Shay Kun

A Place of Execution / 2012 / Oil on canvas / 65.5" x 40" / PLS INQ
Never Have I Ever / 2012 / Oil on canvas / 28" x 16.5" / PLS INQ
Armed and Dangerous / 2010 / Oil on canvas / 65" x 55" / PLS INQ
Cyanide and Happiness / 2012 / Oil on canvas / 80" x 48" / PLS INQ
Before I Fall / 2012 / Oil on canvas / 48" x 36" / TBD
Obedience / 2012 / Oil on canvas / Diameter 60" / PLS INQ
All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers / 2012 / Oil on canvas / Diameter 60" / PLS INQ
Style of Radical Will / 2012 / Oil on canvas / 60" diameter / PLS INQ
The Splendor Falls / 2011 / Oil on canvas / 65" x 55" / PLS INQ
Island of the Blue Dolphins / 2011 / Oil on canvas / 48" x 44" / PLS INQ
A short History of Nearly Everything / 2011 / Oil on canvas / 62" x 58" / PLS INQ
Spin / 2011 / Oil on canvas / 30" x 30" / PLS INQ
Myths of the Near Future / 2011 / Oil on canvas / 30" x 80" / PLS INQ

Born in Israel in 1974
Lives and works in New York


2000 – MA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London, England
1998 – BA in Fine Art, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Untitled, Michael Schultz Gallery, Berlin, Germany

An Extra, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Feast and Famine, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL

Domestic Sticky Wildlife, Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Be First, Be Smarter or Cheat, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY

Rebreather, Lamotagne Gallery, Boston, MA
VOLTA NY, “Take Off,” New York, NY

Exfoliations, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY
Overcast, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Slack Tide, Lamontagne Gallery, Boston, MA

Opportunities multiply as they are seized, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

Nails & Feathers, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY

Old Flames Don’t Die Out They Build New Fires, Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Perversion Is The Love We Feel When Others Feel Love, SEVENTEEN Gallery, London, UK

Melting Midlands, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY

I Care Because You do Too, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY

Desktop-The Reunion, Efrat Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Gesher Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Selected Group Exhibitions

Jew York, Untitled Gallery, New York, NY
100 Little Deaths, BravinLee Programs, New York, NY

Summer Exhibition, Zemack Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Figuration Y?, Galerie Favardin & De Verneuil, Paris, France
Illoulian Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
SIGHT (UN)SCENE, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY
Good Intentions, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Russ and Liz Ultimate Playlist, Four Eleven Studio, Provincetown, MA
Update your Reality, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin, Germany
Art Cologne, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Cologne, Germany
Savage Grace, Russell Projects, Richmond, VA
Pulse NY, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY
Fresh Paint, Israeli Art Fair, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Law of the Jungle, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY
Interrupted Landscape, Champion Contemporary, Austin, TX
Generations, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Fresh Apples, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Sky Was Yellow, Sun Was Blue, Russell Projects, Richmond, VA
LABA, 14TH Street Y, New York, NY
The Artist’s Guide to the L.A. Galaxy, West Los Angeles College Art Gallery, L.A.

Animamix, The Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum, China
Golden Record: Sounds of Earth, The Collection, Lincoln, England
Three Painters, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY

In Your Face, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY
Pole Shift, Project Gentili, Berlin, Germany
Somewhere To Elsewhere, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
Pulse Art Fair, Saatchi online, New York
Golden Record, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fresh Paint, Israeli Art Fair, Tel Aviv, Israel
London Confidential, MEWS 42, London, UK
Artfutures, Bloomberg Space, London, UK

Holiday!, BUIA Gallery, NY
…A Landscape Show, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
Slick Art Fair, Vanessa Suchar, Paris, France
Sunny, Clear and Cool, BUIA Gallery, NY
The Most Curatorial Biennial, Apexart, NY
The Juddykes, John Jones Gallery, London, UK
Subreality, Aftermodern Gallery, SF
Reddot Art Fair, Vanessa Suchar booth, New York
Invisible Jet, Buia Gallery, NY

Winter Salon, Lesley Heller Gallery, NY
Bridge Art Fair, Vanessa Suchar, Miami
Art 212, Aftermodern Gallery, NY
Learning How to Make New Friends, Mackb Gallery, Florida, U.S.A
Shifting Landscapes, Aftermodern Gallery, SF
Breezer, BUIA Gallery, NY
Draw_Drawing 2, The Foundry (in conjunction with London Biennial), London, UK
The Pop Art Show, The Kaufmann Arcade, NY

Children of the Grave, the Agency, London, UK
Our World, World Arts Media, New York, NY
Utopia, Fournos Center For Digital Art, Athens, Greece
Poles Apart / Poles Together, 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
In the Ring, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY
This dream, America, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY
Tsunami Benefit Auction, at Philips de Pury, New York, NY
Wandering, a part of Artis05′ (Israeli Art Week), Makor, NY
“…and death”, New Space Gallery, Manchester College, CT

Boundless Joint, Oslo, Norway
The Peekskill Project, HVCCA, Peekskill, NY
Wandering Library, Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland
Draw_Drawing, Gallery 32 (in conjunction with London Biennial), London, UK
Primo, Buia Gallery, New York, NY
Feast or Famine: Artists and Food, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Social Order, Buia Gallery, New York, NY
Raid Projects, The Armory Show, New York, NY
Sub-Plot, Barthelemy Gallery, New York, NY
The Mouth Breathers, Nurture Art Gallery, New York, NY

Banners III, Lubbock, TX
The Bill Clinton Show, Locus Media Gallery, New York, NY
Puppy Love, Pelham Art Center, Westchester, NY
Eickholt Gallery, New York, NY

PoT, Joint Exhibition, Gallery Fortes Villaca, Sau Paulo, Brazil
PoT, Joint Exhibition, Liverpool Bianalle, Liverpool, England
Artists Respond, Joint Exhibition, Somerville Museum of Art, Boston, MA

Hi Falutin’, Hi Kickin’, VTO Gallery, London, England
Egotripping, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, England
Plastic Sheet, A.A. Silver Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Cream, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Glamour Hammer, The Boxing Ring, London, England

Assembly, Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths College, Stepney City, London, England
Master’s Degree Show, Goldsmiths College, London, England
Outhouse, The Rich and Famous Gallery, London, England
Brainstorm, Curators’ Space, Goldsmiths College, London, England

Graduates’ Exhibition, Fine Arts Department, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem


Makor Artist in Residence, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY


Homeland Lessons, Loushy Art & Editions, Tel Aviv, Israel
A Shell of A Man, Loushy Art & Editions, Tel Aviv, Israel


Tomer Ganihar, “Pop surrealist Shay Kun says the Holocaust is in his
DNA”, Haaretz Newspaper, February 6th, 2013
Shay Kun/ Linda Warren Projects, New Art City Chicago, Feb 2nd, 2013

‘Shay Kun Feast & Famine and Doug Fogelson: Potpourri’, The Visualist Chicago, Dec 14th, 2012
Sapna Mthur, ‘Natural Causes Have Surreal Effects’, EMAHO Creative.Journalism¸ Sept 13th, 2012
Amir Fallah, ‘Shay Kun’s Photo Realistic Dreamlike Paintings’ , Beautiful/Decay Mag, Aug 31st, 2012
Katya Tylevich, ‘Holocaust Toys’, Elephant Magazine, Issue #11, Summer 2012
Charley Cameron, Pelican Bomb, “Last Call: Shay Kun at Martine Chaisson Gallery,” March 28th, 2012
Jarring Earth Invaders, Huffington Post, February 6, 2012

Ryan Max, Rooms Magazine, Issue #7, December 2011
Cate McQuaid, “Making their concept accessible,” Boston Globe, December 20, 2011
Shane Ferro, “Expanding to Los Angeles, the Affordable Art Fair Hopes to Woo a New Pool of Budget-
Conscious Buyers,”, August 26, 2011
Martina Kaden, ‘Three Young Israelis Show Their Art.’ B.Z. Berlin newspaper, July 29, 2011
Ebony Bolt, Pulse Art Fair Event Review – Get the Latest Scoop on the NYC Fair, Splash Magazines,
March 16, 2011
Leor Grady, ‘Masoret Avangard,’ Yedioth America, March 9, 2011
Little Red Riding Hood to the Fighter/On Our Radar, Huffington Post, February 6, 2011
Armory Week Daily Spotlight, Pulse NY, ARTLOG, February 17, 2011

Saatchi Online, Shay Kun Featured at ‘The Law of The Jungle’ at Lehmann Maupin, December 7, 2010
Tara Kyle, DNAinfo, “Israeli Artist Puts New Twists on Hudson School,” September 29, 2010
Anthony Haden-Guest, The New York Observer, “Back in the New York Groove, The Author Comes
Home and Finds the Art World Changed,” p.50-51, September 28, 2010
Daniel Zilberberg, Interview, “Checking In,” walla culture section, September 14, 2010
Eiseley Tauginas, Blackbook Magazine, “Industry Insiders,” August 2010
Kate McQuaid, Boston Globe, “Echoing and altering the landscape,” February 3, 2010
Critics Pick, ‘Slack Tide’ at Lamotagne Gallery, Boston Globe, 2010

LoDown Magazine, October Issue no.168, Berlin, Germany 2009
Maznaim Magazine, September Issue no.4, Israel (cover back and front) 2009
Biscayne Times, Art Listings, Printed Edition, March 30th, 2009

Brooks, Kimberly. “The Election and Art Swimming in My Head,” The Huffington Post, November 3rd, 2008
Art Futures: The altruistic art fair, Art World Mag, Feb- March, Issue 3, p.11, 2008
Arts Council UK, “News: Artfutures – Own Art” , February 15th, 2008

Meredith Etherington-Smith, “Letter from London”,, January 26, 2007
Shay Kun At Seventeen,, February 11, 2007
Beth Greenacre,, January 30th, 2007
John Stones. “American Dreams”, Design Week Magazine, January 11th, 2007
Tiffany Martini, “Subreality, A New View Of Pop Art”, The SF Examiner, April 3rd, 2007
Dana Gilerman, “A Free Developing Market”, Haaretz Newspaper, February 7th, 2007
Shay Kun at Seventeen,, February 5th, 2007
John-Paul Pryor, “Shay Kun Chocolate’s Box Paintings”, Dazed Digital, February 1st, 2007
Jane Neal, Shay Kun: Saatchi Online Critic’s Choice, August 6th, 2007
Kende Gyorgy, “Exhibitions”, Uj Kelet Hungarian Weekly, December, 2007
Meni Peer, “Maga Shel Rahav”, BIG TIME Magazine, p.54, October 2007
Megan And Murray, “A Landscape Show At Samson Projects”, September, 2007

Shay Kun, BA, MA, Cocksoft Art News, December 24th, 2006
Merrily Kerr/ Ruth Perez Chaves: Shay Kun, Recent Paintings 2006-2008 (Cat.)
Mary Evangelista, “On Art”, Maariv Weekend Edition, 14 July, p. 10
Megan Voeller, ‘Lat Rites Of Summer’, Creative Loafing, 25 October, 2006

Tochin Andrea, “Wandering”, NY Press, January, Volume 18 No.3, P.48, 2005.
Consulate General of Israel Cultural Department, January-February, 2005.
Whats Up!, New York, NY, January, 2005
Moyal, Raviv. “The Big Apple Falls Close to the Tree.” Maariv International Ed., 14 January. p. 46

Cerbini, Lorenza, “Alla Buia Gallery si Festeggia con ‘Primo,’” America Oggi, 27 June, 2004, p. 9.
Jon Elliot, “The Mouth Breathers at NURTUREart.” The Greenline, 11-29 February, 2004, p. 11.

New York Magazine, (Intelligencer section), “The Bill Clinton Show”, New York, NY, October.

PoT Exhibition Catalog, Sau Paulo, Brazil, September.
“Artists Respond,” Art New England Reviews, New England, September.
Maariv America, weekend edition, New York, September.

Time Out Magazine London Art Review, London, England, May.
Time Out Magazine London Art Review, London, England, March.

Assembly Group Exhibition Catalog, London, England, October.
Goldsmiths Master’s Thesis Exhibition Catalog, London, England, July.

Ouie Kelete Hungarian Weekly Paper, Jerusalem, Israel, May.
Studio Art Magazine, Tel-Aviv, Israel, May.

Jewish Week News, Art Section, New York, December 1995

Kun’s current series of works is a hybrid of absurdities, drawing on the sublime in western culture and capturing the grandeur of nature. Take Off focuses on hot air balloons as means for escape and escapism.

“In this newest series of paintings from 2010, Kun has inversed the relationship between natural and artificial. There is no time/space continuum in the background but the foreground remains anchored in the literal world of the hot air balloon. As we drift into the atmosphere, would the earth look warped? The paintings also reference the paradigm shift brought about by Columbus and other explorers that the earth is actually round, not flat. But as we dig deeper into the archeology of knowledge, to borrow a phrase from post-modernity, we realize that Ptolemy the Greek geographer and mathematician of 150 C.E. amassed knowledge from the Alexandria library that the earth was in fact spherical. This knowledge came to be lost and in medieval times people thought the world was flat again. How did something that is a universal truth come to be lost during history? These paintings may describe the intellectual thought of when humans rediscovered the earth was flat. If they had risen in a hot air balloon high enough and looked down, they may have believed that the earth looked like one of the quadrants of these paintings. This relativity towards knowledge and time fashions Kun’s work. There are no absolute answers or truths. They are all just theories, some of which are better than others.”

Shay Kun is a New York-based artist with a B.F.A. from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (1998) and an M.F.A. from Goldsmiths College in London, England (2000). Kun’s experience of showing both nationally and internationally has culminated in his acute awareness for his place in today’s visual culture – somewhere between the historical concept of fine art and the contemporary digital and electronic imagery central to his generation’s experience.