was born on April 12, 1917, in Berlin to Jewish parents, both doctors of medicine. She herself was trained to become a cabinet-maker. In 1939 after her family had already left, a few weeks before World War II, she fled Nazi Germany, alone, penniless and without a passport.
She was in Geneva when the war broke out, and there she met the sculptor Henri Paquet, whom she married in 1941. Ursula and Henri have a daughter Claudine born in 1945, who has two sons.Since 1967, Ursula Malbin has divided her creative life between the Artists’ Village of
Ein Hod in Israel and the village of Troinex near Geneva in Switzerland.Malbin’s work is special in its simplicity, in its fragile yet graceful depiction of the human form, and in its celebration of the enduring beauty of life despite all vissitudes. To maintain the purity of her inspiration, the artist works without models, relying only on her imagination for the pure, sculptured indication of her own attitude to life.Over the years, Malbin’s works have found their way into Hospitals, Parks, Gardens, Schools and private collections in Europe and North America. One original of each of her creations is donated to the Sculpture Garden in Haifa that opened to the public in 1978.
Mitzpor Shalom was the first park
in the world dedicated solely to the works of one sculptress.