Shai Ignatz (b. 1969) lives and works in Tel Aviv. He holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, where he also took classes toward an MFA. He lectures on art at the Art Department at Haifa University, Sapir Academic College, and Kay College in Beer Sheva. Ignatz writes a column for the online art magazine Tohu. His solo show at the Tel Aviv Museum is scheduled to open in February 2022.
Ignatz has had several solo shows: “Aure’lien,” in 2019, at the Department of Photography, Bezalel Academy; in 2015, “Shaul” at Artists’ Studios in Tel Aviv; in 2012, “Monsieur Léri” was hung in the construction site of an apartment building (today, the Norman Hotel in Tel Aviv), as part of the Parasite project; in 2012, “Spring” at HaMidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl Academic College; two solo shows at the Rosenfeld gallery – “One Work” in 2007 and “Michael” in 2005; in 2001 “Independence Park in the Morning,” his first solo show, at Rosenfeld Gallery in Tel Aviv.
His works were included in several group shows in Israel and abroad. Among them were “Humanism 2020?” at Studio Shlomit Altmann, in 2019; also in 2019, “First Person SINGULAR” at the Ashdod Art museum; “Erotic Salon” at Noga Gallery, in 2018; in 2014, “ME IS YOU – A Tender To Art” project, Milano, London, and Athens; in 2013, “Centrifuge,” Artis & the Nathan Cummings foundation, New York, and “Iconophilia,” Notre Dame Hotel / room 325, Jerusalem; in 2008, ” Living Room, at the Public Domain,” Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum, “Demons” at the Bat Yam Museum of Contemporary Art, MoBY, and “Click-Clack: Homage to the Slide Projector,” at the Art Gallery, University of Haifa; “Omanut Ha’aretz” in the Reading Power Station Compound, in 2004; in 2003, “Public Domain,” Helena Rubinstein Pavilion and “Imagine: 300 Artists for Co- Existence,” Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery.
Ignatz received the Bronner Residency in Dusseldorf in 2016 and was artist-in-residence of the Cité internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2005-2006. He was awarded the Minister for culture and education prize for visual art in 2011 and the Legacy Heritage Fund Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2007.
His works are included in the collections of Ha’aretz daily, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Bat Yam Museum, and in private collections.