Zadok Ben-David

Born in Beihan, Yemen, in 1949. Lives and works between London and Portugal.
Zadok Ben-David is an award-winning artist best known for his sculptures, installations and public artworks, Ben-David explores themes related to human nature and evolution. His work is often described as poetic and magical, always poised between delicate miniature works and monumental installations. Metalwork has become his most frequently used language, contrasting with the subtle optical illusions he creates through a sometimes rough medium.

Ben-David represented Israel at the Venice Biennale in 1988 and participated in biennales worldwide including XXII Cerveira International Art Biennial, Portugal (2022), Breda Photo Biennial, Netherlands (2020), Krasnoyarsk Biennale, Russia (2019), Busan Biennale, South Korea (2010), Biennale Cuvee, Austria (2009);,“Wonder” Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2008) and Sculptuur Biennale, Netherlands (2007).

The artist has exhibited in various museums around the world.

Solo shows and group exhibitions include: Kröller-Müller Museum, Holland (2023), Contemporary Art Museum Maebashi, Japan (2023), Itchimbia Cultural Center, Ecuador (2022), Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, London, United Kingdom (2021), The Centro de Arte Contemporânea Graça Morais, Portugal (2019), Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, France (2018), Kenpoku Art Festival, Japan (2016), Art Gallery of Uzbekistan and the Israel Museum (2015), National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana (2014), Mysteski Arsevnal, Ukraine (2012), Guangdong Art Museum, China (2007), Singapore Museum of Art, Singapore (2003), Neanderthal Museum, Germany (2000), Palais Royal, Paris, France (2000), and Kunsteuropa, Germany (1992). 

Ben-David has also exhibited extensively in art galleries across Europe, Australia, America, Central Asia and the Middle East, and his works are included in many public and private collections around the world.

Ben-David is the recipient of numerous awards including the Grande Biennial Prémio at the XIV Biennale Internacional de Arte de Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal (2007) and the Tel Aviv Museum Prize for Sculpture (2005). In 2008, he was commissioned by the Beijing Olympics to create a unique installation.


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