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Michael Hallak

Born in1975 in Fassuta village (Upper Galilee). He graduated from Haifa University in 2002 with a degree in Fine Arts. In 2005 he won a residence scholarship at the Florence Academy of Art, Italy and then continued to pursue a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Haifa in 2007. Halak is a realistic painter whose works focus on classical subjects such as portraits, landscapes and still life’s with a contemporary twist. He has had solo shows at Tel-Aviv Museum of Art and Noga Gallery in Tel-Aviv and Haifa University Art Gallery. He has also participated in many group shows in Haifa Museum, Herzelia Museum and Ramat Gan Museum and many galleries in Israel, Europe and U.S.A. He currently lives and works in Haifa.

Michael Hallak’s paintings belong to the Western tradition of realist; illusory painting that goes back hundreds of years. The drama and turmoil in these paintings are given contemporary expression in his paintings, and reflect his connection to this particular place and time. Halak’s paintings address the immediate reality that surrounds him by means of direct observation or photographs. The illusion of reality represented on canvas is seductively beautiful and perfect, yet it is simultaneously revealed to carry a disturbing charge, which is related to states of disruption and disintegration.

His works charged with the central tension that shapes both his life and his work – the question of the connection between man and place, and related concerns regarding presence and absence, identification and dis-identification, witnessing and silencing, memory and intentionally imposed oblivion. 

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