"Samy Briss is a painter of the magical and the marvelous, whose nostalgia for icons comes straight out of his native Moldavian plains. His surrealistic artistic experience makes him brother to Paul Klee and Victor Brauner. But his images are symbolic; their naivety has a genuine essence expressed in a subtly metamorphosed conventionalized style. Briss's choice and use of colors are remarkable. As inventive as it is nuanced and captivating, it evokes the tones of the enamels, bisque-fired pottery, and the sober luminosity of the primitives. Briss's painting is one of myth and memory rooted in the web of time - in other words, in universal ‘childhood’.”
F. J. Temple
Samy Briss was born in Jassy, Rumania in 1930 where eighteen years earlier Yonescu was born. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest under Ressu, a disciple of Gustav Moreau.
In 1960, he settled in Israel and in 1967 he had his first solo show in Tel Aviv. His murals of mosaics and reliefs on wood decorate several public buildings. His works are exhibited in museums and private collections in Rumania, France, Israel, England, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Luxembourg, Canada and the United States. Sammy currently resides and works in Paris.