Amit Elan

b 1989 Boston, USA. Raised in Israel. Lives and works in Berlin.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I like to show people in their more barbaric primal states; to freeze climactic moments. My paintings are a clash between a dark abject world and a colorful childish dimension, where distorted characters, and splashing body fluids, sexuality, perfectionism and fetish go hand in hand with humor, inflatable dinosaurs, rainbows, intergalactic unicorns and gummy bears.

A world where laws of physics and social prohibitions do not exist.

All is allowed in this utopian dimension; no matter if you are a fluffy talking marshmallow or a beaten up genderqueer pageant queen, everybody is welcome.

The working process always starts from bits and pieces taken from my own photography. I combine oil paint, aquarelle, crayons, markers, pen, pencil, fake tattoos, charcoal, spray, stencils, glue, fire, tape, stickers, sparkles and just about any tool that leaves a mark.

Vita

Education
  • 2005-2007 Photography College - Ha Studiyo - Ra'anana - IL
  • 2007-2009 Visual Arts Department - Hamidrasha Art College - Beit Berl - IL
Solo Exhibitions
  • 2012 Amit Elan Solo - AKA Gallery - Berlin - DE
  • 2011 Pigdogs Etc.. - TaoPhilippines Gallery - Cadlao Island - PH
  • 2009 Amit Elan - Ha Midrasha Guest Gallery - Beit berel - IL
Group Exhibitions 
  • 2016 Enter Art Foundation Pop Up for Art Basel – Messeturm – Basel – CH
  • 2015 ID - Display Gallery - London - BG
  • 2014 Monsters - SPRECHSAAL Gallery - Berlin - DE
  • 2013 IMAGINATION Israeli Art Exhibition 2013 - Bank Hapoalim - Tel Aviv - IL
  • 2012 2112 - Zaritsky Artists House - Tel Aviv - IL
  • 2012 48 Hours Neukölln Festival - Agora Collective - Berlin - DE
  • 2012 TERA NOVA - The New Bat Yam Art Gallery - Bat-Yam - IL
  • 2011 Urban in Vitkin - Contemporary Art Gallery - Kfar Vitkin - IL
  • 2011 MicaMoca-Playground - Mica Moca - Berlin - DE
  • 2011 Warhouse - The Return of the Big Old Nose - ZMF Gallery - Berlin - DE
  • 2011 Preview New Year - Kunstraum Richard Sorge Gallery - Berlin - DE
  • 2010 Collective Wedding - HBC Gallery - Berlin - DE
  • 2010 La Creche - Berliner Kunst Salon Art Fair - Berlin - DE
  • 2010 Houdini Underland - Playground Berlin - Berlin -DE
  • 2010 Sandbox - LA54 - Berlin - DE
  • 2010 R.E.D - Kunstraum Richard Sorge Gallery - Berlin - DE
Performances (Selected)
  • 2015 TINO SEHGAL - Martin Gropius Bau Museum - Berlin - DE
  • 2014 EXTRAVAGANZA, Agora Collective
  • 2014 Club Fetisch with Stephanie Ballentine
  • 2013 Vigilante Dot Croh´ns , YOU ARE THE ARTIST - JE Regrette Gallery - Berlin - DE
  • 2013 Vigilante Dot Croh´ns, Berlin Fashion Week - EDGED Showroom - Berlin - DE
  • 2013 The Price of Silver Went Up - Berlin - DE
  • 2012 MANISENSATIONS - LEAP Gallery - Berlin - DE
Residencies 
  • 2011 TaoPhilipines Artist residency - PH
Collections
  • Michael and Yuval Rakavy Art Collection - IL
  • Markus Winzer Collection - DE
  • Tao Philippines Collection, - PH

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