Reuven Israel’s sculptures reference religious and military symbolism whilst striving for autonomy as unidentifiable, freestanding objects. The objects are handcrafted – chiseled of MDF wood, sanded and colored in industrial paints – so meticulously, that they appear machine-made on an assembly line.
Israel is based in New York City and earned an MFA and BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. He has exhibited at institutions including the Ashdod Art Museum, Ashdod; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Avi; Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa; Hangar Bicocca, Milan and Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, Jerusalem. Israel has been awarded the “Young Artist Award” by The Israeli Ministry of Culture in 2009; the Legacy Heritage Fund Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2007) and Rich Foundation Award (2006).