A figurative painter working predominantly with oils and charcoal, Yoni Zohar’s work focuses on people-scapes, capturing impressions of Israel's dynamic urban landscapes and daily life.
his paintings convey the rhythm of Israel’s bustling and chaotic streets, suggesting that while the instant portrayed in the work is suspended in time, reality outside the canvas carries on.
the urban eco-system provides a backdrop against which people ebb and flow, and includes a plethora of Israel’s cultural symbols, both the easily recognizable iconic ones and those that are familiar only to locals.
Zohar’s paintings encapsulate an exchange, a dialogue between the observer and the observed: the stories of the city play themselves out before the artist, waiting to be discovered and expressed.
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Zohar studied at in New York, Amsterdam, and the “Avni” Institute in Tel Aviv.
He went on to apprentice in the style of the classic Italian atelier under the tutelage of Aram Gershuni and David Nipo at the Tachana School of Figurative Painting in Tel Aviv.
Today, Zohar works at his studio in Tel Aviv. He has spent time as a resident painter at the Mana Contemporary in Chicago, served as a juried member at the Palette&Chisel Art Academy in Chicago, and currently teaches adult classes in fundamental and advanced painting techniques.