Yohanan Simon was born in Berlin in 1905. He studied in Frankfurt with Beckmann, at the Art Academy in Munich and at the Ecole Beaux-Arts in Paris. During the late 1920s, he joined a circle of young painters that included Andre Derain. In 1934, Simon worked for the journal, “Vogue” in New York. Simon lived in Paris, for a time, before immigrating to Palestine in 1936. He was a member of Kibbutz Gan- Shmuel until 1953 and he was active in the Hagana. He also participated in the War of Liberation. He traveled extensively in South America and the United States from 1954-1955 and in 1961. He also visited Europe in 1958. In 1962 Simon moved to Herzelia and he died in Israel in 1976.