Tom Pnini (born 1981), is one of the most innovative and promising artists of his generation. Born in Israel he currently lives and works in New York. He works mainly with Video.
Pnini holds a B.E.D for Art and Art teaching from Hamidrasha of Art Beit Berl College and a M.F.A in Fine Art from Parsons school of design, the new school, New York.
Pnini received the Outstanding Artistic Excellence Award from Beit Berl College in 2008, and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Israel, New York, Milan, and Toronto.
Pnini creates multi-dimensional experiences, time based work and large scale installations. Key to his work is the fabrication of dualities in which the awareness of the illusion is just as strong as the illusion itself.
Born 1981, Israel
Lives and works in New York
2009-2010 Parsons the School for Design, M.F.A in Fine Art, New School, New York
2004-2008 Hamidrasha of Art Beit Berl College, B.E.D for Art and Art teaching, Beit Berl, Israel
2022 Ballade to the Double, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2020 Two figures in a field, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York
2017 Paperweight, Lesley Heller Workspace, NY,USA
2015 Light Fantastic Toe, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv
Light Fantastic Toe, Giuseppe Pero Gallery, Milan 2015
2014 Ballade to the Double, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York
2012 Ballade to the Double, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, curator: Nira Itzhaki
2010 Down By The River-New Works, Thomas Hunter Project Room, New York. Curated by Siochain Hughes
2009 Predicting the weather, katharine Mulherin Gallery, Toronto
2020 Black Sun, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv
2019 Videoland: 10 years of Kunsthal KAdE, Kunsthal KAdE, Netherlands
2018 Hollywood and Other Myths, Tel Aviv Museum of art, Tel Aviv
2015 Loop art fair, Barcelona, Spain
2015 Moving Image Art Fair, New York
2015 Pulse Play, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, New York. Curator: Billy Zhao
2015 Permission to Leave, Gebirol Gallery, Tel-Aviv. Curated by Tamar Meir
2014 Art Souterrain 6th Edition, Nuit Blanche, Montreal
2014 About Practice, Giuseppe Pero Gallery, Milan. Curator: Alessandro Facente
2013 ExoticA, CCA, Tel Aviv. Curator: Lia Tzigler
2013 Matinée, Lesley Heller Workspace, NY
2013 Mishpaha Murkevet, Suzanne Dellal Centre; Beit Mani, Tel Aviv. Curator: Carmel Gottlieb Kimhi. Co Curator: Smadar Shafi
2012 American Landsacpe, FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY2012 CITYISM, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, Curators: Adi Artsi, Shani Werner2012 La-Bas, Maison Europeene de la Photographie, Paris, Curator: Marie Shek
2012 Time and a half, Museo Laboratorio d’arte contemporanea, Rome, Curators: Doron Rabina, Ben Hagari and Giorgia Calò
2011 Numerator and Denominator, Herzliya Museum, Israel, Curators: Dalia Levin, Tsibi Geva, and Zali Gurevitch
2011 Shesh-Besh, Petach Tikva Museum, Israel, Curator: Hadas Maor
2011 RELOAD- “In the long tunnel we are all alive”, Viale Arcangelo Ghisleri, Roma, Curator: Alessandro Facente
2010 Hand Hel History, Queens Museum Of Art, NY, Video summit co-produced by Tamar Ettun and Katayoun Vaziri
2010 A Curious Thread, Cuchifritos Gallery, NY, Curator: DTL
2010 Down By The River-New Works By Tom Pnini, Thomas Hunter Project Room, NY Curator: Siochain Hughes (solo exhibition)
2010 Plastic Summer, 601 ARTSPACE, NY, Curators: Stamatina Gregory and Erin Sickler
2010 The Young Israelis, Lesley Heller Workspace, NY, Curator: Lilly Wei
2010 Volume, AT1 Projects, LA, Curator: Andrea Neustein
2010 Parsons MFA Thesis Show, The Kitchen, New York, Curator: Margaret Clinton
2010 Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair, Old Jaffa Port, Israel
2010 Seven Easy Steps, Horton Gallery, NY, Curator: Amanda Schmitt.
2010 The Calm Before the Storm, Winzavod Art Center, Moscow, Curator: Vardit Gross
2009 MiArt 2009: The International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair, Fieramilanocity, Milan
2009 Voice Of a Word, Hazira, Jerusalem, Curator: Smadar schindler
2009 ARTLV 09 Biennial, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Curators: Edna Moshenson and Maayan Sheleff
2009 Layout, Suffolk County Community College, NY, Curator: Síocháin Hughes
2009 KMLA: Unnatural Selection, katharine Mulherin Gallery, LA
2008 No-nonsense, VideoZone, The 4th International video Art Biennial in Israel, Herzliya Museum, Israel, Curator: Dalia Levin
2008 Five graduates, The Artists Studio Gallery, Tel Aviv, Curator: Vered Ganim
2006 Present Now Riding Art Fair 5, Tel Aviv, Curator: Tal Ben Zvi.
2006 Presence of Un-Knowing (or: What Is It That You Know?), The Israeli Center For
2006 Digital Art; Holon, Israel, Curators: Michal Heiman and Eitan Buganim
2006 Presence of Un-Knowing (or: What Is It That You Know?), House Of The Artists, Jerusalem, Curators: Michal Heiman and Eitan Buganim
Grants and Scholarships
Video Art Fund, Center For Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel 2012
The Dean’s Graduate Scholarship from Parsons 2009-2010
The America- Israel Foundation grant for 2008-2009
Scholarship for outstanding Artistic Excellence from the Beit Berl College school of arts- Hamidrasha
Scholarship for Gallery exhibition–The Artist Studio Tel- Aviv
Tuition Grant from the Department of Education
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Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art
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.