Born is Israel in 1931, Engel graduated from the renowned Beaux-Arts Bezalel in Jerusalem and later received a diploma in theatre design from the Centre dramatique de l'Est in Strasbourg, France. He moved to Paris in the mid-1950s, where he painted and also worked on a variety of stage designs and costume projects; he had the first of many successful painting exhibits starting in 1960 at the Galerie Weil. In 1965 he moved to New York City.In a prolific career spanning nearly four decades, Engel has developed a unique form of expression - rich, complex, highly personal. An artist of international stature, he is perhaps best known for his work with etchings and collage.