Tel aviv, Ramat Hasharon, Israel
About zak shiff
I live and work in Tel Aviv. This, amongst other factors, influences my attitude towards painting. For me, painting is a tool to express a state of mind, conveyed through elements of drawing and surfaces of colour, which enclose and release the two-dimensional space creating the illusion of a new space, distant, from elsewhere, detached, dispersed and bewildered to the extent of urban decadence, characterized by the collapse of many images into an imaginary collage. Contours, serve at times as rotten imperialist fundamentals, and at other times for the construction of something new and pure. In my work, I maintain an antagonistic relationship between the aspiration to find one immutable identity and the desire to effect a perpetual flight, away from it, like a shadow that escapes from the presence of the body. Painting, as an exhausted metaphor, saturated by the desire for a narrative anchor to market it, surrenders and collapses within a space barraged by techniques. My works of art deal with contemporary issues, but are also influenced by the traditions of Modernist Painting. In my art, I attempt to examine the space of the painting activity as a cross-section of a particular social, economic and artistic condition, striving for the act of painting to further expand through the eyes of the spectator.
2012-2015: The School of Art – Hamidrasha BA program
2005-2007: Open University BA program
2000-2003: Avni Institute Communications Media Department
1999-2000: Avni Institute Art Department
Solo Exhibition, Artist's House Elcharizi - Tel aviv 2012