Zigi Ben-Haim is one of the most prominent contemporary artists living in New York. He won numerous distinguished awards including the recent Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, 2013. Ben-Haim has exhibited extensively both in Israel and internationally, and his works are in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv Museum of Art. On 2005 NASA commissioned Ben-Haim to create a work in tribute to the space shuttle "Columbia". This year, NASA commissioned an additional monumental work by him in honor of the robotic rover "Curiosity" exploring Mars.
Born in Baghdad, 1945. At the age of five his family fled Baghdad, Iraq, and immigrated to Israel via Iran. Ben-Haim graduated from The Avni Institute of Fine Arts, Tel-Aviv, Israel and the Institute of Fine Arts and the California College of Art in Oakland, California.. He holds an M.A. from the J.F.K. University, Orinda, California, USA and an M.F.A from San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA. He has won numerous awards throughout his career, including: A Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, 2013; 1996; 1990; The Emily Harvey Foundation, Fellowship to Venice, Italy, 2007; DAAD Fellowship to Berlin, Germany, 2004; National Endowment for the Arts, 1985; America-Israel Cultural Foundation, 1966-70.
The works of Zigi Ben-Haim exist somewhere between abstraction and symbolism. The choice of imagery and materials constructing the work accumulate to and drawn from his own visual language and iconography. Images and symbols that influenced Ben-Haim throughout his life have become part of his vocabulary, "writing" a progressive diary that constantly unveiling itself. The imagery within the works creates a dialogue and harmony in a new environment. Building layer by layer, or image by image, his multi-cultural background inspires his constant search for identity. An identity Ben-Haim considers as a product of adaptation and the interconnectivity of cultures.