Shay Kun is an Israeli-born and New York-based artist. With both parents being artists, he was introduced to the artistic field at a young age and has been painting fervently since childhood. He earned his B.F.A. at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (1998), and went on to receive his Master's degree at Goldsmiths College in London, England (2000).
The culmination of his artistic process was the development of an acute awareness of his specific place in today’s visual culture - somewhere between the historical concept of fine art and the contemporary digital and electronic imagery so central to his generation’s experience. Characteristic are his naturalistically painted and romantic landscapes - in style and subject matter reminiscent of the Hudson River School - which always have an artificial and sometimes even absurd taste to it.
Kun has been showing extensively in the past several years on the international circuit, mainly across the U.S. and Europe. Group exhibitions as well as important solo shows. In 2009 Kun's work was exhibited in the show 'Animamix' at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Shanghai, China.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014: Untitled, Michael Schultz Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2013: An Extra, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Feast and Famine, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL
2012: Domestic Sticky Wildlife, Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Be First, Be Smarter or Cheat, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY
2011: Rebreather, Lamotagne Gallery, Boston, MA
VOLTA NY, 'Take Off', New York, NY
2010: Exfoliations, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY
Overcast, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Slack Tide, Lamontagne Gallery, Boston, MA
2009: Opportunities multiply as they are seized, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
2008: Nails & Feathers, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY
2007: 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
2006: Melting Midlands, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY
2005: I Care Because You do Too, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY
1999: Desktop-The Reunion, Efrat Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1992: Gesher Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Born in Israel in 1974