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, 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.
* Monterey Peninsula College, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, University of California, University of Berkeley, and Congregation Sherith Israel.
Efrat creates multidimensional paintings that require more than a passive, frontal moment’s examination that is typical of classical painting and today’s short attention spans. Her 3D transdisciplinary paintings have multiple viewing options and require active examination by the viewer. Efrat explores different ways to make and exhibit paintings by broadening painting’s spatial presence, its assimilation, its boundaries and the semantics between it and sculpture. The xenogeneic artworks are either wall-hung, on integrated stands, tabletop, pedestal, on revolving turntables or are free standing floor entities. The 3D hybrid artworks combine elements that morph on, beneath, or behind the canvas. Efrat constructs and deconstructs the painting, creating a pseudo animation that exposes the artist’s process, techniques and different forms of artistic practice. Using her background as a traditional painter, she presents a singular inside look into the innards of the sculptural paintings, exposing the commonly hidden parts, both those that are physical and the hypothetical.
Efrat reimagines and redefines the place and space of a painting but without the help of virtual reality and immersive art experiences. She uses conventional techniques, mediums and tools to create a more interactive viewing experience and expands on the question of what is a painting and its existences beyond the wall.
2017 SOLO EXHIBITION| Solo exhibition | PLG ARTS’ | Tugboat, Brooklyn, NY
1991 SOLO EXHIBITION | Painters & Sculptures Association Tel-Aviv, Israel
PAINTINGS 1990 - 91 | Solo exhibition, Municipal Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
1985 MUTATIONS | Solo exhibition | Anatea Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1976 SOLO EXHIBITION | Beit Nehemia Center | Sponsored by the Jerusalem Municipality Youth Dept., Jerusalem, Israel
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022 66TH ANNUAL MEMBERS’ EXHIBITION (Honorable Mention Award) | Art League of Long Island | Dix Hills, NY
FORCES OF NATURE | Long Beach Artists League | Long Beach Public Library, NY
OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP EXHIBIT | Long Beach Artists League | Long Beach Public Library, NY
THE BEST OF WEST END ART | West End Arts Guild | Long Beach Public Library, NY
THE LEONA POST SUMMER AWARDS EXHIBIT | Long Beach Artists League Member Exhibit | Long Beach Public Library, NY
"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
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
THANKFUL | Long Beach Art League Member Exhibit | Long Beach Public Library, NY
REFLECTIONS | Long Beach Art League Juried Exhibit | Long Beach Public Library, NY
GOOD NEIGHBORS | Group exhibition | Amos Eno Gallery, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
2019 LIC FEAR III | Group exhibition, LIC Arts Open | The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
ARTBOX. GALLERY Digital Exhibition October 2019 | Zürich, Switzerland.
GIANT STEPS | Group exhibition | Open Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2018 FALL SALON | Group exhibition, LIC Arts Open | The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
FROM MINISCULE TO MONUMENTAL | Group exhibition, LIC Arts Open Gallery | The Factory, Gallery II, LI City, NY
THE 5 NAPKIN SHOW | Group exhibition, part of LIC Arts Open| The Factory, Gallery II, Long Island City, NY
2017 PLG ARTS’ | Solo exhibition | Tugboat, Brooklyn, NY
DEBTFAIR | Group Exhibition (participating artist), Occupy Museums | Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
ANIMALIA Group exhibition | Local Project Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2016 LIC ARTS OPEN Group exhibition | LIC Arts Open, Long Island City, NY
DIORAMARAMA | Club 157, Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
THE FOOD SHOW | Local Project Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2014 THE SELFIE SHOW | MONA, Museum of New Art, Armada, MI
ANNUAL SMALL WORKS SHOW | 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013 PLG ARTS GROUP EXHIBITION | Tugboat, Brooklyn, NY
2012 GO, Brooklyn Art |Community-curated open studio project, Brooklyn, NY
THE INTERNATIONAL ARTIST FAIR | Parallax Art Fair, | Soho, NY
2011 GENERATIONS VIII Group exhibition | A.I.R Gallery | Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
THE NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP SHOW | PLG Arts | Brooklyn NY
2008 1ST ANNUAL GROUP SHOW | PLG Arts’ | K-Dog & Dune Buggy café, Brooklyn, NY
2006/2007 TRACING SHADOWS, Group Exhibition | The Israel Museum Youth Wing. Jerusalem, Israel
1999 THE BEGINNING… A SPACE EXHIBIT | Group exhibition | The Space Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1998 Slide Presentation of Art Works | The San Francisco Public Library, CA
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
1995 NATIONAL SHOWCASE IV | Group exhibition | Alternative Museum, New York, NY
1992 THE RED BUILDING | Group exhibition | Tel-Aviv, Israel
1990 PROMISE,10 Bezalel most promising Artists of the last decade | Bezalel New Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
PUBLIC GALLERY project - Artist's painting on a billboard | 35 Lang St. Frankfurt, Germany
GROUP EXHIBITION | Painters and Sculptors Association House | Tel-Aviv, Israel
1989 Artists for "THE AIDS TASK FORCE" | Group exhibition | Richter Gallery, Jaffa, Israel
1986 PRESSURE COOKER | Group exhibition | Jerusalem Theater, Israel
FIRST SHOWING | Group exhibition | Dizengoff Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1985 FRONT LINE | Group exhibition | Ein Harod Museum. Kibbutz Ein Harod, Israel
EDUCATION, HONORS & AFFILIATIONS
The Jewish Art Salon, Long Beach Art League, West End Art Guild, Art League of Long Island & The America-Israel Cultural Foundation
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
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
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
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.