Yossi Mark born in Israel 1954, studied philosophy and social studies in Tel Aviv University, and graduated the Avni institue for art in Tel Aviv. He was awarded the Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport Award in the visual arts, 2010. Mark had solo exhibitions at Chelouche Gallery in 2008, 2002 and 1993, and exhibited in the Tel Aviv Museum, the Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan, the Petach Tikva Museum, the Israeli pavilion in Paris, the West Bloomfield Detroit and the University of Michigan.
Mark’s is a unique realism that ignores the tactility of the outer surfaces, and does not idealize what is. Through crystal clear observation,silently detached from the hustle of convention, his paintings depict a near casual, common reality. With lucidity as close as feasible to the direct experience, free from constraints of time and space, albeit very precise about time and space. His art is endowed with Haiku qualities, saturated with the beauty of simplicity, of the ordinary, of the sadness which accompanies the knowledge of the inevitable ephemeralness. (from “Wall, Bed and Slippers”, by Drorit Gur Arie)
Mark’s oevre centers the monomentality of the intimate and touches substantial human conditions. The figures that he shows us exposed in their natural expression whithin rooms, and their relation to the space around them, invites the spectator to encounter graceful moments of reflection in ordinary exsistence. His works move from the emotional to the contemplative, from the analitical to the poetical and from visual simplicity to emotional complexity. His paintings that lean on prolonged, slow, focused and direct observation build a soft, quiet, introvert essense that asks for inner attentiveness.
1954 Born in Israel
Lives and works in Petach Tikva
1975-1977 Studied Philosophy and Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University
1977-1981 Graduate of Avni Institute of Fine Arts, Tel Aviv; Art advanced studies in London and Montreal
1981-1989 Head of Foundations Department – Avni Institute of Fine Arts, Tel Aviv
1990-1992 Hamidrasha, Faculty of Arts, Ramat Hasharon
1982-2015 Institute of Visual Arts, Petach-Tikva Museum of Art
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2015 “Closer”, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2008 Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2002 Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
1993 “Magnificat”, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2020 “The Winners Exhibition: winners of the ministry of culture and sports award”, Ashdod Art Museum
2019 “Hair&BathVariations”, Artist House Tel-Aviv. Curators: Irit Levin Arie Berkowitz
2019 “Keeping at Distance”, On Intimacy in Contemporary Painting, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Curator: Liza Gershuni
2019 “Maarbolot”, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2017 “Following…”, Zaritsky Artists House, Tel-Aviv. Curators: Irit Levin and Arie Berkovich
2016 “Works on Paper”, Liza Gershuni Gallery, Tel-Aviv
2016 “Intricate Affinities”, Recollections of Western Tradition in Local Contemporary Art, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Curatur: Smadar Sheffi (catalogue).
2014 “Blue-and-White Delft”, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Curator: Dr. Doron Lurie (catalogue)
2012 “Tectonic Fractures”: Petach Tikva Museum of Art hosted at Leumi Bet Mani House-Leumi Visitors and Arts Center, Tel Aviv, Curator: Drorit Gur Arie
2011 The Winners 2010″ The Ministry of Culture and Sport Prizes in Art and Design,2010, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan (catalogue)
2010 “Re-Location”, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
“Something Small and Good”, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2007 “Presences- Recent Israeli Painting”, Painters & Sculptures Association, Tel Aviv, Curator: Liza Gershuni (catalogue)
2006 “A Rich Seam”, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Curator: Hagai Segev (catalogue)
2006 “Beyond Richness- A New Narrative in Israeli Art”, Uri and Rami Nechushtan Museum, Ashdot Ya’akov Meuchad, Curator: Hagai Segev (catalogue)
2005 “Colors of Summer”, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2003 “Surface Talk”, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Curator: Nira Itzhaki
2002 “Artist’s Profile”, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Curator: Nira Itzhaki
2002 “A View on the Art of Portraiture”, Municipal Gallery for Contemporary Art, Ness-Ziona, Curator: Ada Naamani
1999 “Salon de Automne”, Israeli pavillon, Paris (catalogue)
1997-2000 Michigan University Art Gallery, A Traveleling Exhibition, USA, Curatosr: Dr. Cynthia Phillips Dr. Anton Biderman.
1997 “Identity, Thought and Vision”, Studio Aman, The West Bloomfield Museum, Detroit.
1995 “The Scarlet Line”, Drawing Exhibition, The New Art Workshop, Ramat-Eliahu, Curator: Miriam Gamburd (catalogue)
1994 “An Image of Place” Contemporary Israeli Art, Art Focus, Studio Aman Gallery of Art, Hadera. Curator: Dr. Anton Biderman. (catalogue).
1993 “The Gallery Artists”, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
1992 “Curators in Israeli Art”, Sarah Conforti Gallery, Jaffa, Curator’s Choice: Dalia Levin (catalogue)
1991 “The Secret of Color Reduction”, Municipal Gallery, Rehovot, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Bat Yam Museum, Arad Museum, Curators: Dalia Levin and Ada Naamani (catalogue)
1989 “Artists for Peace”, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
1989 “The Gallery Artists”, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
1988 “Fresh Paint: The Young Generation in Israeli Art”, Tel Aviv Museum of art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Curators: Elen Ginton and Yigal Zalmona (catalogue)
“Nine Israeli Artists”, Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Curator: Nira Itzhaki (catalogue)
1987 “Figure – Portrait”, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.
Visual Arts Center, Be’er-Sheva.
J. Robert Fisher Hall, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem, Curator: Nira Itzhaki
1985 Alon Gallery, Jerusalem
Scholarships and awards:
2017 The Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport Award in the Visual Arts
2010 “Supporting the arts award”, The Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport
1981 Excellence Grand awarded by the “Ir Va-em” Foundation for the Advancement of Culture and Art, Tel Aviv
Publications by Yossi Mark:
“Mila Choveket Mabat Chovek Mila, Moznaim, 4, 2012
“On Relevance of Caravaggio’s Creation” , Moznaim, 3, 2002
“The Yearning to be Saved from Vagueness”, Hakatedra, 10, 2000
Studio, 100 (1, 2) 1999
Moznaim, 10 (72), 1988
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.