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Nir Hod (born 1970) is an Israeli artist based in New York.

Nir Hod began his career in video, works in sculpture but is known for his high realism paintings. Hod studied at Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy and New York's Cooper Union School of Art. His work investigates old notions of hyper-seriousness and personal authenticity. Hod's realistic takes on rakish narcissism examine androgyny, identity, sexual confusion, and excess. As Richard Vine wrote in the catalogue for Hod’s survey exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, “From the beginning of his career, Nir Hod has opposed the ideology that labels sumptuousness an esthetic sin. His work openly substitutes the pleasure principle and a fluid multiplicity of selves for the old notions of high seriousness and personal authenticity.” In his recent series of “Genius” paintings and sculptures, Hod depicted aristocratic young men and women whose cherubic cheeks contrast with their scornful expressions and smoldering cigarettes.

For his solo exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Mother, Hod created a series of paintings that reference the iconic photograph, taken by the Nazi photographer Franz Konrad, of Nazi soldiers clearing out the Warsaw Ghetto during the Second World War. Although most of the scholarship and speculation about this photograph has centered on the identity of the young boy with his arms raised, Hod’s paintings focus on the woman in profile closest to the photographer. By removing this faceless and often overlooked woman from the historical context of the original photograph, he asks the viewer to consider who she was and to imagine the life that she could have had. Hod depicts her posing or dancing against a lush, cinematically lit background, a beautiful handbag draped across her arm. Alluring and fashionable, the woman in these paintings has completely escaped from the horrible reality of the original photograph.


b. 1970 Tel Aviv, Israel    

Lives and works in Manhattan, NY




1989-1993     B.F.A., Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem

1991     Student Exchange Program, Cooper Union School of Art, New York



2020     The Life We Left Behind, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles

2018     The Life We Left Behind, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Bech
             The Life We Left Behind, Makasiini Contemporary Gallery, Finland

2015     Life and Death of a Star, Michael Fuchs Gallery, Berlin , Germany

2014     Once Every Thing Was Much Better Even the Future, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

2012     Mother, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

2011     Genius, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

2008     Nova 7, Alon Segev Gallery, Israel

2007     Faded Heartache, Davide Gallo Gallery , Berlin

2006     You Are Not Alone, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

2005     Forever, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

            Luna a Las Vegas, Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv

2001     Destiny’s Days, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

2000     Heroes’ Tears, The Borowsky Gallery at the Gershman Y, Philadelphia

            Controversial Innocence, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

            Nir Hod, Liebman Magnan Gallery, New York

1999     Forever, Lime Light Club, New York

1998     Forever, Liebman Magnan Gallery, New York

             Forever Young, Miami-Dade Community College, Wolfson Galleries, Miami

1997     DOHRIN: The Last Painting, The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan, Israel

             A Souvenir from November, Mary Fauzi Gallery, Tel Aviv

1996     The Brush of the Heart, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv



2020     Still still Life, Sara Hilden Art Museum, Curated by Sarianne Soikkonen, Finland
             Vision 2020, Curators: David Kratz and Stephanie Roach, Southampton Arts Center

             Autumn Collection, Makasiini Contemporary Gallery, Finland

             Imperfect Clocks, Chart Gallery, New York

2019     Fixed Contained, curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama, Kotaro Nukaga Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

             First Person Singular Masculinities in Israeli Art, Ashdod Art Museum, Israel

             New Acquisitions, “Scenes From The Collection” The jewish Museum, New York

             Inaugural exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles

2018     The Bunker, 2018 – 2019 session curated by Maynard Monrow, Palm Beach
             Shop It, Haifa Museum of Art
             Dancing Goddesses, Dio Horia gallery, Mykonos, Greek
             PAINTING, Sarah Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach
             Points of light In A Nocturnal World, 7 Hekimer Place / Metro Picture

2017     Flaming June VII (Flaming Creatures), Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA

            Opulent Landscapes, De Buck Gallery, New York

            AnonimX: The End of the Privacy Era, Haifa Museum of Art

2016     Greek Gotham, Dio Horia gallery, Mykonos, Greek

            SOMETHING, Berry Campbell Gallery, New York

2015     Prima Facie: Works From Igal Ahouvi Art Collection The Babel Trilogy, Part 4, The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv

            Superwoman, Petach Tikva Museum, Israel

            Winter in America, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

2014     Look At Me: Portraiture From Manet To The Present, Leila Heller Gallery, New York

2013     A l’etage au found Upstairs in the back, Galerie Aveline Antiquaire, Paris

            FLAG’s 5th Anniversary, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York

            The Concept of Baroque in Contemporary Art, Henrik Springmann Gallery, Berlin

            Calligraffiti 1984 – 2013, Leila Heller Gallery, New York

            Amor Fati, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, Brooklyn New York

            LADIES & GENTS, Salomon Contemporary, New York

2012     BAD FOR YOU, Curated by Beth Dewoody Rudin, Shirazu Gallery, London

2011     Permanent Collection at the New Building, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel

2010     Art Basel Miami Beach, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

            Plank Road, Salomon Contemporary, New York“

             Natural Renditions, Marlborogh Gallery, New York

             Think Pink, curated by Beth Dewoody Rudin, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach

             Monuments in time, Michael Schultz Gallery, Beijing

2009     Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, curated by Lisa Dennison, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo New York

2008     As is, Contemporary art in Israel, Complesso del Vittoriano Museum, Rome

             Israeli art now, Naomi Arin Gallery , Las Vegas

            Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, curated by Lisa Dennison The FLAG Art Foundation, New York“

            Art of State, Contemporary Photography and Video Art from Israel, The Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam

             Access to Israel part 1 and part 2, The Jewish Museum, Frankfurt, Germany

             Eventually We’ll Die, Herzliya Museum, Israel

            We go in circles in the dark and are consumed by fire,’ Spaceother Gallery, Boston

            The luxury of love, Vanina Holasek Gallery, New York

2007     Irrational Exuberance, Maddox Arts Gallery , London

            Arte e Omosessualità, PALAZZO DELLA RAGIONE, Milan

            Sex and Sensuality, Salomon Contemporary Warehouse, East Hampton, New York

2006     East Meets Pop, Nathan A. Bernstein Gallery, New York

            Poiesis, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

2005     The New Hebrews – A Century of Art in Israel, Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum, Berlin

2004     Rose c’est la vie: On Flowers in Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

            Stop & Stor, LUXE Gallery, New York

            Pets, Time for Art (Zman Le’Omanut), Israeli Art Center, Tel Aviv

            Love is in the Air: Images of Romantic Love in Contemporary Israeli Art, Time for Art (Zman Le’Omanut),” Israeli Art Center,

            Tel Aviv

2003     Wonderyears: New reflections on the Shoa and Nazism in Israel, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin

            Künstraum Kreuzberg / Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

2002     9-11: One Year Later, The New York Historical Society, New York

2001     Uncommon Threads: Contemporary Artists and Clothing, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

            Between Earth and Heaven: New Classical Movements in the Art Today, Museum of Modern Art, Ostend, Belgium

1998     Manly, Art in General, New York

            Gallery Artists, Liebman Magnan Gallery, New York

            Cutting Edge: Style, Psychosis and the Ethics of Self, Robert Sandelson Gallery, London

            1998 Uniform, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

            After Rabin: New Art from Israel, The Jewish Museum, New York

            Bamot: The Building, Destruction and Restoration of High Places – Israel 1948-1998, The Vienna Jewish Museum, Vienna

            The Lesser Light, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1997     Fantasy, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel

1996     Desert Cliché: Israel Now – Local Images, traveling exhibition, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida;

            Grey Art Gallery & Study Center of New York University, New York Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta;

            Yerba Buena Center for the Art, San Francisco

1995     In Construction, The Haifa Museum of Art,” Haifa, Israel“Windows,” The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1994     MetaSex 94: Identity, Body and Sexuality, Ein Harod Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel; Bat Yam Museum of Art, Bat Yam, Israel

            Transit, Alternative Space at the Central Bus Station, Tel Aviv

1993     Antipathos: Black Humor, Irony and Cynicism in Contemporary Israeli Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem



2017      Pagel, David. “No wallflowers here: Sparks fly when art mingles on the walls of 'Flaming June VII',” Los Angeles Times, June 27.

              Binlot, Ann, “Spinning a Yarn: Angela Missoni Turns Her Hand to Performance Art and Craft,” Wallpaper Magazine, March

              Aschenbrand, Periel, “The Chosen Ones: An Interview with Artist Nir Hod,” Tablet Magazine, February

2016      “Gwyneth Paltrow’s Art Advisor Maria Brito Collaborates On Handbag Collection with Artist Nir Hod,” Forbes Donna Magazine, September

              Dafoe, Taylor, “Aspen Art Museum’s ArtCrush,” ArtInfo, August

              Herimman, Kat, “Aspen ArtCrush: It Has Grown From a Fundraiser into a Seasonal Phenomenon,” ArtNet, August

              Spirou Kiriakos, “Greek Gotham: Cosmopolitanism and Desire from New York to Mykonos,” Yatzer, August

              Northcross, Wayne, “Mykonos Art Gallery Hosts New York Works, Observer, July

              Koloff, Peter, “How New York Artists Interpret Greek Words,” T: The New York Times Style Magazine, July

              Seligso, Hannah, “The Greek Island that’s Becoming an Unexpected Art Destination”, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, July

              Slenske, Michael, “Donald Trump, the Muse: How 6 Artists Are Capturing the GOP Candidate,” New York Magazine, July

              Sutherline, Margaret, “John Varvatos Turns To Vintage Rock ‘N’ Roll & A Faraway Beach For Spring ’17 Inspiration,” Footwearnews, July

              Herriman, Kat, “Instant Essay: Nir Hod Q & A,” Cultured Magazine, June

              CULTURED Magazine, CREATIVE KISMET By Michael SlenskeAprilMayIssue2016

              Niv, Tal, “Tel Aviv Art Show Puts Faces Through Their Paces,” Haaretz, April

              Boutboul, Charlotte, “Maria Brito Taps Nir Hod for Handbag Collection,” Whitewall Magazine, March

              Kenefick, Courtney, “Smoke Signal,” Surface Magazine, January

2015     “Art Wares,” Interview Magazine, December

             Jansen, Charlotte, “Michael Fuchs creates a fictional, art-filled apartment for H.D. Buttercup,” Wallpaper Magazine, December

             Haramisdec, Nicholas, “Five Artist-Designed Objects — That Cost (Much) Less Than Canvases,” T: The New York Times Style Magazine, December

             TABLET Magazine, Nir Hod Making It: Mother Volume 1 – Issue 1  By David Samuels, December 2015

            “In the Air: Drug Mirrors, Trippy Skateboards At Paul Kasmin’s Miami Shop,“ ArtInfo, December

              Cohn, Alison S., “Art Basel Miami Beach Shopping Events,” T: The New York Times Style Magazine, December

             “Miami Madness: What to do during Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015,” Forbes, November

              Goldberg, Roxanne, “Nir Hod Paints Scornful Children,” Hi Fructose Magazine, September

              Rami, Trupti, “5 Discerning New Yorkers on Their Favorite Finds for the Home,” New York Magazine, September

              Herriman, Kat, and Gay Gassmann, “Can You Match These Artists With Their Childhood Works?,” T:

               The New York Times Style Magazine, August

              Hugill, Alison, “Interview//Nir Hod: The Life and Death of a Star,” Berlin Art Link, May

              Jaffe, Tali, “Q&A: 15 Minutes with Nir Hod,” Cultured Magazine, March

2014      Herriman, Kat, “The Art and Fashion Issue: Secondary Market,” W Magazine, November

              Lopiccolo, Emory, “Nir Hod: Flames, Flowers, and Snow Globes,” Whitewall Magazine, October

              Piepenbring, Dan, “Once Everything Was Much Better, Even the  Future,” The Paris Review, October

              Slenske, Michael, “Where Have All The Rock Stars Gone?  A  Conversation with  Nir  Hod,“ Modern Painters, September

             Mogilevskaya, Regina, “Slideshow:  Nir Hod  at Paul Kasmin Gallery,“ Blouin  ArtInfo, September

             “Top Exhibitions Opening Up This Week in New York,” Whitewall Magazine, September

             Binlot, Ann, “10 NYFW Events That Combine Art and Fashion,“, September

             Haveles, Kate, “Light in Darkness,“Artlog, September

             Laster, Paul, “10  Things to Do in New York’s  Art World Before September 18,“ Observer,  September

            “Featured: Nir Hod:  Once Everything Was Much Better Even the Future,” Artsy, September

             Munro, Cait, “Nir Hod discusses the art of creative destruction with Yigal  Azrouël,“ ArtNews, September

             Stamler, Hannah, “Nir  Hod’s  Monumental  Snow  Globe  Sculpture  Melds  Beauty  and  Machinery,“  Creators Vice, September

             “Critic’s Picks: Nir  Hod’s ‘Once  Everything Was Much Better Even the Future’,” Time Out New York, September  2014

             Herriman, Kat, “Behind  the  Mirror,“ W Magazine, September

             “Look at Me: Portraiture from Manet to the Present,” Wall Street International, May

              Love, Lucia, “Studio Visit//Nir Hod,” Berlin Art Link, April

              Lasky, Julie, “The Ring Cycle: Coasters’ Star Turn,” T: The New York Times Style Magazine, March

              Lopiccolo, Emory, “Nir Hod: Flames, Flowers, and Snow Globes,” Whitewall Magazine, Spring

              Shiffman, Allyson, “Nir Hod and the Importance of Narcissism,” Interview Magazine, July

              Gillerman, Dana, “Successful Israeli Artists Market Abroard,” Economist, January

2013      Rabinovitch, Simona, “Nir Hod, Eyes Wide Open,” Nuovo Magazine, Winter, 15th

              Anniversary, Issue

              Globs, By Hagit Peleg Rothem, December 19 2013

              Adam, Georgina,“The Art Market: Strong Sales at Art Basel Miami Beach,”

              Financial Times, December

              Roth, Jennifer, “Israeli Artists in the Spotlight at Art Basel Miami,” Sotheby’s Blog,


              Creahan, Daniel, “AO Recap and Photoset: Art Basel Miami Beach, December 3rd-8th, 2013,” AO, December

              The Oasis, Art Basel Miami 2013, Dec 10 2013

              Gold, Adi, “Nir Hod Work Sells for $1M at US Art Show,” Y Net, December

              Edmondson, Joyce, “Art Basel Miami: Overwhelming, but worth it,” Florida Trend, December

               Rogers, Pat, “Art Basel Miami Beach Opens: Part 1,” Hamptons Art Hub, December

              Tschida, Anne, Douglas Hanks, Hannah Sampson, Andres Viglucci, Jordan Levin,

              and Jane Wooldridge, “13 Things You Better Not Miss at Basel,” Miami Herald, December 

             “Slideshow: Art Basel Miami Beach Week in Pictures,” Blouin Art Info, December

              Silver, Leigh, “50 Must-See Art Pieces at Art Basel Miami Beach 2013,” Complex, December 

              Halperin, Julia, “Just How Fresh Can You Get?,” The Art Newspaper, December

              Crow, Kelly, “Art Art Basel Miami Beach, High Confidence,“ Wall Street Journal, December

              Wooldridge, Jane, “Art Lovers Make a Rush for Opening of VIP Basel,” Miami Herald, December

              FitzSimons, Amanda, “Make Like Meriwether and Add Some Humor to Your

              Home,” Elle Décor, October

              Herriman, Kat, “’Genius Nicolai’ by Nir Hod,” Cool Hunting, August

              Shiffman, Allyson, “Nir Hod and the Important of Narcissism,” Interview Magazine, July

              Rabinovich, Simona, “Limited Edition Nir Hod Sculptures,” Gotham, July

              Zara, Janelle, “Nir Hod’s Melancholic ’Genius’ Now Available for the China Cabinet,” ArtInfo, January

              Anderson, Michael, “Frieze NY Art Fair in Photos,” Whitehot Magazine, May

              Wagner, Lilit, “Lecture at the Tel Aviv Museum,” Yediot Hachronot, April

               Cohen, Maya, “This Child is Me,” Israel Today, April

               Cembalest, Robin, “Painting Auschwitz Blue,“ ArtNews, January

2012       Phelan, Amy, “Never Seen Geniuses: Interview with Amy Phelan,” Document

               Magazine, Issue No. 27, September

               Anderson, Nicole Gates, “Where Bronze Transforms Into Fine Art,” The New York Times, September

               “APT with LSD: Kyle DeWoody”, June

               Hicklin, Aaron, “New York,” Edinburg Arts Journal, May

               Fire, Roy, and Tal Peer, “Nir Hod,” Lady Globs Magazine, May

               Binlot, Ann, “The Taste Maker: ’Genius’ Artist Nir Hod Shares His Penchant for Pizza and Israeli Sandals,” ArtInfo, April

               Amand, Lisa, “Nir Hod Focuses on Mother’s Anguish,” The Forward, April

               Kirschbaum, Susan, “Susan Kirschbaum Gets Her Friends Naked,” The Standard Culture, April

               Gold, Adi, “In The Shadow,” Musaf Yediot Hahronot, March

               Fabricant, Annie, “Nir Hod, the Artist Behind the Genius Children, Unveils Mother,” Huffington Post, March

              Cembalest, Robin, “Holocaust Imagery as Art,” Tablet, March

              Becker, Noah, “Mother: Interview with Nir Hod,” Whitehot Magazine, March

              Herschthal, Eric, “Where Beauty and Death Collide,” The Jewish Week, March

              Herschthal, Eric, “Nir Hod,” Love Magazine, Spring / Summer Issue

              Miller, Gregory E., “Imagining Victim’s ‘Mother’,“ New York Post, March

            “Critic’s Picks: The Five Best Events this Week,” Time Out New York

             Helle, Howard, “Nir Hod Spring’s Top 20 Art Exhibitions,” Time Out New York, February

2011      Gamerman, Ellen, “The Changing Face of Portraits,” Wall Street Journal, August

              Conner, Jill, “Nir Hod: Genius,” Whitehot Magazine, July

              Hicklin, Aaron “Nir Hod: A Rising Israeli Artist Engages in Some Baby Talk,” Out Magazine, June

              Murg, Stephanie, “AO On Site – New York: Nir Hod ’Genius’ opening at Paul Kasmin Gallery; with an interview with the artist,” Art Observed, June

              Murg, Stephanie, “Portraits of the CEO as a Young Man: Nir Hod’s Budding Geniuses,” Unbeige, June

              Gold, Adi, “Hod and More,” Musaf Yediot Hahronot, June

              Schlank, Joey, “Artist Profile: Nir Hod,” Gotham Magazine, June

              Dobies, Danielle, “Nir Hod’s ’Genius’,” Whitewall Magazine, June

              Slenske, Michael “The Kids Are Alright? The Paintings of Nir Hod,” Art In America, May

              Kim, Sebastian “Child’s Play,” Interview Magazine, May

             “Cigarette-Wielding Baby Geniuses,” ArtLog, April

2010      Morris, Jane, The Art Newspaper, Issue 223, April

              Legal Aliens, Programa Magazine, Spring Issue

2009      “Nothing is More Narcotic From the Past,” Black Book Magazine, May

             Dabkowski, Colin, “Wall Rockets’ at Albright-Knox celebrates artist Ed Ruscha,” Buffalo News, August

              Smith, Claire, Elle Décor Russia, June

              Hameiri, Yham, “Portrait of the Artist,” Haharetz, March

2008      Bookatz, Karen, “Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha at the   

              FLAG”, Dossier Magazine, October

2007       Bryan, Meredith, “Culture Party,” Observer, August

2005      “Nir Hod: Forever,” Tel Aviv Museum of Art (exhibition catalogue)

              Gorgen, Vera, “Gelobtes Kriegsland,“ Financial Times Deutschland, June

              Von Becker, Peter, “Maschinenpistolen im Kronleuchter,“ Der Tagesspiegel, June

1999       Turner, Grady, “Nir Hod,” Flash Art, October

               Sirmans, Franklin, “Nir Hod at Liebman Magnan,” Art In America, January

               Katz-Freiman, Tami, “Forever Young,” Wolfson Galleries, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL (exhibition catalogue)

1998       Turner, Elisa, “Exhibit Celebrates Unusual Portraits,” The Herald, November

1997       Glueck, Grace, “Israelis Who Put Acid in the Milk-and-Honey Formula,”

               The New York Times, November

1996       “Short List,“ The Village Voice

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