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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Efrat Baler (b. Jerusalem, Israel), is a New York based multidisciplinary artist. Efrat (AKA Effi), a graduate of the BFA program in Sculpture and Painting at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel (1984), is a grant recipient of the Helena Rubinstein American - Israeli Culture Foundation. She was listed as one of the ten most promising Bezalel Artists of the 80s, in the publication honoring the inauguration of the new Bezalel campus (1990). A practicing artist, Ms. Baler also has extensive creative work experience as an art educator, teacher and lecturer at public and private NYC schools, community centers, and worked for the Tate Americas Foundation. She has lectured on the History of Israeli Art and her own artworks at universities in the *West Coast Bay area and at the San Francisco Public Library. Efrat took part in over 40 group shows and 5 solo exhibitions in the US, Israel, and Germany, and her works are in private collections.

 

Efrat's lifelong fascination with the construction and deconstruction of objects, and people’s psychology, manifest in her latest artworks. Utilizing her background as a traditional painter with her unique style she assembles and redefines painting in a new fresh way while examining the boundaries and semantics of conventional painting. This exploration of alternate painting existences is what informs her immersive, interactive art practice. Her transdisciplinary sculptural paintings require active exploration and side step the short attention span habits that have evolved from today's digital age. Their three-dimensional existence requires the viewer to pay attention.

 

Pop culture, current events, art-about-art puns, social and personal issues influence her themes, sometimes using humor and playfulness to show these. The 3D painterly hybrid artworks in which she combines objects that morph on, beneath, or behind the canvas have many presentation possibilities to include wall-hung, on integrated stands, tabletop/pedestal paintings or floor standing paintings. Efrat gives us a unique inside staged look into the process and thinking of the artist and a view of how the xenogeneic artwork developed, suggesting a different way of making and exhibiting paintings.  
 

* Monterey Peninsula College, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, University of California, University of Berkeley, and Congregation Sherith Israel. 

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

  • 2017 - SOLO EXHIBITION| Solo exhibition | PLG ARTS’ | Tugboat, Brooklyn, NY

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  • 1991 - SOLO EXHIBITION | Painters & Sculptures Association Tel-Aviv, Israel 

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 PAINTINGS 1990 - 91 | Solo exhibition,  Municipal Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel

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  • 1985  - MUTATIONS | Solo exhibition | Anatea Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

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  • 1976 - SOLO EXHIBITION | Beit Nehemia Center | Sponsored by the Jerusalem Municipality Youth Dept., Jerusalem, Israel

 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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  • 2022 - "WORDS & PICTURES", | Long Beach Artists League Member Exhibit | Long Beach Public Library, NY

 

          65TH ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION Art League of Long Island  | Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Dix Hills, NY

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          "ANEW - A New Member's Exhibit" | Long Beach Art League | Long Beach Public Library, NY

 

  • 2021 - MEMBERS' CHOICE | Long Beach Art League (winner of the Members Choice award) | Long Beach Public Library, NY

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THANKFUL | Long Beach Art League Member Exhibit | Long Beach Public Library, NY

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REFLECTIONS | Long Beach Art League Juried Exhibit | Long Beach Public Library, NY

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GOOD NEIGHBORS | Group exhibition | Amos Eno Gallery, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

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  • 2019 - LIC FEAR III | Group exhibition, LIC Arts Open | The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY

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ARTBOX. GALLERY Digital Exhibition October 2019 | Zürich, Switzerland.

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GIANT STEPS | Group exhibition | Open Gallery, Long Island City, NY

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  • 2018  - FALL SALON | Group exhibition, LIC Arts Open | The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY

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FROM MINISCULE TO MONUMENTAL | Group exhibition, LIC Arts Open Gallery | The Factory, Gallery II, LI City, NY

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THE 5 NAPKIN SHOW | Group exhibition, part of LIC Arts Open| The Factory, Gallery II, Long Island City, NY

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  • 2017 - PLG ARTS’ | Solo exhibition | Tugboat, Brooklyn, NY

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DEBTFAIR | Group Exhibition (participating artist), Occupy Museums | Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

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ANIMALIA Group exhibition | Local Project Gallery, Long Island City, NY

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  • 2016  - LIC ARTS OPEN Group exhibition | LIC Arts Open, Long Island City, NY

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DIORAMARAMA | Club 157, Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY

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THE FOOD SHOW | Local Project Gallery, Long Island City, NY

           

  • 2014 - THE SELFIE SHOW | MONA, Museum of New Art, Armada, MI

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ANNUAL SMALL WORKS SHOW | 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

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  • 2013 - PLG ARTS GROUP EXHIBITION | Tugboat, Brooklyn, NY

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  • 2012 - GO, Brooklyn Art |Community-curated open studio project, Brooklyn, NY

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THE INTERNATIONAL ARTIST FAIR | Parallax Art Fair, | Soho, NY

            

GENERATIONS VIII Group exhibition | A.I.R Gallery | Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 

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  • 2011 - THE NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP SHOW | PLG Arts | Brooklyn NY

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  • 2008 - 1ST ANNUAL GROUP SHOW | PLG Arts’ | K-Dog & Dune Buggy café, Brooklyn, NY

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  • 2006/2007 - TRACING SHADOWS, Group Exhibition | The Israel Museum Youth Wing. Jerusalem, Israel

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  • 1999  - THE BEGINNING… A SPACE EXHIBIT | Group exhibition | The Space Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

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  • 1998  - Slide Presentation of Art Works | The San Francisco Public Library, CA

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GROUP EXHIBITION | June Group exhibition | The Emerging Collector, New York, NY

           

SEND IN THE CLONES | Group exhibition | The Emerging Collector, New York, NY 

         

DIANA FEVER | Group exhibition | The Emerging Collector, New York, NY 

        

  • 1996 - Slide Presentation of Works | Hillel House, California State University, Chico CA

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  • 1995 - NATIONAL SHOWCASE IV | Group exhibition | Alternative Museum, New York, NY

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  • 1992 - THE RED BUILDING | Group exhibition | Tel-Aviv, Israel  

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  • 1990 - PROMISE,10 Bezalel most promising Artists of the last decade | Bezalel New Campus, Jerusalem, Israel

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PUBLIC GALLERY project - Artist's painting on a billboard | 35 Lang St. Frankfurt, Germany

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GROUP EXHIBITION | Painters and Sculptors Association House | Tel-Aviv, Israel

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  • 1989 - Artists for "THE AIDS TASK FORCE" |  Group exhibition | Richter Gallery, Jaffa, Israel

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  • 1988 - CATASTROPHE | Group exhibition | Jerusalem Theater, Israel

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  • 1986 - FIRST SHOWING | Group exhibition |  Dizengoff Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel   

       

  • 1985 - FIRST LINE | | Group exhibition | Ein Harod Museum. Kibbutz Ein Harod, Israel

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 EDUCATION, HONORS & AFFILIATIONS

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  • Member of The Jewish Art Salon, Long Beach Art League, West End Art GUild, Art League of Long Island & The America-Israel Cultural Foundation

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1990  - Chosen as one of the 10 most promising Artists of the last decade in the publication honoring the inauguration of the new Bezalel campus on Mount Scopus, Jerusalem


1980- 84    Bezalel Art Academy, Jerusalem, Israel. BFA from the Sculpture & Painting Dept.


1983 -84    Helena Rubinstein American - Israeli Culture Foundation Scholarship

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1977           Artistic youth delegation & exhibitions in Austria and France, sponsored by the Jerusalem Municipality
 

1976           Scholarship from the "Black Panthers" for study at the Jerusalem Artists House

                 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

PUBLICATIONS:

 

  • Leider, Philip. “PROMISE–Ten Bezalel Artists of the last decade”. Publication in honor of the inauguration of the new Bezalel campus on Mount Scopus. Published by BEZALEL ACADEMY OF ART AND DESIGN. June 1990.

  • Ben-Noon, Yigal/ Cohen Gan, Pinchas/Lavi, Rafi/Dr. Ofrat, Gideon. “SIR LACHATZ (Pressure Cooker)–Young Art in Israel–at the Jerusalem Theater”. (Exhibition catalog). Israel: Published by STAVIT. March 1986.

  • Bar-Or, Gila and Cohen Gan, Pinchas, “FRONT LINE–Group Show. Israeli Artists June–July 1985. Mishkan Leomanut Ein Harod”. Israel: Published by MISHKAN LE OMANUT MUSEUM OF ART EIN HAROD. June 1985.

  • “YOUNG ARTIST’ EXHIBITION Artists House Jerusalem Summer 84’” Israel: Published by STUDIO 106. June 1984.

 

PRESS & INTERVIEWS

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  • Excerpt recording from THE JEWISH ART SALON After the Flood: Regenesis V open studios. Presenting and discussing artworks relating to this theme. Artworks done during Covid lockdown and before. Curated by Dorit Jordan Dotan and Judith Joseph. https://youtu.be/p8wSIhGniR8

  • The Food Show Exhibition, Local Project, Long Island City, NY 2016. NY1 TV segment (0:15 sec and end 1:18) Showing Piece of Cake, Pear it, Lemon Aid, FRUITION and Applet artworks. https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2016/03/8/all--palates--welcome-at-long-island-city-food-art-gallery

  • Featured Artist April 2019 on ARTSY SHARK https://www.artsyshark.com/2019/04/02/featured-artist-efrat-baler/

  • Weiss, Suzanne “Israeli art reflects pastiche of cultures, artist asserts”. JEWISH BULLETIN OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (Weekly March 1998): Entertainment/Arts/Sports.

  • Photo of a painting. AL’HAMISHMAR (Daily Newspaper). Israel, (1992 Jewish New Year edition): Art and Culture.

  • Director, Rutt “5 Faces of Young Art - Review of exhibition at the Red Building”. MAARIV, (Evening newspaper), Israel. (07.10.1992): Art Review.

  • Photo of a painting, HA’ER. (Weekly Newspaper). Jerusalem, Israel. (09/02/1990): Back Cover

  • Painting on the Front Cover. WELCOME (Magazine of the Israel Airports) published by Israel Airports Authority Ben Gurion Airport. Israel. (Spring/Summer 1992) Cover

  • Vekshtein, David, “Artist Monologue” ARIM (Cities) (Weekly Newspaper). Tel Aviv, Israel. (07/12/1991): Art Section

  • Baler, Efrat. “About Art on a billboard–Efrat Baler in Frankfurt, Germany”. STUDIO (Israeli Art Magazine), Israel. (February 1990 Edition): page 57

  • Photo of a painting from an exhibition, AL’HAMISHMAR (Daily Newspaper). Israel. (03/14/1986): Art Section

  • Reviews and photo of a painting. KOL HA’EIR (Weekly Newspaper). Jerusalem, Israel. (02/28/1986): Art Section

  • Broshi, Oded “No Ideology - First Exhibition of the Year–9 artists”, YEDIOT ACHRONOT (Evening Newspaper). Israel. (01/31/1986): Art and Culture

  • Photo of a painting from an exhibition, HA’ARETZ (Daily Newspaper). Israel. (04/19/1985): Art Section

  • “V” - Painting commissioned by magazine, TATRAMA  (Art Magazine). Israel. (June 1985): International Edition No. 3

  • Levi, Itamar, “Joining the Family. Review of art show - Bezalel Art Academy Art Dept., Graduate Show” YEDIOT ACHRONOT (Evening Newspaper). Israel. (June 1984): Art Section

  • Goldstein, Gary, “Review of 3rd year Bezalel Art Academy Students end-of-year show” KOL HA’EIR (Weekly Newspaper). Jerusalem, Israel, (June 1983): Art and Culture section.

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