Born in 1977, Haifa, IL
Lives and works in Tel Aviv, IL
M.F.A., Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, US
Pont-Aven School of Art, Pont-Aven, FR (summer-term)
B.F.A., Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, US
Guy Yanai's paintings are characterized by bold colors, simplified shapes, and a shallow depth of field. In his work, the banal is reduced to geometric segments where he then abandons references to the tangible world in favor of a visual experience that is more akin to digital imagery—using Google Street view as a reference for a landscape for example. He often chooses everyday objects and spaces as his subjects, flattening and abstracting them in a way that seems removed and objective. Yanai has cited numerous sources of inspiration—from old, modern, and contemporary masters to digital imagery, television and advertisements—and his simplified representations may serve as a way to condense and organize the multitude of data we receive in reference to any person, place, or thing into concise representations with tight compositions. The more time spent with Yanai’s painting, the more it encourages an investigation into the perceptive space of the canvas, a place where objects, scenery and nature are conjured, sustained and gently teased away.
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