Born in Haifa Israel, 1974 Visual artist based in Rotterdam
In her theatre-like installations, Efrat Zehavi depicts the tragic aspect of human existence, albeit not without satire and grotesqueness. Combining sculptures with photographs, dcors, video animations and sound, her staged mise-en-scnes provoke dialogue within the space of the installations. Efrat Zehavis work is narrative; it is epic, she uses allegorical stories, biblical stories, stories from everyday life and stories from her own life. Her sculptures are painterly; they derive their power inevitably from her hands, but as well, from art history and the painting masters such as Bosch and Bacon. The installations are always composed of many parts; she strives to give meaning to the smallest detail, seeing the whole as the sum of its parts.
2001-2003 Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, MFA Plymouth University of Arts and Education, UK, MFA 2000 The School of Visual Art, course design for stage, Jerusalem, Israel 1995-1999 Bezalel Academy for Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel, BFA, com laude
- 2009 Pleaders Prayer, Art Amsterdam Solo Edition Gallery Onno van Toor, Amsterdam, NL - 2008 Passportraits, Kunstvlaai A.P.I. Westergasterrein, Amsterdam, NL - 2007 Crime Scenes, Onno van Toor Gallery, Rotterdam, NL - 2005 Dreaming.doc, Nora gallery, Jerusalem, IL - 2005 Heroes Displeasure City, Gallery Rosh Hanikra, IL - 2005 Fireland, Galerie Dvergur, Reykjavik, IC - 2004 Leben? Oder Theater? Project Space De 5er, Rotterdam, NL
Selected Group Exhibitions
- 2009 Klankvelden, Pand Paulus, Scheidam NL - 2008 Horen, Zien, Zwijgen, Galerie 300 procent, Rotterdam, NL - 2008 WEDERZIJDS - kunst in context, Het Kruithuis, Den Bosch, NL (catalogue) - 2008 Biennale Ramat Hasharon for young artists, Tel Aviv, IL (catalogue) - 2008 Art ID, Arti 08, Den Haag, NL - 2008 Between Artist & Subject, ABC Treehouse Gallery, Amsterdam, NL - 2008 KUNSTPUNKTE, Onomato, Dusseldorf, DE - 2008 Image, Artots, Den Bosch, NL - 2008 Group exhibition, Onno van Toor Galerie, Rotterdam, NL - 2007 Be(com)ing Dutch, Museum Nacht van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL - 2007 We (dont) need another hero, Gil & Moti Homegallery, Rotterdam, NL - 2007 Desert Generation, Hakibbutz Israeli art gallery, Tel Aviv, IL - 2007 Virtual-residency, Unesco Weltkultuerbe, Vlklingen, DE (catalogue) - 2007 Art-store kunstambassade, Pictura, Dordrecht, NL (catalogue) - 2006 Rotterdam(inter)nationaal, Art-store kunstambassade, Rotterdam, NL - 2006 Terror?, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, - 2006 Open Draw, Open Source Art, Champaign, Illinois - 2006 Made in Rotterdam, Gil & Moti Homegallery, Rotterdam, NL - 2005 Highspot, Gil & Moti Homegallery, Rotterdam, NL (Duo) - 2003 Displeasure City, TENT, Rotterdam, NL - 2003 Museum Night, Gil & Moti Homegallery Rotterdam, NL (duo) - 2002 Point of view, Galerie des FORUM, Nordersted, DE - 2002 Amsterdam Visite, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL - 2002 Ramble, RAM gallery, Rotterdam, NL - 2002 Madam, I am Adam the organization of private life, Galerie der Kunstuniversitat,Linz, AUT - 2002 Penetration, Bar David Museum, Kibbutz Baram, IL (catalogue)
Residencies - February-May 2007 EKWC European Ceramic Work Centre, Den Bosch, NL - 1st International Open Art Residency 16-30 July 2008, Eretria, GR ,