Avner Moriah was born in Jerusalem in 1953. He graduated from Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy of Art and Architecture in1980 before attending Yale University, from where he graduated in 1983 with a M.F.A. During his time at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture, Moriah studied contemporary figurative art. His permanent installations include Against the Odds at Ammunition Hill, Jerusalem, Gathering at Mount Sinai at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and Women's Zodiac at the Women's League for Conservative Judaism JTS in New York. Moriah is well known for his oil on canvas landscape pictures of Israel and his public art works based on Jewish and Israeli subjects.
He does not flinch from painting hard subjects, and often addresses the Jewish experience head on. In addition to tackling Israel's 1948 War of Independence and subsequent wars, he has completed a series on the Shoah and another on the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain. Moriah's works have been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum of New York, the Israel Museum and the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, among others. His paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout North and South America, Israel, and Europe and are included in corporate and private collections worldwide.