Yigal Ozeri: The Chameleon

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mana Theater
1st Floor

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Yigal Ozeri: The Chameleon

Yigal Ozeri

Join us for a special screening of Yigal Ozeri: The Chameleon, a documentary film by Vincent Zambrano following the life and career of Israeli artist and Mana Art Advisor, Yigal Ozeri. A Q&A with the artist and filmmaker will follow the film.

Yigal Ozeri is one of today’s most esteemed artists in Photorealism, having spent over fifty years experimenting with a remarkable range of techniques, ideas, and genres. Featuring rare archival footage from his humble beginnings and exclusive interviews from those closest to the artist, The Chameleon offers insight into the man behind the brush—his creative process, passion for life, and rocky road to success. Ozeri’s “larger than life” persona, as fully displayed on the screen, depicts a magnetic, powerful, and uncompromising view of the artist’s ongoing obsession with romanticism and beauty.

Doors Open

7PM – 8:40PM
Film Screening followed by Q&A with Yigal Ozeri and Vincent Zambrano

9PM – 10PM
Public Reception

About Yigal Ozeri
New York City based Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri is best known for his large-scale cinematic portraits of young women in vast transcending landscapes. His near photo-realistic oil paintings convey the spirit of his subjects in a grand array of natural settings: from abundant rain forests to dreary deserts. Thousands of tiny brushstrokes animate his lifelike paintings, giving way to a remarkable realism, distinct beauty, and seductive power. Ozeri seizes fleeting moments and gives them life. As a result, the viewer is compelled to gaze into the allegorical domain between reality and fantasy.

Ozeri has shown extensively around the world including solo exhibits in Bologna, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, France, Denmark, and Munich. His work is included on the cover and in the book Photorealism in the Digital Age (Harry N. Abrams, 2013). Ozeri’s work is currently in a traveling exhibition titled 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Painting that was showcased in a number of venues, including the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, and the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao. His work resides in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX,  Jewish Museum in New York, New York Public Library,  Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles, and the Albertina in Vienna, among others. He is represented by Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York City.

About Vincent Zambrano
Vincent Zambrano was born in Manta, Ecuador. It is there in the vivid colors of South America where he became interested in visual impressions and the art of creating them. Zambrano grew up in Queens, New York and studied fine arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology. His work, often a portrayal of the human condition, has become intense and evocative. Beginning with a photograph, Zambrano digitally incorporates collaged patterns, which he then transcribes onto canvas with oil paint. To expand his creative talent, Zambrano studied film directing at the School of Visual Arts. Zambrano’s films are an extension of his painting practice, provoked by his own personal experiences with family, politics, religion, and culture.

In 2002, Zambrano presented his first film, La Araña,at the HBO International New York Film Festival. With a talent for bringing together like-minded creative professionals, he then wrote and directed, The Heart of a Broken Tale, which was accepted at the Cannes Film Festival 2006. In 2009, he completed a feature film entitled, Shadow Boxing. Zambrano continues to thrive in both art and film. His most recent film, The Moment I Died, is currently in the film festival circuit, and his artwork has been exhibited in several group shows at the University of Connecticut’s Contemporary Art Galleries, Hutchins Gallery at LIU Post, and C.W. Post in Long Island. Zambrano’s work is also housed in private collections. He is currently represented by Van Der Plas Gallery in New York City.

Image:  Yigal Ozeri, Self Portrait II, 2016