Guy Yanai was born 1977 in Haifa, Israel. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. He attended Parsons School of Design and the New York Studio School, and received a BFA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.
Yanai is known for his pragmatic approach to artistically mirroring life, with each scene or character stripped back to almost pixelated results. Standing back, each piece is blatantly obvious as to what it’s trying to represent, but upon closer inspection, you’ll fully be able to appreciate the simplicity of its make up; accented yet bold brush strokes sitting side by side to form texture, light work, complexion and composition.
Broken Fingaz (previously featured here) is Israel’s best known graffiti crew. The four Haifa residents – known by their art names Tant, Deso, Kip and Unga – have spray-painted fresh and innovative pop-art murals in Europe, North America, and Asia. They focus on erotic, fashion, retro style from American comic-book covers, old-school skateboard graphics and tattoos.
Israeli artist Ronit Baranga’s (previously featured here) sculptures are based on contrast and duality in meaning, unexpected and viewer experience, using the metaphor of the body to transfer unsettling yet powerfully expressive human gestures and emotions to everyday objects, which lose their functionality to become instead active, alive, capable of feeling, of interacting with each other and deciding their own path. Her education in psychology and literature resonates through her intimate and connective works on human nature, that blur the lines between living and still life.
Tel Aviv, Israel based artist Roni Landa works with polymer clay to create sculptures that combine the natural shapes of food and flowers with the texture of raw meat. Landa takes inspiration from classical sculpture, product and commercial design in this series called “Very Still Life” and comments on life and death.
Tel-Aviv based illustrator, animator and avid doodler Ori Toor (previously featured here) deals mostly with experimental 2d animation and obsessively drawing heaps of noodly landscapes and shapes. He never sketches or plans ahead, instead he improvises. The slightly darker undertones to Ori’s work are emulated by the shadowy color palette of changeable purples and blues.
Klone currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. Influenced by his childhood emigration from the Ukraine to Israel, Klone’s initial practice of tagging and graffiti were personal challenges to themes of diaspora. This urban tradition allowed him to take ownership of his surrounding and localize an often hostile and alienating environment, making his foreign settings, more familiar.
Using characters, symbols, and regional iconography Klone’s work borrows from existing linguistic traditions in hope of providing a bridge to communicate. This organic approach appeals in its attempt at universality without erasure, without requiring a blank slate mentality. Each installation and drawing, attempts to create an environment that will connect with the observers primal feeling, placing him or her as part of the setting and context of the work.
The port city of Haifa in Israel is home to some of the best street art in the world. Broken Fingaz crew, a collective of artists who do brilliant graffiti works, T-Shirt designs and illustrations, was founded in 2001 by artist Unga, who, along with some friends who shared a love for bizzare and colorful images. Since then they are recognized as one of the premier names to come out of Israel’s scene, and have been touring the globe exhibiting and painting the streets.
Sharona Eliassaf is an American/Israeli artist who has been splitting her time between Tel Aviv and New York City since childhood. As a result her art is deeply affect by the changeable notion of place, the surreal and the sublime. She holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jersualem, an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine.
Eyal Gever is a cutting-edge contemporary artist whose work sits at the fusion of art and technology. Using just a palette of code, he develops life-like digital simulations of moments in time — often dramatic or catastrophic in nature — from which he fabricates 3D-printed sculptures and installations.
Gever, born in 1970 in Tel Aviv, Israel, attended Jerusalem’s prestigious Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, but was injured while performing his mandatory national service with the IDF, where he served for two-and-a-half years as a paratrooper (special operations unit). Volunteering for the IDF’s specialist computer R&D unit, Mamram, he began to master the computer simulation skills which would later shape and infuse his art.
Born in Israel in 1971, Shai Azoulay lives and works in Jerusalem. He received both his BFA and MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem.
Azoulay works has been exhibited around the world, including shows in New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Rome. In 2011 Azoulay had his first major museum show at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art. His work was featured at Frieze art fair, London and is in major privet and public collections.