Bar was born in Afula, Israel, during the Yom Kippur War. Even his early drawings included guns, tanks, soldiers, and symbols of war still seen in his work today.
After an unhappy stint in the Israeli Navy, Bar finally had the chance to pursue his dream of becoming an artist.
His family, which includes many artists, immigrated to Israel from Romania after the Holocaust. His father worked as an area inspector protecting the woods. Although Bar says he felt like an outsider joining his father in the forests, he is drawn to the woods now.
Bar, who recently released Graphic Story Telling, a midcareer retrospective featuring a collection of his work, studied typography at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. After moving to London with his wife, Dana, he could no longer use the written word to express himself as an artist.
“I needed to find a new way to communicate, so I came back to early things I did, like faces,” he says. “Like an actor that moved to a different country and cannot play in his language on the stage, I couldn’t say things in Hebrew, but I wanted to say things, so I started to do almost like Charlie Chaplin, communicating without words.”