Born in 1950 in Montreal, Canada, Johanan Herson was introduced to art at an early age. At eight years old he had already won a prestigious award for children’s art, and was marked as a promising talent. Herson later studied ballet, and worked extensively as an actor, performing a leading role in a television soap opera for five consecutive seasons. He has also appeared in feature films and documentaries, television dramas and theater. In 1967, he came to Israel to study at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and then continued his studies in the arts at the Concordia University in Montreal, majoring in drama. Over the past two decades Herson has worked extensively painting with “Soft Art,” a technique he mastered while working with the famous Israeli artist, Calman Shemi, a pioneer in this unusual art media. Many of Herson’s larger artworks were commissioned by various public and private institutions, such as the Tel Aviv University, the Jerusalem Journalist Hall, Bank Mizrachi (37 Branches) Savionei Hagan, Africa-Israel Corp., the Ramat Gan Theater, the Conservatory Or Yehuda, and the Diamond Center in Tel Aviv.