definitive Rap’ sat down for an Exclusive Iinterview with Alex Tubis, the real artist behind some of the most dramatic paintings in the Netflix hit series, Shtisel.

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During the interview, Alex related how he was selected to “audition” for the behind the scenes role, and the surprise when they selected him for the series.

During the interview, one can see commonalities between Alex and the Akiva character played by Michael Aloni.

He explained the deeper meaning behind the “fire” in the portrait of Racheli in Season 3, and that he sought the counsel of his teacher who suggested he brighten the flames in the background.

Alex Tubis is the real painter behind Akiva Shtisel’s “Boy with a goldfish,” portraits of Libbi, Racheli and some other works from the show.

Born in Moscow, he came to Israel with his family at the age of 12. Being mainly inspired by the great film directors Andrei Tarkovsky and Kziztof Kishlovsky in his high school years, Tubis decided to be a painter after seeing the works from Diego Velasquez and Paolo Veronese. In the works of those great masters he could see the same things he is trying to perceive in his own art – unsurpassed level of truth, intimacy, sculpted light which provides divine beauty mixed with sadness of being.

Alex’s paintings subjects vary from people who are closest to him to unremarkable from the first sight Israeli landscapes that he sees around him. People react to his painting as “capturing time” and “eternal polaroid”. Tubis is a lecturer for drawing and painting at the Bezalel academy in Jerusalem.

Alan Skorski has been a political activist for almost 40 years. He authored 2 books; Pants on Fire: How Al Franken Lies, Smears, and Deceives and Israel Betrayed: How the Democrats, J Street, and Jewish Left Have Undermined Israel. He has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, Newsmax, and C-Span.

Baila Sebrow is a journalist, inspirational international speaker, and 5TJT columnist who also hosted numerous radio and Cable TV shows, including Insight/Israel. She is the Founder and President of Neshoma Advocates, Inc., servicing children and families at-risk. Baila is also an acclaimed matchmaker and relationship coach, and president of Baila Sebrow Events, LLC. She has been been featured in various publications, including The New York Times.

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