Victor Shrem was born in Jerusalem in 1944. He is the descendant of a Spanish family who fled Spain during the Inquisition, and established themselves first in Italy, and then in Hebron, Israel, 10 generations ago. He grew up and went to school in Jerusalem. After graduating high school, Shrem worked in a kibbutz in the Jordan Valley and served in the Israel Defense Forces’ navy. Upon completing his service in the IDF he went to Germany for artistic training and graduated from the Academy of Ceramics. He worked in this field for several years, and participated in several group exhibitions in Berlin, Paris. and Israel. In 1984 Shrem opened his own studio and gallery "Cardo Gallery 1984" in the Old City of Jerusalem, where he exhibits fine art works by well-known Israeli artists. At the same time, he continued with his own artistic career, but turned to a different medium: painting. He learned the techniques of watercolor, oil, and mixed-media, in which he excels. Shrem’s favorite subjects are inspired from Israeli folklore, Jerusalem and its surroundings, Israeli landscapes, and Judaica. Victor Shrem's paintings appear in numerous private collections all over the world.