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.
Born November 28. 1945, Baghdad, Iraq
Lives & Works in Israel and New York City
1972 – 74 M.F.A., San Francisco State University, San Francisco,
1972 – 73 M.A., J.F.K. University, Orinda, California, USA
1971 California College of Arts, Oakland, California, USA
1966 – 70 The Avni Institute of Fine Arts, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Grants & Awards
2015 The Legacy Project
2013 A Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant
2007 The Emily Harvey Foundation, Fellowship to Venice, Italy.
2004 DAAD Fellowship to Berlin, Germany.
2000 Niche Award for sculpture.
1996 Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant.
1992 Guest Artist Fellowship, Artists Union, U.S.S.R.
1990 Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant.
MacDowell Colony Residency, NH, USA
1984 National Endowment for the Arts.
1983 New York State Council on the Arts, A.R.E.A. Project.
1982 Muestra Int. de Obra Grafica, Bilbao, Spain.
1970 Ministry of Culture, Israel.
1966 – 1970 America Israel Culture Foundation, Israel.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 Made in the USA, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, NY
Works from the 70's, Chelouche Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2014 Minding the Surface,the NY University Kimmel Center Galleries, New York
2013 Hidden Traces, Chelouche Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Footprints of Identity, Schmalfuss Gallery Berlin, Germany
2012 New Works, Galerie Christine Rother, Wiesbaden, Germany (catalogue)
2011 90 Days of Berlin, Germany House Gallery, New York, NY, USA (catalogue)
Al Naharot Bavel, The Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center, Or-Yehuda, Israel
2009 Paintings and Photoworks, Galler 40 Rother, Wiesbaden, Germany
2007 Industrial Baroque, Painting, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, N.Y. (Catalogue)
2005 90 Days of Berlin: Sculpture, Paintings & Drawings, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY, USA (catalogue)
2004 – 05 Journey with Me Sculpture, German Embassy, Washington. D.C., USA (catalogue)
2003 – 04 Splendid Step Sculpture, Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, New York, NY, USA
(commissioned by the City of New York/Parks & Recreation)
2003 Journey with Me Sculpture, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, USA (catalogue)
Painting and Sculpture, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY, USA (catalogue)
2002 Journey With Me Sculpture 1984-2000, in collaboration with Laumeier Sculpture Park, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA (catalogue)
2000 Blue Highway, Haifa Museum, Haifa, Israel (catalogue)
Summer Blue drawings and paintings, ZDF, New York, NY, USA
1999 Sculpture and Drawing, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV, USA (catalogue)
Paintings 1992-1996, Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL, USA
Journey With Me Sculpture 1984-1997, Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, Mt.Vernon, IL, USA (catalogue)
1998 Zigi Ben-Haim, And Now public Sculptures, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1997 – 98 Journey With Me Sculpture 1984-1997, Fordham University, Sculpture Garden at Lincoln Center, New York, NY, USA (catalogue)
1997 Paintings & Drawings, Chelouche Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1996 Leaf Path, Curated by Maggie Nolan, Ann Harper Gallery, Amagansett, NY, USA
1995 Windows '95, ZDF German T.V., New York, NY, USA
1994 Benshahn Galleries, WPC Collage, Wayne, NJ, USA (catalogue).
Scattered Echo, Chelouche Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel (catalogue).
1989 – 91 The Dance, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University,
Ithaca, NY, USA (traveling exhibition, (catalogue).
1989 Works on Paper, Gallery Andreas Tornberg, Lund, Sweden
1987 Jewish Museum Sculpture Court, New York, NY, USA
1986 Walking Field, Project Room, P.S. 1, Queens, NY, USA
Façade Gallery, Paris, France
1985 Baumgartner Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
1984 Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel (catalogue)
Works on paper, Gallery Andreas Tornberg, Lund, Sweden
1980 Annemarie De Kruijff, Paris, France
1978 Munro Gallery, Hamburg, West Germany
1977 Bertha Urdang Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel (catalogue)
1976 Bertha Urdang Gallery, New York, New York (catalogue)
2016 Untitled, Group Exhibition, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
From NYC to Berlin, Art Scouts Gallery, Germany
2015 Galerie Rother Winter, Wiesbaden, Germany
2014 Environmental Impact: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art
Foundation, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, California
2013 Calligraffiti: 1984-2013, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Markers VII ‘Mapping’, The International Artists’ Museum, Venice, Italy
2010 NASA Art: 50 years of Exploration, Washington D.C.
Paintings and Photoworks, Art Hamptons, Artventures Gallery, Bridge Hampton, NY
2009 Works on Paper, Chelouche Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2008 KIAF, Art Fair, Korea
Photo Miami, Miami, USA
2007 Gallery Artists, Chelouche Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2005 The Kreeger Museum, Washington D.C.
2004 Sculpture, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
Enchantment, Wave Hill, N.Y.
The International Armory Show, Stefan Stux Gallery Booth, Pier 90, New York, NY (catalogue)
2003 Wandering Library, International Artists’ Museum, Venice, Italy
Works from the Collection, Jewish Museum, New York, NY
The International Armory Show, Stefan Stux Gallery Booth, Pier 90, New York, NY, (catalogue)
2002 Spirit of New York, 25 NY artists, 55 Wall St., New York, NY
Reactions, Exit Art, New York, NY
1999 Works from the 70's, Tel-Aviv Museum, Israel
1998 Chelouche Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Small Paintings, Wainscott Gallery, Wainscott, NY
1996 Paper, Wainscott Gallery, Wainscott, NY
Blue & White, Binet Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1995 Works of the '70's, Chelouche Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1994 Basel International Art fair, Basel, Switzerland
1993 Action Traces, Chelouche Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Monumental Propaganda, ICI Traveling Show, USA/Russia
Sculpture Biennale, Ein Hod, Israel (catalogue)
Drawing, B4A Gallery, New York, NY
1922 Invitational, Bill Base Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Art Cologne, Chelouche Gallery, Cologne, Germany
Collage: New Applications, curated by William Zimmer, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, NY
1990 Drawings, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY
1989 From the Frederick Weisman Collection, Neuberger Museum, New York, NY
Art Aluminum, Muse Le Technigue, Montreal, Canada
1988 Embodiment Personification, Art In General, New York, NY
New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
The Candor of Form, 1 World Trade Center, New York, NY
Bali Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Nina Freudenheim Gallery, New York, NY
1987 56 Bleecker Street Gallery, New York, NY
Constructs, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY
1986 Paper Now, Cleveland Museum, Cleveland, Ohio
Snug Harbor, Outdoor Sculpture, Staten Island, NY
Transculture Transmedia, Exit Art Gallery, New York, NY
Monumental Drawings: Works by 22 Contemporary American Artists, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1985 Public Art in the Eighties, curated by Jean E. Feinberg, Jamie Szoke Gallery, New York, NY
From the Museum Collection, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Art & the Environment, Lever House, New York, New York
1985-87 2nd International Shoebox Sculpture – traveling exhibition, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii (catalogue)
1985-86 Immigrant Artists/ American Experience 1940-85 – traveling exhibition, Independent Curators Inc. (catalogue)
1984-89 Frederick R. Weisman Foundation for Traveling Art Exhibitions (catalogue)
1983-85 Groovy Grove – Sculpture on Shoreline Sites, A.R.E.A. Project, Wards Island, NY (catalogue; via NYS Council For The Arts Grant)
1983 Ornaments as Sculpture, Sculpture Center, New York, NY
C.D.S. Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Blackfish Gallery, Drawings, Portland, Oregon
Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Tel-Hai, Contemporary Art Meeting, Israel (catalogue)
Bayer Museum, Evanston, Illinois
U.S.A. Today Newspaper Company, Washington D.C. (catalogue)
Varieties of Sculptural Ideas, Drawings & Maquettes, Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, NY
1982 The New Explosion: Paper Arts, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hampstead, NY (catalogue)
Pair Group, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
International Sculpture Conference, Speaker & Exhibitor, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA.
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, NY
Arteder 82, Muestra International de Obra Grafica, Bilbao, Spain (catalogue).
1981 Gallery Mors Moessa, Gothenburg, Sweden
Wall Paper/ Roompaper, Laica, Los Angeles, CA
Basel International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
Tel-Aviv Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel
The Work of Twenty Contemporary Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA
1980 Basel, International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
With Paper About Paper, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (catalogue)
Forecast of the Season, Touchstone, New York, NY
1979 Basel, International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
Gallery Loyse Oppenheim, Nyon, Switzerland
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Alexandra Monett, Brussels, Belgium
1978 Touchstone Gallery, New York, NY
International Kunstmarkt, Düsseldorf, West Germany
Six Artists, Sara Levi Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Notebook, Gordon Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel (catalogue)
Location/Direction/78, Rammi Nechoshtan Museum, Israel (catalogue)
Basel International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland (catalogue)
Work with Paper, Alexandra Monett Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Paper, The Dayton Art Institute, Ohio (catalogue)
The Ohio State University Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Davis Art Gallery, Akron, Ohio (catalogue)
1977 New Acquisitions, Tel-Aviv Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Bertha Urdang Gallery, New York, NY
1975 Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Selected Outdoor Public Sculpture
PoeTree, President, Tel-Aviv, Israel
PoeTree, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Israel
PoeTree, A sculpture garden, Valbonne, France
“Photoworks,” Heart Center, Chaim, Sheba Medical Center, Israel
“Splendid Step”, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY U.S.A.
“On the Main Road”, Ra’anana, Israel
Sculptures, Topor Sculpture Garden, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Israel
“Sea of Time”, Ashkelon, Israel
“The Bright Side of Tomorrow”, School, Gates and Fences, Ma’ale Hacdomim, Israel
“Chariot of Time", University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA
"The Dance", Art Acres Sculpture Park, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
"A Note in the Green", Tel-Aviv, Israel
"Legion of Titans", Tel-Aviv, Israel
"Beyond the Halting Step of Deeds", Riverdale, New York, USA
"Blooming Stone", Frederick Weisman Foundation of Art, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
"Rolling Rock", River Hill Sculpture, Livingstone, New Jersey, U.S.A.
"Vintage Breeze", The Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY, U.S.A.
"Wind Hunter", Jerusalem, Israel
"Rising Path", Phillip Berman Museum, Ursinus College, Coegevie, PA, U.S.A.
"Blooming Stone", Frederick Weisman Foundation of Art, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
Selected Public Collections
Marina Hotel Art Collection, Tel Aviv, Israel
Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, NY
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
Israel Air Force Center Foundation, Tel-Aviv, Israel
NASA, Houston, Texas
Bank Leumi USA, Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Pfizer Company Collection, New York, NY
Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Haifa Museum, Haifa, Israel
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
New School, New York, NY
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Malmo Museum, Malmo, Sweden.
Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Ghent Museum, Ghent, Belgium.
American National Gallery, Washington D.C.
Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead, NY
Buscaglia-Castellanni, University Museum, Lewiston, NY
Dan Eilat Hotel, Israel.
International Paper Company, New York, NY
World Bank, Washington D.C.
Davis Polk & Wordwell, New York, NY
Westminster Bank, New York, NY
Israel Embassy, Washington D.C.
Frederick R. Weisman, Los Angeles, CA.
Rikers Hill Sculpture Park, Livingston, NJ
Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Bank Leumi USA, Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
2013 Goldberg, Nina, "Zigi Ben-Haim – Footprints of Identity," Jewish Business News, July 9, 2013, website
Lingemann, Susanne, “Hidden Poetry Revealed,” SoHo Life Magazine, May 2013
2012 “New Works; Zigi Ben-Haim,” Exhibition at Galerie Christine Rother, catalogue
2011 "Zigi Ben-Haim and His Elements of Survival" – German Missions in the United States, website
2010 Tobias, Allen “At Sotheby’s, a new star in the art constellation, Zigi Ben-Haim” NY Cultural Arts Examiner, The Examiner, March 30
Artist Profile, “Who’s Who in America”
2009 NASA 50 Years of Exploration, NY Times
2007 Beth Wilson, Industrial Baroque, exhibition catalogue
Commissions, Sculpture Magazine, June 2007
Yam Hameiri, Yedioth America, Yedioth Aharonot, Zigi’s World, May 2007
2006 Amit Eytan, World News, Yedioth Aharonot, 2006
2005 Schaff, Trine, “Leaving the Suface,” The Jerusalem Post, September 9, 2005.
Amit, Eitan, “A Hand to Space,” Yediot Aharonot, July 26, 2005
Wilson, Beth, Zigi Ben-Haim, Exhibition Catalogue, May 2005
Ronen, Merav, “We Live in the Studio,” Yediot Aharonot, March 25, 2005
“Culture, Interview with Israeli Artist Zigi Ben-Haim,” The Week in Germany,
March 4, 2005
2004 Wei, Lilly “Grounds for sculpture”, Sculpture Magazine. Review, May 2004,
2003 Wei, Lilly, Sculpture and Painting Exhibition at Stefan Stux Gallery, catalogue
Adelson, Fred B., “Sculptures share space with Strutting Peacocks”, The New
York Times, Sunday, June 22, 2003
Rivera, F.R., “Grounds for Sculpture”, In the Galleries, June 20, 2003
2001 Schull, Mike, “Organic Contradiction”, Lifestyles, Thursday, May 18, 2001
2000 Gaff, Jan, “Touring the art of Zigi Ben-Haim”, The Starr Press, Friday, May 26,
Talmore, Daniella, Curator “Blue Sea of Water” catalogue
1998 Morgan, Robert, “Zigi Ben-Haim Sculpture,” Review Magazine, April 26, 1998
1997 Thaul Wechter, Dr, Vivian. Curator “Journey With Me” sculptures 1984 – 1987
1996 Slivka, Rose C.S., “From the Studio,” The East Hampton Star, September 26, 1996
Braff, Phyllis, “Varied Work, Veering Far From Traditional,” The New York Times, September 8, 1996
1994 Zimmer, William, "Three Shows that Demonstrate the Importance of Imagination," The New York Times, October 9, 1994
1993 Ronen, Meir, "Zigi Ben-Haim at Chelouche Gallery," Jerusalem Post, 1993
1992 "Artist Love New York," Review, New York Post, 1992
1991 Cologne International Art Fair, Cologne, Germany, Exhibition Catalogue, 1991
1989 Bernstock, Judith E., "The Dance," Sculpture Magazine, July/August 1989.
Zimmer, William, "The Candor of Form," Sculpture Magazine, November 1989
"Art in New York," Idea Magazine, published in Tokyo, Japan, August 1989
1988 Kimmelmand, Michael, "Sculptors Make A Case of Expression," The New York Times, August 19, 1988
1987 Lutto, Rebecca Schlam, "Artists Pump Life Into Shapes", Jewish Standard, Jan 2, 1987
Malarcher, Patricia, "Paper's Third Dimension In Paramus," The New York Times, Jan 18, 1987
1986 Kotik, Charlotta, "Monumental Drawings: Works by 22 Contemporary American Artists,” Exhibition Catalogue, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, September, 1986
Marter, Joan, "Contradictory Worlds: The Art of Zigi Ben-Haim," Arts Magazine, November 1986
Maier, Sue, "Using Cast-Off Materials to Create Art," Cleveland Jewish News, Dec. 12, 1985
1985 Brenson, Michael, "Environmental Works," The New York Times, March 1, 1985
Coleman, Nicols, "Tricks of the Abstract," The Washington Post, March 7, 1985
Kohen, Helen L., "Bass Show Explores Dual Legacy of Immigrant Artists,"
The Miami Herald, November 10, 1985
Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Art, catalogue, 1985
1984 "The Second International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition", catalogue, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1984
Bar-Kadma, Emanoel, "The Israeli Experience of the 'Wind Hunter'," Yediot Acharonot, October 1984
Brenson, Michael, "Animals Creep Back into Today's Art," The New York Times, June 24, 1984
Dee Jonathan, "Art for Our Sake," Promenade Magazine, March 1984
Raynor, Vivien, "Works Made of Paper Not On It," The New York Times, April 22 1984
Scarborough, Jessica, "Sculptural Paper", Fiber Arts, April 1984
Zalmona, Yigal, "Zigi Ben-Haim, 1984", exhibition catalogue, Israel Museum, Oct. 1983
1983 Bannon, Anthony, "Artistry in Paper," The Buffalo News, October 16, 1983
Barzel, Amnon, "Tel-Hai '83, Contemporary Meeting," exhibition catalogue, Tel-Hai, Israel, September
Ben-Haim, Tsipi, "Contemporary Art Meeting Tel-Hai '83," Sculptors
International Magazine, November 198
Brenson, Michael, "Sculpture of Summer is in Full Bloom," The New York Times, July 8, 1983
Brouwer, Bert, "Paper Transformed," exhibition catalogue, Turman Gallery, Indiana State University, March 1983
Silverman, Dorthea M., "Sculpture on Shoreline Sites," exhibition catalogue, Ward's Island, New York, June 1983
Stark, Joannam "Ben-Haim: Art in the Urban Forest," The Israel Economist, April 1983
Tullp, Judd, "Paper Chase," Portfolio Magazine, May 1983
"On or About Paper," exhibition catalogue, U.S.A. Today Headquarters, October 16, 1982
1982 lomenhaft, Eleanor, "The New Explosion," exhibition catalogue, Fine Art Museum of Long Island, November 1982
Harrison, Helen A., "Exploring the Possibilities of Paper," The New York Times, December 19, 1982
Zimmer, William, "Zigi Ben-Haim: Work In Progress," exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of Hamilton, October, 1982
Menzies, Neal, "Expanding Paper's Potential," Art Week Magazine, October 1981
1981 Kotik, Charlotta, "With Paper About Paper," exhibition catalogue, Albright Knox Art Gallery, September 1980
1980 Rudy, Stephen, "Tracing the Difference: An Introduction to the Work of Zigi Ben-Haim," April 1978
1978 Nechoshtan, Rammi, "Location/Direction/78," exhibition catalogue, Israel, 1978
"Location/Direction/78," review, Heute Kunst, May 1978
1977 Mainardi, Pat, review, Arts Magazine, February 1977
"Zigi Ben-Haim," exhibition catalogue, Bertha Urdang Gallery, July 1977
1975 Frackmen, Noel, review, Arts Magazine, May 1975
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.