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Guy Yanai

Israeli, b. 1977

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Guy Yanai

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Israeli, b. 1977

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With their vernacular subject matter and pixelated appearance, Guy Yanai’s paintings encompass a variety of historical influences but seem distinctly of a technology-inflected moment. Inspired by historical figures such as Matisse and Cezanne, as well as more contemporary figures such as Tal R, the Tel Aviv-based artist’s paintings capture unoccupied scenes of everyday life, flattened into a shallow depth of with solid blocks of color that create the appearance of cut-outs or collage. His paintings draw on sources from everyday life—spaces the artist visits, plants, films, conversations—but in Yanai’s paintings, these images become reduced to geometric blocks, abandoning references to the outside world in favor of a visual experience equally indebted to digital images and abstract painting.

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With their vernacular subject matter and pixelated appearance, Guy Yanai’s paintings encompass a variety of historical influences but seem distinctly of a technology-inflected moment. Inspired by historical figures such as Matisse and Cezanne, as well as more contemporary figures such as Tal R, the Tel Aviv-based artist’s paintings capture unoccupied scenes of everyday life, flattened into a shallow depth of with solid blocks of color that create the appearance of cut-outs or collage. His paintings draw on sources from everyday life—spaces the artist visits, plants, films, conversations—but in Yanai’s paintings, these images become reduced to geometric blocks, abandoning references to the outside world in favor of a visual experience equally indebted to digital images and abstract painting.

Career Highlights
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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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17 Contemporary Artists Reimagining the Still Life
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17 Contemporary Artists Reimagining the Still Life
10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week
Jul 27th, 2020
10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week
Guy Yanai’s Painting Practice Was Made for This Moment
Apr 13th, 2020
Guy Yanai’s Painting Practice Was Made for This Moment
Contemporary Concerns, Prehistoric Medium: A Conversation with Israeli Painter Guy Yanai
Jul 16th, 2015
Contemporary Concerns, Prehistoric Medium: A Conversation with Israeli Painter Guy Yanai
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