Born in Vilna in 1933, Samuel Bak had the first exhibition of his drawings at the age of nine in the Vilna ghetto. Having survived its destruction, he emigrated in 1948 to Israel. He studied at the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Subsequently he lived and worked in Rome, Tel Aviv, New York, and Lausanne. In an artistic career of over fifty years he has had numerous exhibitions in major museums, galleries, and universities throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States. Since 1993 he has resided with his wife, Josée, in the Boston area. Mr. Bak has been the subject of numerous articles, scholarly works, and fifteen books, most notable a monograph entitled Between Worlds. In 2001 he published his touching memoir, Painted in Words, which has been translated into several languages. He has also been the subject of two documentary films (one of them, Samuel Bak: The Art of Speaking About the Unspeakable, is viewable, below) and was the recipient of the 2002 German Herkomer Cultural Prize.