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In addition to the $25,000 cash award, The Giller Prize presents the winner with a bronze statue, sculpted by acclaimed artist Yehouda Chaki. "Although the statue is not Doris," says the artist, "she was the inspiration for it. I wanted to capture the strength of her personality and her determination in the face of suffering."
Born in Greece and raised in Israel, Chaki studied art in Tel Aviv from 1952 to 1960, and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1960 to 1963 before emigrating to Montreal, where he has since lived. An internationally renowned painter, Chaki has had work exhibited across the country and around the world, with shows in the U.S., Israel, Norway, France, Belgium, Brazil and Japan. Many of his pieces form part of prestigious private and public collections the world over.