Cartoonist, graphic designer
Israeli-born Billha Zussman studied her graphic arts in Amsterdam where she now lives and works. She has both exhibited and been awarded as an innovative graphic artist and cartoonist in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Belgium and the USA since the 1980s.
The progression of her technique has resulted in an acclaimed style of graphic print that begins with a lino cut. Far from stopping at the traditional lino print, however, Zussman allows the lino image to redefine itself in relation to black-and-white elements, reverse imaging, overlay, color print image carriers and even sculpturally inclusive of the cut-out lino plate itself. This convoluting and combining of elements conjoins art and artifact in an inseparable embrace that presents an altogether unique face to the viewer.
In an almost MacLuhanesque sense then, for Billha Zussman, her medium has in a very literally way become an intrinsic part of her message
Present day Active as a guide at the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Member of the American Guild of Judaic Art
1990-1995: Amsterdam, den Helder, Utrecht, the Netherlands 1
1997: Grafiek Nu, Biennial Dutch Graphic Art
2000: “From Kandinsky to Corneille”- Linoleum in the art of the twentieth century.
COBRA museum Amstelveen, the Netherlands.
2000; 2003: 10th and 11th Gielniak Print Competition, Poland
2000: Encountering The Second Commandment; an International Traveling Exhibition Pittsburgh, USA. Finalist
2000; 2003 Agora Gallery, SoHo New-York, USA
2002 Philip&Sylvia Spertus Judaica Prize. Finalist
2003 3rd International Artist’s Book Triennial, Vilnius 2003
2004 Concorso Internazionale Di lllustrazione “II gatto con gli stivalli”. Tourin, Italy
2004-2006 International Cartoon Exhibition, Zagreb
2004 The 10th International Cartoon Contest Haifa, Israel
2004 3rd International Artist’s Book Triennial, gallery “Le carre” Lille, France.
2004 The First International Collage Exhibition, Vilnius.
2004 International Cartoon Contest Bulgaria
2005 10th George van Raemdonck Kartonale, Belgium
2005-2006 XII Muestra Interacional De Humor Grafico, Universidad de Alcala
2005 Umoristia Marostica, Italy
2005 Winner of International Art Contest SoHo-Chelsea, New-York, USA
2005 International Salon of Anti War Cartoon, Kragujevac
2005 3rd international Indian Cartoon Contest