Began his art career as an abstract sculptor working in wood and stone. He acquired his intimate knowledge of metalwork techniques after World War II when he worked in the construction industry. He made his first metal welded sculptures from the steel found in sunken ships in the harbors of
While Shemi’s sculptural methods stem from technology, his art is conceptual, and may be viewed as three-dimensional Constructivist calligraphy. His works become drawings in open space, as seen in the strong, simple geometric form of Morning.