Project no.212

Shlomi Leizarov


Chief Curator: Rachel Sukman

Opening: Thursday, 22 Augost 2019, 19:30 p.m.

Closing: Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 18 p.m.

6 Zamenhoff St. , Tel Aviv, tel.: 03-5254191
Gallery hours: Tue.- Thurs. 1
1a.m - 6p.m.; Fri. 11a.m.- 14:00 p.m.




, 2010
Oil on canvas mixed brush and palette knife
90x60 cm

Five nude women, 2004
Oil on canvas
80x60 cm

Embrace, 2009
Oil on canvas
70x90 cm

Three women, 2005
Synthetic chalk on paper
50x70 cm


Untitled, 1982
Felt-tip pen on paper

Midway meeting, 2018
Oil on canvas
80x60 cm

A country view, 2018
Oil on canvas mixed brush and palette knife
80x60 cm

The Dog Walker , 2017
Oil on canvas
80x60 cm


The Kleinstein Family, 1995
Oil pastel on paper
50x38 cm

The Kaveret Band
Felt-tip pen on black paper
89x33 cm

A man, 2000

55x75 cm


Shlomi Leizarov : Paintings

Rachel Sukman


Shlomi Leizarov was born in Bat Yam, Israel in 1970. He lives in his parents' home in Ashdod, and divides his time between Kfar Ofarim by ALUTthe Israeli Society for Children and Adults with Autism, and his art teacher's studio.

Leizarov's work is free of rules and restrictions. His paintings convey the beauty emanating from within him, giving a vivid expression to artistic pluralism, which is impossible for "insider" artists who abide by the rules. His paintings have a different, obsessive appearance. They are made of bright color surfaces, filled with either joy or sadness, and are typified by exaggeration, as if there is a truth striving to breach the boundaries of the canvas or paper.

His oeuvre spans dozens of colorful, inspirational "childlike" paintings in various materials and techniques, which articulate his feelings toward people and animals that he likes. They are populated by singers and other celebrities, people who share the same fate, his classmates, his teachers, and most of allhis family, which stars, among others, in a painting depicting his parents via flashes of memory from a trip abroad they took together.

Leizarov's paintings may be ascribed to the genre of Outsider artart usually created outside an artistic structure or by people who do not regard themselves as artists per se. This genre was granted exposure in various exhibitions, including the 2013 Venice Biennale, where curator Massimiliano Gioni gave it a place of honor. In his current exhibition, Leizarov joins a long and respectable line of artists in Israel and abroad who create in this style.