Gil Shachar

  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar
  • Gil Shachar

Gil Shachar

Shachar´s sculptures made of epoxy resin depict human figures or simple everyday objects. The portrayals of humans are always fragments of the body - portrait busts, parts of the back, single hands that hold a cloth or an apple. Shachar creates a mimetic reflection of reality through complex cast techniques and thorough painting of the surface.

The artist makes an illusion with his almost bewilderingly realistic way of presentation. His portrayals seem so real, so present that one feels the urge to touch them. For a moment, they give us the semblance of reality which only on further inspection turns out to be a delusion.

Despite them being realistic, the portraits appear withdrawn of and dissociated from the recipient. The eyes of the figures, which are always closed due to the cast technique on the human model, contribute greatly to the over-all expression. The observer cannot look his or her counterpart in the eyes, causing the character of the figure to remain unknown. The busts create an odd mood that encompasses the silence, inwardness, denial and reticence.

Various art history references can be detected in Shachar´s works. The deceptively realistic depiction and the play with visual perception compare to the Trompe l´Oeil effect of Baroque painting. Seemingly rotten apples are reminiscent of still lives in the style of the old masters, a bust which consists of many alleged fruits is reminiscent of Arcimboldo´s paintings.

In his group of works of cloth, which are also made of synthetic resin, the artist includes elements of Op Art whose patterns play with optical illusions - as does the cloth itself as the image carrier.


Since 1996, he has been living and working in Germany.


born in Tel Aviv

1988 - 1992

studies at the Artists Teachers College, Ramat Hasharon, Israel


Ingeborg Bachmann Award, founded by Anselm Kiefer, Jerusalem

offer of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

offer of Beit-Berl College, Kfar Saba, Israel

1994 -1996

lectureship at Bezalel Arts Academy, Jerusalem

lectureship at Beit-Berl College, Kfar Saba (Painting and Sculpture)


Wilhelm-Lehmbruck scholarship of the city of Duisburg


atelier scholarship of the city of Mönchengladbach

Barkenhoff scholarship, Worpswede


Schleswig Holsteinisches Künstlerhaus, Eckernförde

2000 - 2001

lectureship at Essen University, FB 4


Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf


Leube scholarship, Gartenau, Austria

seminar at Bergen Arts Academy, Norway


Pollock-Krasner-Foundation Grant


solo exhibition 1992

Jerusalem Artists House

group exhibition 1992

Sculpture of the Present, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

solo exhibition 1993

Julie M. gallery, Tel Aviv (in 1994 as well)

group exhibition 1993

Israel´s contribution to the aperto of Venice Biennial, Artifact Galerie, Tel Aviv
In the House, in the Courtyard, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

group exhibition 1994

Seperate Worlds, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

solo exhibition 1995

gallery of the department for Fine Arts at Haifa University

group exhibition 1995

Fragments, Janco-Dada Museum, Ein-Hod

solo exhibition 1996

Oranim Art Institute, Israel
The Artist`s Studio Gallery, Tel Aviv

group exhibition 1996

Desert Cliché, Israel Now-Local Images, Arad Museum, Arad , Bass Museum, Miami

solo exhibition 1998

Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (with A. Lauer and A. Wesseling)
Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach

group exhibition 1998

Bamot, Israel 1948-1998, Jewish Museum, Vienna, Austria

solo exhibition 1999

Panel for Contemporary Art, Worpswede
Artfocus, Jerusalem

group exhibition 1999

HEAVEN, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and Tate Gallery Liverpool

group exhibition 2000

Bodies, Faces, Icons, Asian Fine Arts, Berlin
Transferatu, Bukarest

solo exhibition 2001

John Doe, Düsseldorf

group exhibition 2001

Kinderblicke - Kindheit und Moderne von Klee bis Boltanski, Städtische Galerie, Bietigheim-Bissingen
8th triennial of small sculptures, Fellbach

solo exhibition 2002

Handmade, Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel

group exhibition 2002

Wächserne Identitäten, Kolbe Museum, Berlin
The Land of Shadow, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

solo exhibition 2003

Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach

group exhibition 2003

Ninos, CASA - Centro de Arte de Salamanca

solo exhibition 2004

Galerie Eboran, Salzburg

group exhibition 2004

Love is in the Air, Time for Art, Tel Aviv
The Pupet Show, Time for Art, Tel Aviv

solo exhibition 2005

Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach

solo exhibition 2005

Museum Goch

solo exhibition 2005/06

Julie M. Gallery, Tel Aviv

group exhibition 2005/06

Die obere Hälfte. Die Büste von Rodin bis Wang Du, Kunsthalle Emden, Museum Heilbronn, Museum Liner Appenzell
ORTung 05, Galerie 50 20, Salzburg

group exhibition 2006

SURreal - Aspekte des Figuralen aus der Sammlung Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg
Jamboree, Museum Goch

group exhibition 2006/07

Haifa Museum of Art, Fatamorgana: Illusion and Deception in Contemporary Art
"Was ist Plastik" 100 Jahre - 100 Köpfe - Das Jahrhundert moderner Skulptur
Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Center of International Sculpture, Duisburg

solo exhibition 2008

"Kopf oder Zahl" Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach
"Verwachsene Geschichten", Museum Schwäbisch Gmünd Galerie im Prediger

group exhibition 2008

"Territorial Bodies - contemporary sculpture from Israel", Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, Netherlands

solo exhibition 2009

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

group exhibition 2009

"An die Natur", Altana art collection, Bad Homburg

group exhibition 2010/11

Körper Codes. Menschenbilder aus der Sammlung, Museum der Moderne Salzburg

solo exhibition 2011

"Das geheime Leben der Skulpturen", Museum Ratingen
"Natur und Abbild", Altana art collection Bad Homburg

solo exhibition 2011/2012

Das geheime Leben der Skulpturen - Skulpturen, Zeichnungen, Stadtmuseum Siegburg

solo exhibition 2012

Gil Shachar + The Shadows, Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach

solo exhibition 2017

Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv

group exhibition 2018

Interlocal, Blue Container, Duisburg
Bild Macht Religion, Kunstmuseum Bochum

solo exhibition 2019

The Cast Whale Project, Salt River, Cape town
Schattenreich, Paul-Clemen-Museum, Bonn

group exhibition 2020

Poetic Faith - From the Collection, S.M.A.K., Gent