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.
Solo exhibitions of his works have been often exhibited as poetic painting installations, such as in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2011) and also in other places including: Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2018), BUILDING, Milan (2020), Givon Gallery (2004), Ashdod Museum of Art (2010), Suzanne Tarasieve Gallery, Paris (2015) and Braverman Gallery (2010, 2012, 2018, 2022, 2023).
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, Paris 2013, Residency at Schir – Art Concepts, Berlin 2013, 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.