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Gilad Efrat

(1969 - )


Ansaar II
Ansaar IV
City I
City II
Landscape I
Landscape II
Landscape III


Israel / United States


Gilad Efrat was born in 1969 in Beer-sheva, Israel. In 1995, he received his B.F.A. from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He earned his M.F.A in 2003 while studying at The Hebrew University and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. In 2004, he became the Core Artist-in-Residence at The The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. He has also served as an active lecturer in various departments such as Fine Arts, and Fashion Design in places such as Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (Israel), Shenkar College (Israel) and Rice University (Texas).

His first solo exhibition was in 1997 at The Hakibbutz gallery in Tel Aviv. Since then, he has participated in numerous groups and solo shows in museums and galleries throughout Italy, Germany, Israel, Denmark, Scotland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Austria, New York and Texas. Recently, he was seen in 2005 in group exhibitions: Core 2005, at the Glassell school of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, and at the Martin Gropius house in Berlin, Germany, in an exhibition called "Nine Hebrews - A Century of Art in Israel."

"Gilad Efrat's paintings are based on photographic documentation of unknown origin-the photographer's name and the site's identity remain undisclosed. Unless they have the power to serve as testimony to a physical or mental state, as is evident in the Ansaar paintings, they are not mere documentation of an actual place. This allows "No Man's Land" to serve as Every Land and Every Man. It seems that Efrat reflects on the notion of his own blurred identity through his painting, within the boundaries of art and beyond. In these paintings, he tries to isolate himself within a significant genre, as well as significant philosophical, moral and existential standpoints, in a world that on the one hand, seemingly, holds no more boundaries but is, on the other hand, a world where the danger or fear of losing one's own identity is imminent."

Excerpt from: The Height of Painting is Ultimate Silence -The Land of No Man - Idit Porat

Further Reading

2005 Gilad Efrat, No man's land, By Subtraction (text by Laura Cherubini). Gilad Efrat (text by Alfredo Pirri). The Height of Painting is Ultimate Silence -The Land of No Man (text by Idit Porat). Series: Skira / Ordaria. Skira Italy.

2003 Ruins Revisited: The Image of the Ruin in Israel 1803-2003, (text by Gideon Ofrat) Time for Art-Israeli Art Center, Tel-Aviv.

2002 Vered Zafran Gani, All About Stones, Fortifications, and Apertures: Culture/Nature Relations in the Work of Gilad Efrat.

2001 Vered Zafran Gani, Gilad Efrat: The body posited as delay.

2000 Not To Be Looked At: Unseen Sites in Israel Today (text by Sarit Shapira). Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

1999 Tales of the Sands: Contemporary Israeli Art, (text by Graeme Murray and Sarit Shapira), The fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

1999 Skin - Deep: Surface and Appearance in Contemporary Art, (text by Suzanne Landau), The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

1998 To the East: Orientalism in the Arts in Israel, (curator: Yigal Zalmona and written by Tamar Manor-Friedman), The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

1998 Gilad Efrat: Surface. The Archaeologist, the Photographer and Painter's Neighbor (conversation between Larry Abramson and Gilad Efrat). Aerial Archaeology (text by Barukh Brimer), Herzliya Museum of Art.

1997 History and Destruction of Israel Landscape (exhibition essay by Tali Tamir), Hakibbutz Gallery, Tel Aviv.