רוז'קובסקי Akiva עקיבא Roszkowski
Just before his birth, Akiva Roszkowski's family joined one of four mass migration waves where a quarter of a million Jews left Eastern Europe for the west. One year after the the end of Poland's communist regime, his family came to Northern Germany, where Roszkowski currently resides with his wife and three children. Although Roszkowski is rooted in Jewish Germany, he is a part of the Jewish diaspora with one eye peering to Zion and Israel in his heart.
Roszkowski's work is made to preserve his heritage, the heritage of the Jewish Community in Poland, Germany and around the world. As a people, we have moved from country to country, holding on to our beliefs and traditions. One of the most important commonalities which all Jews share around the world is prayer.
Caligraphy has been a fascination of Roszkowski's since his school years. He found Hebrew script, in particular, to have a sort of magical element to it. On a whim, he decided to see if his interest in Hebrew script had any relation to his skillset. As much as he was drawn to the art, it turns out he was just as talented. From there, he continued to teach himself.
Hebrew Caligraphy does not allow for mistakes. Every letter, dot and line must be carefully placed on the paper with such precision which takes a high level of learned concentration to master. With the influence of century-old sages and scribes who continue to guide him as he creates, Roszkowski's hope is that his artwork upon your walls sends a reminder of who you are, the journey you've experienced, the protection you have, and the community you are a part of.
"Through my art, I express, but through it's creation, I journey.
I journey through time. I journey through the diaspora and through Judaism.
I journey to the past, where families in the Shoah say their last Shema Yisrael.
I journey to the future where my children teach theirs what I have taught them.
My art is a piece of what we were, who we are and what are yet to become.
I hope that you receive the blessings of the prayers you choose."