Roey Heifetz

b 1978 Jerusalem, Israel. Lives and works in Berlin.


My work features large-size portraits of figures. The drawings, using mixed materials, are delicate in detail but rough and expressive in their overall appearance. I self identify on the transgender continuum, uses images of strong and older women to expose the painful discrepancy between social expectations and the physical reality of changing and growing old. At the same time, the works allow me to imagine my own future as I move closer to my female body. These expressive large-format portraits explore the long psychological and emotional journey I have taken and the implications of this momentous change of transitioning from a man to a woman.

My drawings, which measure three meters tall and up to four and half meters wide, are mostly composites of older women I has observed during my years in Germany, where I currently resides. The images depict women I have seen on the street, including those who have undergone sex changes, and are derived from both imaginary figures and aspects of my own self-portraits. The works are both outward critiques of societal norms and introspective explorations of my own fears, anxiety and deliberations regarding what is feminine and what it means to be a woman.


  • Heifetz is a graduate of the B.F.A. (2005) and M.F.A. (2009) at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. In 2012-13 she attended the Künstlerhaus Bethanien art residency in Berlin, Germany and in 2014 the Fountainhead residency in Miami, USA.
  • "Wild Exaggeration", Haifa Museum of Art (2009); "Based on Paper", Jiri Svestka Gallery, Berlin (2013); "Dark Times", The The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tal Aviv University (2014); "Queertopia: It Takes a Village", Kornfeld Gallery, Berlin (2015); "Circular Movements",Kunstverein Kunsthaus, Potsdam (2016).
Solo Exhibitions:
  • "How Many Muscles Does One Need to Stand Straight?", Venta Gallery, Jerusalem (2007); "Industry", MFA Graduate Exhibition, The Station, Tel Aviv (2009); “Sehnsucht”, Beit Hair Museum, Tel Aviv (2010), "Match Point – a dialogue with Aviva Uri", ST-art Gallery, Jaffa (2011); "The Teacher's Nap", Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2013); "Confessions", Saint Johannes Evangelist, Berlin (2014) and “Victoria, Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2016-17)
  • Heifetz achieved Grants Recipient and scholarships incl. Lotto Stiftung, Berlin, Mifal Hapayis (The Israeli Lottery), Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Germany, Artis organization, New York, Artist-Teacher Award, Culture Ministry of Israel.

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