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Artist / Shai Azoulay

Shai Azoulay

b. 1971, Kiryat Shmona, Israel; lives and works in Jerusalem.

Painter Shai Azoulay's work engages with the imagination, combining associations from the world of art, the painter's life, and the artist's routine in his studio, as well as different situations that occur in nature.

The truck painting project is an opportunity for a direct encounter with his art "on the road." One side of the truck features a painting from his series of works inspired by Henri Matisse's paper cutouts, where the little man in the boat represents an inner world inundated with the impact of the great master. The other side of the truck features a typical studio painting with "twitters" encircling the artist, who looks at his work surface and begins to drift away in his imagination.

Holds a BFA and an MFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, where he now lectures. Solo exhibitions of his work were staged at Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2011) and Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2018), in addition to international solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Amsterdam, and Beijing. Recipient of the Osnat Mozes Young Artist Painting Prize (2007); the Legacy Heritage Fund Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2008); the Israel Ministry of Culture and Sports Creativity Encouragement Award (2011); the Minister of Culture Prize for the Visual Arts (2019); and the Landau Prize for Arts and Science by the Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Art (2020).

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