Born in 1963 - France
biography under completion
1963 - Born in Paris (France), of Tunisian origin.
1969 - at the age of six, immigrated to Israel.
1984 - graduate of School of Pharmacy, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
1999 - graduate of the Pollack-Kalisher School of art, Tel Aviv.
works and lives in Tel Aviv.
2004 - Award from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Israel.
2013 - Award from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Israel.
2015 - Minister of culture award for a Zionist creation, Israel.
The works of Eliahou Eric Bokobza are part of the permanent collection:
of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, The Knesset Parliament, Jerusalem,
Ein Harod Museum of Art, Bar David Museum, Baram
and private collections in Israel and worldwide.
? 2000 – “Plaisir Oriental”, Nelly Aman Gallery, Tel Aviv
? 2002 – “Tzayar-Tayar”, Nelly Aman Gallery, Tel Aviv
? 2003 – “Zion’s fiction”, Nelly Aman Gallery, Tel Aviv
? 2006 – “Flora”, Nelly Aman Gallery, Tel Aviv
? 2006 – “Bezalel-version B”, The Artists House, Jerusalem
? 2008 – “The boy who drew cats”, Nelly Aman Gallery, Tel Aviv
? 2010 – “Jaffa”, Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
? 2012 – "This place", Bar David Museum of Art, Kibbutz Baram
? 2012 – “Nationality: Jewish”, Ein Harod Museum of Art
? 2013 – “Tzevaot / This is the land”, The Artist’s House, Tel Aviv
? 2014 – “Tzevaot”, Art Gallery at the Memorial Centre, Tivon
? 2014 – “Eliahou’s Hagada”, Bar David Museum of Art, Kibbutz Baram
? 2014 – “Wonderings”, The Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
? 2015 – “United Colors Of Judaica”, Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv
Selected group exhibitions:
? 2000 – “Collection+”, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
? 2001 – “The Mundane Muse”, Janco-Dada Museum, Ein Hod
? 2002 – “Mother Tongue”, Ein Harod Museum of Art, Ein Harod
? 2002 – “The Height of The Popular”, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
? 2002 – “Israeli Object”, The Artists House, Jerusalem
? 2004 – “A point of view”, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
? 2005 – “Forms of Freedom”, Kiev Museum of Western and Oriental Art, Ukraine
? 2005 – “The New Hebrews”, Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin, Germany
? 2005 – Prizes in Art from Ministry of Culture, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
? 2006 – “Gutman at Home”, Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
? 2007 – “Boys craft”, The Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa
? 2008 – “Painter-Tourist”, Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
? 2010 – “Hazaken”, Ben Gurion University Art Gallery, Beer Sheva
? 2010 – “Jewish Icons”, Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv
? 2011 – “Be happy”, Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv
? 2011 – “Israeli texture”, The Knesset, Jerusalem
? 2011 – “Facelook”, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
? 2012 – “Ani-Ma”, Stern gallery, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
? 2013 – “Wonderland”, The Bundestag, Berlin, Germany
? 2013 – “Salon North”, Leumi Bank Many Museum, Tel Aviv
? 2014 – “To eternity’s end, beyond the sea”, Bialik House, Tel Aviv
? 2014 – Prizes in Art from Ministry of Culture, Haifa Museum, Haifa
? 2014 – “The Giving Tree”, Umm Elfahem Art Gallery
? 2014 – “Selfie”, Contemporary Art Station, Ramla
? 2015 – “Vashti”, Neve Schechter Institute, Tel Aviv
? 2015 – “The Hinder Sea”, Ashdod Museum of Art
? 2015 – “This Will Make You Better”, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
? 2015 – “Imago Mundi”, Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice, Italy
? 2015 – “Designing Rabin’s memory” , Holon Institute of Technology, Holon
? 2016 – “Bar Kokhba”, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv
? 2016 – “Symbols sale”, N&N Aman Gallery, Tel Aviv
The works of Eliahou Eric Bokobza are part of the permanent collection of The Israel Museum
in Jerusalem, The Knesset-Israeli Parliament, Ein Harod Museum of Art, Bar David Museum,
Beit Hatfutsot – Museum of The Jewish People, Tel Aviv and private collections in Israel,
Europe and the U.S.A
On the work of Eliahou Eric Bokobza
A Jew of Tunisian origin, Eliahou Eric Bokobza came to Israel from France at the age of six with
his family. But even now, having lived in this country for more than 40 years, he still sees the
country through the critical eyes of a tourist. A point brought home by the title of one of his first
A pharmacist by profession, Bokobza only started painting seriously at the age of 32, enrolling
to study in Tel Aviv at the Pollack-Kalisher Art School. Since the year 2000, his paintings have
been exhibited to critical acclaim. He has held many solo shows and participated in group
exhibitions at museums around Israel and Europe.
Bokobza is perfecting a calculated child-like style of painting by means of which he either
makes critical statements about Zionism, religion, militarism and nationalism (and much else);
sets out to debunk revered icons of Israeli and Jewish art history. His unique style of jaunty,
colorfully plump caricatures disguises one of the most radical artists working in Israel today. It
seems there’s no taboo Bokobza hasn’t addressed in the most avant-garde manner.
Bokobza bases his work on sources and traditions in local art, changing and adapting them to
the contemporary period. He examines the iconography of the origins of artistic creation in
Israel, intelligently working it over with the help of contemporary tools while emphasizing the
importance of preserving traditions and original sources. Nonetheless, his works are
characterized by a refreshing vitality, thus also portraying the moods and atmosphere of current
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