Shai Yehezkelli

by Lotte Beilin | 21.08.16

Brenner + I, 2007, photo credit- Elad Sarig

Shai Yehezkelli earned his BFA and MFA Degrees with Highest Honor from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. He has since been awarded for his outstanding achievements and has exhibited in solo shows and group shows in Israel and internationally.

Self Portrait Perplexed by the World, 2016, Photo credit- Elad Sarig

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The artist’s work deals mostly with the connection between painting and art processes, connecting this to Middle-Eastern, Jewish, political and identity related narratives. The subject is usually a functional image or a symbol that he is interested in. The Vase (Kad), the eternal wandering Jew, the huge-nosed smiley–these are all key subjects that, alongside the composition and color, activate the painting.

Self Portrait with a Rabbit, 2012, photo credit- Elad Sarig

Yehezkelli is currently exhibiting at the Tel Aviv Museum as part of a group show called HaTalush (the Rootless character) on view until November 5th. He explains that this figure has continuously been appearing in his work for the last ten years. It was always some sort of a mental self-portrait, which he refereed to as “The Wandering Jew”.

Tel Aviv Museum | 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd (Hours: Mon, Wed, Sat 10:00-18:00, Tues, Thurs 10:00-21:00, Fri 10:00-14:00). | Instagram: @shai_yehezkelli


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