Tal Amitai-Lavi (b. 1969, Israel) is a multidisciplinary artist, engaging with painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. She graduated cum laude from Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College and holds a B.A. also cum laude from the Multidisciplinary Program of the Arts, Tel Aviv University. Furthermore she has obtained an MA in Creative Arts from the University of Haifa.
Amitai-Lavi has had several solo exhibitions in Israel: “We are a Bound Family” (1996); “Aleph for Ohel [tent] / Bet for Bayit [house]” (2001); “(temporary) Happiness” (2004); “Light Construction” (2014).
She has participated to numerous group exhibitions in museums, major galleries, and in a variety of venues. Meanwhile her work found home in some of the finest collections both in Israel and abroad.
In 2013 she received a grant from the Israel National Lottery Council for the Arts for her “Light Construction” catalogue. Later in 2010 her work “Direct Hit / The House on Nahalal St.Haifa” was awarded the Sotheby’s prestigious “Under The Hammer” prize at “Fresh Paint 3” fair. Her solo exhibition “(temporary) Happiness,” 2004, was supported by the Forum of Art Museums and by the Beracha Foundation.
In 2002 and 2003 she received an Artist-Teacher Award from The Israeli Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport; and in 1996 and 1997 she won the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship (Sharett Foundation).
Tal Amitai-Lavi’s work explores personal and universal thematic; from family and childhood to marriage and home.
Her work transcends the private and addresses universal values that the viewer can identify with. In many of her works Amitai-Lavi aims to capture a childhood fantasy, a suggestive longing and a promise of happiness, which she considers as an elusive, false mirage.
The artist uses of unusual materials like sewing thread, salt, plastiline, soda powder and kinetic stands among others.
1969, Born in Israel
2008-2010 Master of Fine Art (MFA), Haifa University
1996-2002 B.A. in the Multidisciplinary Program of the Arts, Tel Aviv University
1991-1994 Hamidrasha School of Art , Beit Berl College, Kfar Saba
2023 The Pulsating Room, Solo Exhibition at Ramat Hasharon Contemporary Art Gallery
2019 Fragments, Tal Amitai-Lavi and Amir Tomashov, Chelouche Gallery, Tel-Aviv. Curator: Shir Meller-Yamaguchy
2017 Green on the outside red on the inside, Basis Gallery, Herzliya
2014 Light Construction, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv
2011 Duet, The Heder Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Neta Gal-Atzmon
2004 (temporary) Happiness, Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; Rehovot Municipal Art Gallery, M. Smilansky Cultural Center. Curator: Tami Katz-Freiman
2001 Aleph for Ohel [tent] / Bet for Bayit [house], Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
1996 We Are a Bound Family, The Kibbutz Art Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Tali Tamir
2022 ‘Line of thought’, Group Exhibtion at Gallery II, Ein Hod
2021 Rooms, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Nira Itzhaki.
2019 The House of Dwelling, Carmel Forest, curator: Sharon Toval
2018 Say Goodbye 1967-2018, Kibbutz Gallery, Tel Aviv
2017 Craftsmanship In Art, City gallery Kfar Saba, Kfar Saba
2016 Nordart 2016; The Circle of Life, Germany. Curator: Carmit Blumensohn
2016 Wire(less) Connections, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Curator: Daniella Shalev
Arte Laguna Prize, finalists collective exhibitions, Arsenale, Venice, Italy. Curator: Igor Zanti
2016 Still/Life, Artists’ Studios, Jerusalem. Curator: Tamar Gispan-Greenberg
2016 The Triangle, Carmel Forest.
2016 Melechet Nashim, Beit Yad Lebanim Gallery, Ra’anana. Curator: Orna Fichman
2015 Visions of Place, Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden, New Jersey; Towson University, Maryland, USA. Curators: Martin Rosenberg and J.Susan Isaacs
2014 Along the Lines of Imagination, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
2014 Partners, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Tal Amitai-Lavi
2013 The 5th Biennale for Drawing in Israel, Traces V – Beyond Paper, Jerusalem Artist House. Curator: Tal Yahas
2013 ArTricks, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2013 Registered in the Taboo, Binyamin Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Shira Gepstein Moshkovich
2012 Cube Museum Space, Tel Aviv Museum, Curators: Nili Goren, Nogah Davidson, Sally Haftel Naveh
2011 The Seam, Dana Gallery, Yad Mordechai. Curator: Ravit Harari
2011 Israeli Texture, The Knesset, Jerusalem. Curator: Sharon Sofer
2010 Re-Location, Opening Exhibition, Chelouche Gallery
2010 There is No Thing that has Not Its Place, The Painters and Sculptors Association, Tel Aviv. Curator: Moran Shoub
2010 Graduate Show 2010, Master of Fine Art (MFA), Haifa University, Haifa. Curators: Uri Katzenstein, Philip Rantzer
2010 Fresh Paint 3, Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv. Curators: Yifat Gurion Ofer, Matan Daube
2009 Fresh Paint 2, Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv. Curators: Yifat Gurion Ofer, Matan Daube
2009 Mani’s Haunted House, Beit Mani Leumi (“Mani’s House”) art space, Tel Aviv. Curators: Yifat Gurion Ofer, Matan Daube
2008 Don Kishut, Ironi ‘H’ High School, Tel Aviv. Curator: Ady Dulza
2007 The Space Between, Petach–Tikva Museum. Curator: Drorit Gur Arie
2006 Fatamorgana: Illusion and Deception in Contemporary Art,Haifa Museum of Art. Curator: Tami Katz-Freiman
2004 Fragments: Mosaics & Reality, Time for Art Israeli Art Center, Tel Aviv. Curator: Neta Gal-Atzmon
2004 Love is in the Air: Romantic Love in Contemporary Israeli Art, Time For Art, Israeli Art Center, Tel Aviv. Curator: Tami Katz-Freiman
2003 Childhood Cabinets, Rehovot Municipal Art Gallery, M. Smilansky Cultural Center. Curator: Ora Kraus
2003 Overcraft: Obsession Decoration and Biting Beauty, The Art Gallery, Haifa University; The Painters and Sculptors Association, Tel Aviv. Curator: Tami Katz-Freiman
2003 Israeli Contemporary, Robert Sandelson Gallery, London. Curators: Tamar Arnon, Eli Zagury
2003 Artists Teachers, Art Gallery, Oranim College, Tivon.
2002 Israeli Object: A Matter of Time, Artists House, Jerusalem; The Israel National Museum of Science, Planning & Technology, Haifa. Curator: Sophia Dekel
2002 The Boundaries of Sculpture: Israeli Sculpture between Art, Science and Technology, The Open Museum, Tefen and Omer; The Avraham Baron Art Gallery at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva.Curators: Prof. Haim Finkelstein, Haim Maor, Ruthi Ofek
2002 Israeli Habitat, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem. Curator: Nirit Nelson
2002 Food in Art: A Matter of Taste, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Curators: Hagitte Alon and Smedar Gafni
2001 Toy- Sculpture, Bat Yam Museum of Art; Arad Museum; Municipal Gallery, Kfar Saba. Curators: Ili Govrin, Miri Taragan
2001 Looking In, Looking At, Bezalel Gallery, Tel Aviv
2000 The Perfect Couple, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2000 Artic 2, Recipients of the America – Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships Exhibition, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat–Gan. Curator: Surin Heller
Scholarships and Awards
2019 The Independent Artists Fund by The Ministry of Culture and Education Award in the field of visual arts – for the realization of a project outside of Israel
2013 support for “Light Construction” catalogue from the Israel National Lottery Council for the Arts
2010 “Under the Hammer” award by Sotheby’s auction house, Fresh Paint 3 Art Fair
2004 The Beracha Foundation, (temporary) Happiness, Catalogue and exhibition production
2003 Artist-Teacher Award, The Israeli Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport
2002 Artist-Teacher Award, The Israeli Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport
1997 America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship (Sharett Foundation)
1996 America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship (Sharett Foundarion)
1993 Scholarship for academic excellence, Hamidrasha School of Art
1992 Scholarship for academic excellence, Hamidrasha School of Art
The Knesset Art Collection
Jerusalem Museum Collection
Brandes Family Art Collection
Ami and Gabi Braun Collection
Bank Hapoalim Collection
Yifat Gurion Ofer Collection
Att. Chaim Stanger Collection
Private Collections in Israel and abroad
Chelouche Gallery is one of the most prominent and leading galleries in Israel. Located in Tel Aviv, Chelouche Gallery maintains its primacy by presenting a large variety of works, ranging from video art to sculpture, painting, installation and photography. Since its inception, the gallery has been promoting an international and local exhibition program, in collaboration with curators and artists from Israel and around the world, placing itself one step ahead in the Israeli contemporary art scene.