Ido Michaeli

Ido Michaeli (b. 1980, Petah Tikva) multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He holds an MFA (2010) and a BFA (2005) from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.

Michaeli’s works blur the boundary between craftsmanship and art: he collaborates on long-term projects with traditional crafters such as Afghan carpet-makers, Chinese needle-workers, Palestinian tailors and Ethiopian embroiderers. He creates mesmerizing, highly detailed images and sends them oversees to be hand-woven on luxurious fabrics. His finished products are accompanied by a video that documents the laborious process.

Michaeli’s works are encyclopedic, rich with symbols appropriated from ancient and modern history, religion, art, contemporary Israeli culture, and some born of his own imagination. By juxtaposing and recontextualizing these diverse symbols, he creates composites with multilayered, tension-fraught identities.

In weaving different heritages and histories together, both in process and product, Michaeli raises questions of orientalism, identity politics and global economy.

Michaeli has exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY; Meislin projects, New York, NY; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya; Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv; and HaKibbutz Gallery, Tel Aviv.  He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions at galleries and museums, among them: Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY; NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY; Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Russian Museum of Ethnography, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Lorimoto Gallery, Queens, NY; Ashdod Museum, Ashdod; Neues Museum, Weimar, Germany; Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv; and The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon. Michaeli is the recipient of several awards and grants, such as the Biatris S. Koliner Award for Young Artists (2017), the Israel Ministry of Finance Wake Up Art Grant (2017), Pioneer Works studio grant (2015), Israel Ministry of Culture and Sports Young Artist Award (2015), New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) IAP (2014). Michaeli was awarded an Artport Tel Aviv residency for 2013-2014.

Michaeli’s work belongs in several private and public collections including the Israel Museum collection, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art collection, Haaretz Art Collection, Igal Ahouvi Art Collection, and START collection.

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Electricity Garden

Silk printing on ceramic tiles, 2014 503X381 cm

Black Panther Got Loose from the Bronx Zoo

Hand-woven tapestry (Gobelin) Wool and cotton 243x243 cm 2017

The Love Story of The Queen of Sheba and King Solomon

Video from "Ethiopian Curtain of the Ark" exhibition at Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art 2012

Bank Hapoalim Carpet

2015 251x320 cm Hand-woven wool and silk wall carpet

Two Roses

2017 permanent display at Ha'aretz building, Tel Aviv, Israel Two stained glass windows
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