Yochanan Black was born in Ndola Zambia. He studied Fine Art at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, graduating with Distinctions in painting.
After marriage and a short period of teaching art in South Africa, he moved in 1984 to Israel. Once in Israel he was able to develop his deep interest in illustrated Judaica manuscripts and Jewish ceremonial art.
Never a designer and artist to be confined to only one medium, he began designing and producing sterling silver items, as well as Judaica paintings. From his experience of working with silver he has expanded into other metals, enabling him to work on a much larger scale. These sculptural pieces are well suited for corporate art projects and architectural interior design.
Yochanan and D’vora Black have three children – two sons and a daughter, they live in Neve Daniel Gush Etzion.