tel aviv, Israel
About Nima Ktalav
Nima Ktalav B.1980, kibbutz Ga'aton in the western Galilee Lives and works in Tel Aviv. In my work I use different mediums, including painting, drawing, paper cutouts and sculpting. I use traditional handicraft techniques in juxtaposition with computer processing and mass, industrial-like reprinting of intricate hand-drawn images. I am fascinated with the relationship between the act of intimate handiwork – a remnant of a rapidly eroding practice which holds nostalgic sentiment and faded recollections; and a new, mechanized act that stems from the original act and proceeds to replicate itself over and over again. In my deconstructive study of the human belief systems, I often use the symbolic potential of flora and fauna, especially in dogmatic, religious connotation. I try to create peculiar, detailed worlds that seduce the viewer to delve deeper. I aspire to provoke tension between elements, which generates complex and enigmatic meanings that cast the viewer's mind to distant, unfamiliar worlds, but also to the decidedly present, familiar and universal reality.
Education2005-2009 bachelor's degree Beit Berl College, The School of Art, Hamidrasha
2014 Alfred XL, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv, israel.
A Matter of Lightness, 10 Gallery, bait Michal, rehovot, Israel. Curator: Carmit Blumensson
Picture Peace project, Beit-HaGefen Gallery, Haifa, Israel. Curator: Yeala Hazut
Picture Peace project, Circle 1 Gallery, Berlin, Germany. Curator: Yeala Hazut
2013 Traces V, Drawing Biennale, The Artist house, Jerusalem. Curator:
Magia Naturalis, P8 Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Dr Jochai Rosen
Caution, Spreading!, P8 Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Sally Haftel-Navee
Winter Salon, Jaffa Salon of Art, Jaffa. Curator: Yaara Oren
Hanina 2014, Hanina Gallery, Tel Aviv.
Notebook, Bait- Haair, Tel Aviv. Curator: guy morag-Tzapelavitch
Intervals, minshar Gallery, Tel Aviv.
Vitrina, Comme-il-faut, Tel Aviv. Curator: Dana Gillerman
Site specific 2, Cheetah Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Keren Ella Geffen
Every one, Mazzee House of youth, Tel Aviv.
2012 Winter Salon,Jaffa Salon of Art, Jaffa. Curator: Yaara Oren
Hanina 2013, Hanina Gallery, Tel Aviv.
Bread&Roses, Kastiel, Tel Aviv, an event of "MA'AN" organization
for "women and work".
Testing Tools 9, multidisciplinary Art Festival, Tami House, Tel-Aviv.
Curator: Carmit Blumensson
Reality Check, Been There Done There Gallery, Tel-Aviv. Curator:
Spring Salon, Jaffa salon of art, Jaffa. Curator: Yaara Oren
Painting the protest, art demonstration, Bait Ha'am, Tel Aviv. curator: Linn
2011 La Paroi, Motel Campo, Geneva, Switzerland. Curator: Flora Buberovci
Bread&Roses, Minshar School of Art, exhibition for "women and work"
Hanina 2012, Hanina Gallery, Tel-Aviv.
Devolving Form, Office in Tel Aviv Gallery, Tel Aviv. curator: Hanna Kufler
Quiet Memories, Office in Tel Aviv Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Rachel
Countdown, Diaghilev Art Hotel, Tel Aviv. Curator: Ortal Mor
2010 Mapping, Memoire de l'Avenir Gallery, Paris. Curator: Doron Polak
Art+, Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel Aviv.
Collective Memory, Artist House, Rehovot. Curator: Alina Smukler
Fresh Paint 3, contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv.
Casino Aylon, art exhibition around roulette, Hostel Aylon, Tel-Aviv.
curator: Hadas Kidar
2009 Personal Taste, Office in Tel-Aviv Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Rachel
White Ttrash, Shvil Hamertz, Tel Aviv. Curators: Amanda Mehl and Inbal
2008 Horsha Zmanit, Line 16 Gallery, Tel Aviv.Curator: Mayan Shellef and Orit