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Gil Shachar's works explore the concept of sight; what the viewer sees and what they have yet to see. His pieces, with their shrouded subjects, evoke many different feelings about tasks of the everyday as well as our fears. By covering what the viewer assumes to be the subject of a work, one begins to wonder what the piece would look like when uncovered. This idea of covering can be likened to that of a revelation, but while covered, the subject is at its most vulnerable. Shachar's works therefore present the viewer with a very uneasy and delicate situation impossible to remedy.
He is the winner of the Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Award for Sculpture and the Ingeborg Bachmann-Award, originally founded by Anselm Kiefer. Since his arrival to Europe in 1996 he has received numerous grants, along with grants from: The Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf Scholarship, Schleswig Holstein Artist´s House Scholarship, Eckernfoerde Scholarship, Barkenhoff Worpswede Scholarship, Atelier Scholarship Moenchengladbach, The Wilhelm Lehmbruck Scholarship and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, among others.
He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, US and Israel. Solo shows include the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Staedtische Museen Heilbronn, The Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Museum Liner, Appenzell and The Tate Liverpool. His work is in the collections of the Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Center of International Sculpture, Duisburg, Museum Goch, The Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1965, he has lived and worked in Germany since 1996.
1994-1996 Teaching Art at The kunsthøgskolen i bergen akademiet, University of Essen, Hamidrasha Art College, Ramat Hasharon & at The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
1988-92 studies at Hamidrasha Art College, Ramat Hasharon / Israel
Prizes and Scholarships
2005 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant
2003 Leube Baustoffe, Artist in Residence Program, Austria
2001 Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf
1999 Schleswig-Holstein Artist´s House, Eckernfoerde
1998 Barkenhoff Scholarship, Worpswede
1998 Atelier Scholarship, Moenchengladbach
1996 Wilhelm Lehmbruck Scholarship, Duisburg
1994 Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, founded by Anselm Kiefer, Jerusalem
1993 Artist/Teacher Award, Ministry of Education, Jerusalem
1992 The America-Israel Cultural Foundation Award, Tel Aviv
1991 The America-Israel Cultural Foundation Award, Tel Aviv