Fine artist Israel Tsvaygenbaum was born 1961 in Derbent, Dagestan, Russia. He is a graduate of the Izberbash College in Izberbash, Dagestan, Russia, and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Krasnodar, Russia. In 1980, Israel organized an artist's group called COLORIT that of exhibited in many cities in Russia. Israel has exhibited in Russia and the United States, and a number of his works are in the collection of the Museum of Imitative Arts, Derbent. Other works can be seen in private collections in nine countries, including Austria, Bulgaria, France, Israel, Netherlands, Russia, the United Kingdom and the US.
In 1994, Israel and his family left Russia because it had became very dangerous for his family to continue to live in the republic of Dagestan. Currently, he is a resident of Albany, New York. Israel aspires to make the world into a little kinder place.