Indian-born British-Jewish artist honored with knighthood

(JTA) — Jewish-British artist Anish Kapoor was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Kapoor, who is of Indian origin, received the honor last week as part of the Queen’s birthday honors list for 2013, for his services to the visual arts.

Kapoor, 59, was born in Mumbai, India, to a Hindu father and a Jewish mother. His grandfather was a cantor in a Pune, India synagogue, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

He lived for two years in the 1970s with his brother on a kibbutz in Israel, where he discovered his talent for art, particularly sculpture. He then returned to Britain to attend art school.

Kapoor has received numerous international honors for his work. His works, many made from polished stainless steel, are on display around the world. In 2010, he completed a work he was commissioned to create for the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, called “Turning the World Upside Down, Jerusalem.”