Archie Nahman, now a resident of Western Massachusetts, was born to Turkish parents on the Mediterranean island of Rhodes just months before the Nazi occupation. His family fled to Africa, where he lived in the Congo, then moved to Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), and finally, South Africa. After graduating in 1956 from Herzlia School in Cape Town, South Africa, Nahman lived in Israel and then South Africa again. In 1962, he moved to the U.S.
Nahman’s love for metals was kindled while he lived in Rhodesia, where his father and his elder brother worked in the copper mines. His own experience with metal has been as a local scrapyard laborer and a machinist. He is a self-taught artist who works primarily in copper, brass, and stainless steel.
Nahman has created furniture, lamps, candlesticks, a series of free-standing and hanging masks as well as ritual objects such as menorahs, Havdalah sets, mezuzahs, tzedakah boxes, and spice boxes, all of which incorporate discarded industrial elements. His Judaica and other work has been included in many exhibitions in the United States and is in private collections and synagogues in various parts of the world. Among his awards are Most Innovative Design from the National Museum of American Jewish History and Finalist in Folk and Ethnic Arts from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Program.