Ultra-Orthodox expressionist, Kosher Keith, Hassidic Haring, Mendel Treitel brings worlds together. For the longest time Judaic art and its artists have been stuck. Yes, great art has been created, but it has very much conformed to the traditions of the past, dancing rabbis, or blooming flowers, or sometimes an old synagogue. Abstract expressionism is a rare sight in a religious Jewish home. With persistence, patience, and courage, Treitel is
breaking that status-quo with his advanced knowledge of both Chassidic life and law, together with practice and experience in the world of fine art.
Since discovering his joy in drawing at a young age, Treitel developed his skill while attending yeshivah through his teens, and rabbinical school in his early twenties. While still studying, writing, and teaching, Treitel has served as an apprentice for celebrated folk artist Michael Mochnick, and attending the New York School of the Arts.