Born in Jerusalem, Israel, 1987. Lives and works in Berlin.

  • The roles of women in society and exploring the female identity constitute as central topics in the work of the Israeli artist Zohar Fraiman. Creating moods and emotional states are shown by composing daily ‘normal’ scenes in combination with fictional characters in her paintings. She borrows figures from old master paintings, embeds Disney cartoons and inserts iconic pop culture images in order to create contrasts and contradictions. In her complex emotional worlds – whether we are viewing an illusion or reality – is not certain. Zohar Fraiman’s aim as an artist is to keep on discovering potentials for metamorphosis as an individual and in relation to society and the environment. The narrations in her paintings suggest that the path of emancipation is not always found, and when we stumble across it – it most certainly will be in an unexpected way. Experiencing her works entails entering alter-curious worlds riddled with fact, fiction, mythology and humor that compel us to engage with layered propositions on the relationships between sexuality, rites and consciousness. Fraiman's work demands that, at least for one step, you go behind the looking glass that is the paintings surface, to not apprehend it as a mirror of the world, but a world that mirrors, magnifies and distorts.

Education

  • 2013–15

    Meisterschülerin Bildende Kunst, Universität der Künste Berlin, Deutschland, Professor Burkhard Held – Master in Fine Arts, University of Arts Berlin, Germany, studies by professor Burkhard Held

  • 2011

    Bildende Kunst, Universität der Künste Berlin, Deutschland, Professor Burkhard Held – Master in Fine Arts, University of Arts Berlin, Germany, studies by professor Burkhard Held

  • 2005–09

    Master's Class, Jerusalem Studio School, Israel

  • 2003

    School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Die Bösen Dürfen Nicht Weinen, Galerie Russi Klenner, Berlin, Germany

  • 2014–15

    ›INFOLD ENFOLD UNFOLD‹, Dorothea Konwiartz Stiftung, Curated by Michal B. Ron, Berlin, Germany

  • 2014

    ›Devils and Brides‹, Galerie im Tempelhof Museum, Curated by Thibaut de Ruyter, Berlin, Germany

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

  • 2021

    ›Lusus Naturae‹ BCMA Gallery, Berlin, Germany

  • 2020

    ›Séance Fiction‹ Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt, Germany

  • ›D'angelo, Fraiman, Kennedy‹ Galerie Russi Klenner, Berlin, Germany

  • ›You've Got Mail‹ MOM art space, Hamburg, Germany

  • ›actionprinting@BRIX‹ Haus der Statistik, Berlin, Germany

  • 2019

    ›Connected‹, Honold Fine Art at BIASA CUBE, Kerobokan, Kuta - Bali, Indonesia

  • ›Magna Rota II‹, Duo exhibition with Julius Bobke, Kunstverein Schweinfurt, Germany

  • ›Magna Rota I‹, Duo exhibition with Julius Bobke, Maya Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

  • ›Voix‹ Museum der bildenden Künste / Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig, Germany

  • ›Keeping at Distance‹, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel

  • ›Paint - the seen, the unseen & the imagined‹, Messums Wiltshire, UK

  • 2018

    ›Die Jahrhundert-Bar‹, Projektraum Ventilator, Berlin, Germany

  • ›Breathing the Ultimate Wave‹, Sprechsaal Galerie, Berlin, Germany

  • ›Zündung/ Ignition‹, TURPS Gallery, London, UK

  • ›Monster und Geister‹, Museum Überlingen, Germany

  • ›Stolen Images‹, Meinblau Projektraum , Berlin, Germany

  • ›Painting XXL, part 1‹, AusstellungsHalle 1a, Frankfurt, Germany

  • ›Painting XXL, part 2‹, Galerie Leuenroth, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2017

    ›Entfesselt! Malerinnen der Gegenwart‹, Schloss Achberg, Curated by Martin Oswald, Ravensburg, Germany

  • ›Vanitas Fair‹, Zohar Fraiman + Nika Fontaine, Lachenmann Art Galerie, Konstanz, Germany

  • ›Farbauftrag‹, Haus am Lützowplatz, Curated by Jaqueline Krickl, Berlin, Germany

  • ›Painting XX‹, Kunsthalle der Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg , Curated by Enno Wallis, Lüneburg, Germany

  • ›BRLNKNSTNZ.GALLERY‹, Lachenmann Art Galerie @ Studio Lars Teichmann, Berlin, Germany

  • ›Under Influence‹, Galerie Dukan, Curated by Michaela K. Kühn, Leipzig, Germany

  • 2016

    ›Engel / Angeli‹, Südtiroler Sparkasse, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy

  • ›The Names Have Been Changed‹, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany

  • ›Berlin School of Painting‹, Villa Renata, Basel, Switzerland

  • ›Freundeskreises der UdK | der Karl Hofer Gesellschaft e.V. KunstKaufen ‹, Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany

  • ›Berlin School of Painting‹, Villa Renata, Basel, Switzerland

  • ›Open The Void‹, Zohar Fraiman + Elena Kozlova, Galerie The Grass is Greener, Leipzig, Germany

  • ›Warten Gucken Nicht Verstehen Weiter Gehen‹, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

  • ›Am Rand Des Nichts‹ Galerie Erstererster, Berlin

  • ›Schwarzkäppchen is Not the Murderous Type‹ Museion Atelier House, Bozen — Bolzano, Italy

  • 2015

    ›Berlin Girls‹ Lachenmann Art Galerie, Konstanz, Germany

  • ›Alles Muss Raus‹ Club der Polnische Versager, Berlin, Germany

  • ›Malerei ist jetzt‹ Han Pin Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

  • ›CAA Inter-Youth Art‹ Chinese Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

  • ›Some of my Favorite Things‹ Curated by Michal B. Ron, Berlin, Germany

  • 2014

    ›SCHAU06‹ Malzfabrik, Berlin, Germany

  • ›ROTROTROT‹ Schaufenster, Berlin, Germany

  • ›Was wir für Euch entblößen‹ Galerie Queen Anne, Leipzig

  • 2013

    ›Physis‹, Griechische Kulturstiftung, Berlin, Germany

  • ›Luxus+‹, Fluxus Museum, Potsdam, Germany

  • ›Physis‹, Veria, Greece

  • 2012

    ›Reise Nach Jerusalem—Tradition and Taboo‹, Artists House Jerusalem, Israel (Catalog)

  • ›Reise Nach Jerusalem‹, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (Catalog)

  • ›Marina Tel Aviv‹, Shiff Collection, Tel Aviv, Israel

  • 2011

    ›Saturn Returns‹, Galerie St. St., Berlin, Germany

  • ›Zu Besuch bei Connex projekt‹, Queen Anne Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

  • 2010

    ›Kra1‹, Hakatze, Jerusalem, Israel

Scholarships/Grants

  • 2014

    Dorothea Konwiartz Stiftung

  • Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium, NaFöG Berlin (Nominated)

  • Schultz Stübner Prize, (Nominated)

  • 2011

    The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

  • 2007

    Full Studies at Master Class Scholarship, Jerusalem Studio School

Residencies

  • 2013

    ›Physis‹, Veria, Greece

  • 2008

    Villa di Pieve Umbria, Italy

  • 2006

    International School of Painting and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy

Publications / Selected Bibliography

  • 2020

    “Berlin”, Art Press, n° 479, July-August 2020, pp. 80-81, written by Thibaut de Ruyter

  • 2019

    VOIX, Catalog MNW Berlin-Leipzig at Museum der Bildende Künste Leipzig

  • Schweinfurter Tagblatt, Ausstellung "Magna Rota", Karl-Heinz Körblein

  • Catalog for "Magna Rota", duo exhibition with artist Julius Bobke, text by Larissa Kikol

  • 2017

    Catalog, Entfesselt! Malerinnen der Gegenwart, Schloss Achberg, text by Martin Oswald

  • 2016

    ›PULSE‹, Prize Winners and Outstanding Young Artists Exhibition of the University of Fine Arts, Berlin

  • ›From Images To Pictures‹, Grass is Greener, Interview with Esther Niebel

  • 2015

    ›Painting is Like a Dance‹, Age of Artists, Interview with Dirk Dobiey

  • ›Berlin Girls‹, Galerie Lachenmann

  • 2013

    ›Reise Nach Jerusalem‹, Kerber Publishing

  • ›Shiff Collection Catalog‹

  • 2010

    ›Kra II‹, The New Spirit Foundation