"My work deals with memory and perception.

The recurring theme of these raindrop paintings is the clarity of the water, the path the water has traveled to its location and the nostalgia such images invoke. Like a film noir still, this painting confront the viewer and bring forth memories from previous times. The fuzzy, off-center colors behind the window are just as we think they should be. As we drive along the interstate of our lives our memories grow hazier in the distance much like looking through the side windows of a moving car and only seeing colors without clear, definitive shapes. These images fade into the distance and while we may remember their general shape or color, they are no longer present and instead become part of our memory. How distorted our memory of these events are is what I am trying to capture. The reality as it happens—looking out of a window on a rainy day—is never remembered exactly as it was. 
Even as memories fade or age, we transform this prior reality. Individually we take details and exaggerate them to fit our needs. Maybe we finished in third place in that race but it was the best race we ran and as such in its retelling we finished second because the other racer had a false start that the officials missed. We should have “been first”. We aspire to be first; we want our memories to make us first and in many cases it requires manipulating these past moments."


Shay Kun Aspen Art Gallery


Shay Kun is an Israeli-born and New York-based artist. He earned his B.F.A. at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (1998), and went on to earn his M.F.A. from Goldsmiths College in London, England (2000). Kun has been showing extensively in the past several years nationally as well as on the international circuit, mainly across the U.S and Europe. The culmination of this 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.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions include “Animamix,” The Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum, China (2009); “Exfoliations,” Benrimon Contemporary, New York (2010); “The Law of the Jungle,” Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York (2010); “Overcast,” Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2010); “Update Your Realty,” Alexander Ochs Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2011); “Rebreather,” Lamontagne Gallery, Boston, MA (2011); “Figuration Y?,” Galerie Favardin & De Verneuil, Paris, France (2012); Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL (2012).

Kun has most recently exhibited his work at Hezi Cohen Gallery in Tel Aviv as well as participated in a group show, Jew York, at Untitled Gallery in New York. He will have an upcoming exhibition in 2014 with Michael Shultz Gallery in Berlin, Germany.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


2015 Sum Of Its Parts, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Nature Does Not Know Extinction; All It Knows Is Transformation, D&F Contemporary, New York, NY


2014 Disambiguation, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA Uproar, 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, Lamontagne 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


Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 The Magical Mystery Tour, Marrow Gallery, San Francisco, CA Black and White, Ameringer/Mcenery/Yohe Gallery, New-York, NY Modern Man, Highfield Hall & Gardens, Falmouth, MA


2014 Artissima Art Fair, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Turin, Italy

Contemporary Painting, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN Cirrus, Dorfman Projects, New-York, NY

SEAL IT, SO.ARTODAY, Tiroche Gallery, Herzliya, Israel

From The Land of Everywhere, Victori Contemporary, New-York, NY Far and Beyond, SO.ARTODAY, Tel Aviv, Israel

Art Work on Skateboards, De Buck Gallery, New-York, NY

Black and White, Lamontagne Gallery, Boston, MA



2013 Rothfeld Collection, American University Museum, Washington, DC PAN Amsterdam, Leslie Smith Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

I Love Shanghai, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai, China Contemplation, The Project Room, Chicago, IL



Jew York, Untitled Gallery, New York, NY

100 Little Deaths, BravinLee Programs, New York, NY



2012 Summer Exhibition, Zemack Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel


Figuration Y?, Galerie Favardin & De Verneuil, Paris, France Illoulian Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

SIGHT (UN)SCENE, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY Good Intentions, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel



2011 Russ and Liz Ultimate Playlist, Four Eleven Studio, Provincetown, MA Update your Reality, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin, Germany

Art Cologne, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Cologne, Germany

Savage Grace, Russell Projects, Richmond, VA


Pulse NY, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY


Fresh Paint, Israeli Art Fair, Tel Aviv, Israel

2010 The Law of the Jungle, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY



Interrupted Landscape, Champion Contemporary, Austin, TX Generations, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Fresh Apples, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Sky Was Yellow, Sun Was Blue, Russell Projects, Richmond, VA LABA, 14TH Street Y, New York, NY


The Artist's Guide to the L.A. Galaxy, West Los Angeles College Art Gallery, L.A. 2009 Animamix, The Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum, China

Golden Record: Sounds of Earth, The Collection, Lincoln, England

Three Painters, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY 2008 In Your Face, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY


Pole Shift, Project Gentili, Berlin, Germany

Somewhere To Elsewhere, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL Pulse Art Fair, Saatchi online, New York

Golden Record, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland Fresh Paint, Israeli Art Fair, Tel Aviv, Israel

London Confidential, MEWS 42, London, UK

Artfutures, Bloomberg Space, London, UK



2007 Holiday!, BUIA Gallery, NY

...A Landscape Show, Samson Projects, Boston, MA Slick Art Fair, Vanessa Suchar, Paris, France Sunny, Clear and Cool, BUIA Gallery, NY

The Most Curatorial Biennial, Apexart, NY

The Juddykes, John Jones Gallery, London, UK Subreality, Aftermodern Gallery, SF

Reddot Art Fair, Vanessa Suchar booth, New York Invisible Jet, Buia Gallery, NY



2006 Winter Salon, Lesley Heller Gallery, NY

Bridge Art Fair, Vanessa Suchar, Miami

Art 212, Aftermodern Gallery, NY

Learning How to Make New Friends, Mackb Gallery, Florida, U.S.A Shifting Landscapes, Aftermodern Gallery, SF



Breezer, BUIA Gallery, NY

Draw_Drawing 2, The Foundry (in conjunction with London Biennial), London, UK The Pop Art Show, The Kaufmann Arcade, NY



2005 Children of the Grave, the Agency, London, UK

Our World, World Arts Media, New York, NY

Utopia, Fournos Center For Digital Art, Athens, Greece

Poles Apart / Poles Together, 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy In the Ring, BUIA Gallery, New York, NY


This dream, America, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY Tsunami Benefit Auction, at Philips de Pury, New York, NY Wandering, a part of Artis05' (Israeli Art Week), Makor, NY "...and death", New Space Gallery, Manchester College, CT


2004 Boundless Joint, Oslo, Norway

The Peekskill Project, HVCCA, Peekskill, NY

Wandering Library, Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland

Draw_Drawing, Gallery 32 (in conjunction with London Biennial), London, UK Primo, Buia Gallery, New York, NY

Feast or Famine: Artists and Food, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Social Order, Buia Gallery, New York, NY

Raid Projects, The Armory Show, New York, NY

Sub-Plot, Barthelemy Gallery, New York, NY

The Mouth Breathers, Nurture Art Gallery, New York, NY



2003 Banners III, Lubbock, TX

The Bill Clinton Show, Locus Media Gallery, New York, NY Puppy Love, Pelham Art Center, Westchester, NY

Eickholt Gallery, New York, NY



2002 PoT, Joint Exhibition, Gallery Fortes Villaca, Sau Paulo, Brazil

PoT, Joint Exhibition, Liverpool Bianalle, Liverpool, England

Artists Respond, Joint Exhibition, Somerville Museum of Art, Boston, MA


2001 Hi Falutin’, Hi Kickin’, VTO Gallery, London, England Egotripping, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, England Plastic Sheet, A.A. Silver Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel Cream, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel


Glamour Hammer, The Boxing Ring, London, England

2000 Assembly, Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths College, Stepney City, London, England


Master’s Degree Show, Goldsmiths College, London, England Outhouse, The Rich and Famous Gallery, London, England Brainstorm, Curators’ Space, Goldsmiths College, London, England

1998 Graduates’ Exhibition, Fine Arts Department, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem Residencies

2004 Makor Artist in Residence, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY


2005 Homeland Lessons, Loushy Art & Editions, Tel Aviv, Israel A Shell of A Man, Loushy Art & Editions, Tel Aviv, Israel


2014 Rachel Lee Harris, "In Newark Airport Lounge, Israeli Art", New York Times, March 4th, 2014. 2013 Lisa Traiger, "Collector Donates Israeli Art to AU's Katzen center", Washington Jewish Week,


Sept 18th, 2013

Tomer Ganihar, “Pop surrealist Shay Kun says the Holocaust is in his DNA”, Haaretz Newspaper, February 6th, 2013

Shay Kun/ Linda Warren Projects, New Art City Chicago, Feb 2nd, 2013


2012 'Shay Kun Feast & Famine and Doug Fogelson: Potpourri', The Visualist Chicago, Dec 14th, 2012 Sapna Mthur, 'Natural Causes Have Surreal Effects', EMAHO Creative.Journalism ̧ Sept 13th, 2012 Amir Fallah, 'Shay Kun's Photo Realistic Dreamlike Paintings' , Beautiful/Decay Mag, Aug 31st, 2012 Katya Tylevich, ‘Holocaust Toys’, Elephant Magazine, Issue #11, Summer 2012


Charley Cameron, Pelican Bomb, “Last Call: Shay Kun at Martine Chaisson Gallery,” March 28th, 2012

Jarring Earth Invaders, Huffington Post, February 6, 2012 2011 Ryan Max, Rooms Magazine, Issue #7, December 2011


Cate McQuaid, “Making their concept accessible,” Boston Globe, December 20, 2011

Shane Ferro, “Expanding to Los Angeles, the Affordable Art Fair Hopes to Woo a New Pool of Budget- Conscious Buyers,” Artinfo.com, August 26, 2011

Martina Kaden, ‘Three Young Israelis Show Their Art.’ B.Z. Berlin newspaper, July 29, 2011

Ebony Bolt, Pulse Art Fair Event Review – Get the Latest Scoop on the NYC Fair, Splash Magazines, March 16, 2011

Leor Grady, ‘Masoret Avangard,’ Yedioth America, March 9, 2011

Little Red Riding Hood to the Fighter/On Our Radar, Huffington Post, February 6, 2011

Armory Week Daily Spotlight, Pulse NY, ARTLOG, February 17, 2011



2010 Saatchi Online, Shay Kun Featured at ‘The Law of The Jungle’ at Lehmann Maupin, December 7, 2010 Tara Kyle, DNAinfo, “Israeli Artist Puts New Twists on Hudson School,” September 29, 2010

Anthony Haden-Guest, The New York Observer, “Back in the New York Groove, The Author Comes Home and Finds the Art World Changed,” p.50-51, September 28, 2010



Daniel Zilberberg, Interview, “Checking In,” walla culture section, September 14, 2010 Eiseley Tauginas, Blackbook Magazine, “Industry Insiders,” August 2010

Kate McQuaid, Boston Globe, “Echoing and altering the landscape,” February 3, 2010 Critics Pick, ‘Slack Tide’ at Lamotagne Gallery, Boston Globe, 2010



2009 LoDown Magazine, October Issue no.168, Berlin, Germany 2009

Maznaim Magazine, September Issue no.4, Israel (cover back and front) 2009 Biscayne Times, Art Listings, Printed Edition, March 30th, 2009


2008 Brooks, Kimberly. "The Election and Art Swimming in My Head," The Huffington Post, November 3rd, 2008

Art Futures: The altruistic art fair, Art World Mag, Feb- March, Issue 3, p.11, 2008


Arts Council UK, “News: Artfutures - Own Art” , February 15th, 2008

2007 Meredith Etherington-Smith, “Letter from London”, Artinfo.com, January 26, 2007



Shay Kun At Seventeen, Artdaily.org, February 11, 2007

Beth Greenacre, Artrabbit.com, January 30th, 2007

John Stones. “American Dreams”, Design Week Magazine, January 11th, 2007

Tiffany Martini, “Subreality, A New View Of Pop Art”, The SF Examiner, April 3rd, 2007 Dana Gilerman, “A Free Developing Market”, Haaretz Newspaper, February 7th, 2007 Shay Kun at Seventeen, re-title.com, February 5th, 2007

John-Paul Pryor, “Shay Kun Chocolate’s Box Paintings”, Dazed Digital, February 1st, 2007 Jane Neal, Shay Kun: Saatchi Online Critic’s Choice, August 6th, 2007

Kende Gyorgy, “Exhibitions”, Uj Kelet Hungarian Weekly, December, 2007

Meni Peer, “Maga Shel Rahav”, BIG TIME Magazine, p.54, October 2007

Megan And Murray, “A Landscape Show At Samson Projects”, September , 2007



2006 Shay Kun, BA, MA, Cocksoft Art News, December 24th, 2006

Merrily Kerr/ Ruth Perez Chaves: Shay Kun, Recent Paintings 2006-2008 (Cat.) Mary Evangelista, “On Art”, Maariv Weekend Edition, 14 July, p. 10

Megan Voeller, ‘Lat Rites Of Summer’, Creative Loafing, 25 October, 2006



2005 Tochin Andrea, “Wandering”, NY Press, January, Volume 18 No.3, P.48, 2005.

Consulate General of Israel Cultural Department, January-February, 2005.

Whats Up! whatsupnyc.com, New York, NY, January, 2005

Moyal, Raviv. “The Big Apple Falls Close to the Tree.” Maariv International Ed., 14 January. p. 46


2004 Cerbini, Lorenza, “Alla Buia Gallery si Festeggia con ‘Primo,’” America Oggi, 27 June, 2004, p. 9. Jon Elliot, "The Mouth Breathers at NURTUREart." The Greenline, 11-29 February, 2004, p. 11.

2003 New York Magazine, (Intelligencer section), “The Bill Clinton Show”, New York, NY, October.


2002 PoT Exhibition Catalog, Sau Paulo, Brazil, September.

“Artists Respond,” Art New England Reviews, New England, September. Maariv America, weekend edition, New York, September.


2001 Time Out Magazine London Art Review, London, England, May. Time Out Magazine London Art Review, London, England, March.

2000 Assembly Group Exhibition Catalog, London, England, October. Goldsmiths Master’s Thesis Exhibition Catalog, London, England, July.

1999 Ouie Kelete Hungarian Weekly Paper, Jerusalem, Israel, May. Studio Art Magazine, Tel-Aviv, Israel, May.

1995 Jewish Week News, Art Section, New York, December 1995.