Israeli painter Ilan Itach was born in Jerusalem where he still lives and works. Itach is a self-taught artist from an immigrant, working-class neighborhood in Jerusalem. His first studio was nestled on a hilltop overlooking Jerusalem's picturesque Old City whose ancient walls appear in many of his early artworks.
Itach was inspired by Israeli master artist, Ivan Schwebel from whom he learned special painting techniques. He has spent considerable periods of his professional career painting abroad, particularly in Spain's Toledo and Seville, where he immersed himself in the rich and colorful Spanish culture of music and dance. Itach derives methods from the Renaissance painters, who created their own paints and colors.