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Guy Ben-Ari

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The Narcissistic Seat, oil and acrylic on canvas, 44"x55", 2010
The Library of Babel, oil and charcoal on canvas, 64"x79", 2010
The Optical Model, oil and acrylic on canvas, 44"x55", 2010
The Yoga Class, oil on canvas, 57"x76", 2010
Becoming Human, oil on canvas, 78"x57", 2010
Artist's Statement

My paintings are referential, figurative, narrative and illustrative. My work deals with the complex relationship between Lacanian psychoanalytic theories and the medium of painting, while questioning the larger relationship of philosophy to art. In my recent work, I’ve been expanding my research of the illustrative by employing direct use of mental or visual exercises and text. This action calls to the possibility of being literal in a painting, in a self-referential gesture of questioning the efficacy and purpose of the medium. I think of painting as a case study to examine issues of acceptance and taste in current art.


Guy Ben-Ari (born 1984 in Tel-Aviv, Israel) lives and works in New York City. Currently, he is an MFA candidate at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Ben-Ari received his BFA with honors from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem where he received the Loren and Mitchell Perser Award for Excellence in Painting. While at Bezalel Academy, he was selected for the Exchange Program for Merit Students to study painting at the Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL, London.

Ben-Ari’s work has been recently shown in New York City at Thierry Goldberg Projects gallery, 6-8 Months Project Space, The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and The Neiman Gallery. Ben-Ari has participated in many group shows in Israel and around Europe, most recently at Barbur Gallery, Minshar Gallery and Dollinger Gallery.