Jonathan Kis-Lev was born in 1985 in the small village of Mishmar Ayalon on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Israel. The third son to Issic and Betty, Russian Jews who immigrated to Israel a decade earlier, young Jonathan has exhibited artistic talent from an early age. At the age of five he began private lessons with a Russian artist who taught the young boy the art of watercolors and oils. He studied at some of Israel's best schools of arts, and at the age of sixteen won a scholarship to study at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in British Columbia, Canada, where he majored in visual art under the guidance of artist Art Brendon. At the age of 21 Kis-Lev exhibited his first solo exhibition in Tel Aviv. Attended by many, including Tel Aviv's Mayor Ron Huldai, the exhibition marked his debut in the Israeli art world. Soon after, Leumi Bank, one of Israel's largest banks, purchased numerous paintings for the bank's art collection. The artist began exhibiting in several galleries in Israel and abroad, while continuing to develop his style and technique. Today Kis-Lev has studios in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and is exhibited regularly in nine galleries around the world.