Menashe Kadishman (August 21, 1932 - May 8, 2015) was an Israeli sculptor and painter. From 1947 to 1950, he studied with the Israeli sculptor Moshe Sternschuss (b 1905) at the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv. Between 1950 and 1953, Kadishman worked as a shepherd in Kibbutz Ma'ayan Baruch and Kvuzat Yizre'el, and then returned to art, studying in 1954 with the Israeli sculptor Rudi Lehmann (1903-77) in Jerusalem. In 1959 Kadishman moved to London, studying there until 1962 at St. Martin's School of Art, the Slade School of Art, and the University of London. He had his first one-man show in London in 1965 at the Grosvenor Gallery.
Kadishman's sculptures of the 1960's were Minimalist in style and designed so as to appear to defy gravity. This was achieved either through careful balance and construction, as in "Suspense," 1966 (Israel Museum, Jerusalem), or by using glass and metal so that the metal appeared unsupported, as in "Segments," 1968 (Museum of Modern Art, New York), and the glass allowed the environment to be part of the work.
In 1972, he returned to Israel where he resides in Tel Aviv.