Oren Eliav


Oren Eliav (1975, Israel) lives and works in Tel Aviv.

Employing art historical imagery and optical phenomena through painting, Eliav exposes the complex relationship between seeing and believing or assuming. Through various visual manipulations such as reflections, shifts in scale, breaks in composition, mirror images, multiple perspective installations, repetition and so on, his works present themselves as a mirage-like territory where cultural knowledge and the act of seeing compete for a place in the viewer’s mind.  As such, they are able to encompass both illusion and realization.

Eliav received his BFA (2005) and MFA (2009) from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem.

Solo exhibitions of his work have been organized by Givon Gallery (2004, 2006, Tel Aviv), Ashdod Museum of Art (2010, Ashdod), Braverman Gallery (2010, 2012, Tel Aviv), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2011, Tel Aviv), Suzanne Tarasieve Gallery (2016, Paris), and Israel Museum Jerusalem (2018, Jerusalem).

Eliav is the recipient of America Israel Grant Award (2004), Ministry of Culture Award for Young Artist (2008),  

Encouragement Award by Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (2008), Rappaport Prize for a Young Israeli Painter by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2010), Cité Internationale des Arts residency, (2013 Paris), Residency at Schir – Art Concepts (2013, Berlin), Leipzig International Art Program – LIA (2014) and the prestigious  Ministry of Culture Award (2017).

His works belong in numerous public collections including Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Nicole Julien Mattei Collection, Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art Collection, C-Collection, Depardieu Collection, Tony Podesta Collection, Israeli Discount Bank Collection, National Gallery of Art, ORS Collection, Art Partners Collection, Art Vantage Collection, Peggy Scott and David Teplitzky Collection, Serge Tiroche Collection, Dubi Shiloah Collection, Brandes Collection, Jaglom Family Collection, Hagit and Ofer Shapira Collection, Dubi Shiff Art Collection, Nili Lipman and Sara Szold Collection, Oli Alter Collection, Shemer Family Collection, as well as various private collections in Israel and abroad.