American Abstract artist. Lassaw came to New York from Egypt as a child. He began experimenting with abstraction in both two and three dimensional forms around 1938.After the war, his art moved closer to the concerns of Abstract Expressionism. Best known for his open space welded sculptures in bronze, nickel silver, steel and other alloys, he worked in other media such as inks and acrylic. Although his Jewish identity was not central to his artistic consciousness, he became one of the pioneers of a new style of American synagogue art in the 1950`s and 1960`s.