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Iva Kafri

Born 1981 in Israel, lives and works in Tel Aviv.

Using a variety of materials, such as wallpaper, spray and acrylic paint, paper, and Plexiglas, she creates abstract paintings as well as installations, in which she dismantles the visual and compositional elements of painting into colorful and disorienting environments.

Kafri is a graduate of the MFA program at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris, where she has earned an ENSBA, as a student of Jean-Marc Bustamante and Dominique Gauthier. Kafri has had solo exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and RawArt Gallery in Tel Aviv. Her works have been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in venues both in Israel and abroad, including the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Haifa Museum of Art, the 1st Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art, La Générale en Manufacture in Sèvres, France, Vault and Tape Modern in Berlin, and Tilton Gallery in New York. Kafri was awarded the prestigious Rappaport Prize for Young Artist by the Tel Aviv Museum in 2013.


2006-2007, Christian Bernard's Seminar

2005-2006 MFA, Hunter College, New York City, New York, Exchange Programme

2002-2007 BFA, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Beaux Arts de Paris, Paris, France

Solo Exhibitions

2020 ADAMA, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Maya Bamberger (Catalog)

2017 CONTINUITY, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Leah Abir

2014 MULTIPLANE, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

2013 Iva Kafri | Solo Exhibition, Raw Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Nogah Davidson

Group Exhibitions

2019 Raw Art, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Maya Bamberger

2017 Ingathering, 10th Anniversary of the Rappaport Prize for a Young/Established Israeli Artist, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

2015 The Museum Presents Itself 2, Israeli Art from the Museum Collection, Tel Aviv Museum o of Art, Tel Aviv

2013 Summer Exhibition, Tel Aviv Museum o of Art, Tel Aviv

2012 Gallery Collection, Raw Art Gallery, Tel Aviv

2012 Space Shuttle, Ha'halalit- Artist Studio, Tel Aviv, Ohavim Omanut - Osim Omanut Festival

2011 Formally Speaking/ And what shall we do with Painting in the 21st Century?, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa

2011 The Rite to Spring, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv

2011 The Beauty of Mistake, The Spaceship Gallery, Tel Aviv

2011 Antimatter, Petah Tikva Art Museum, Petah Tikva, curated by: Irit Carmon Popper, Site specific installation

2010 White Plot, Kalisher Art Space, Tel Aviv

2010 Tachycardia - a tribute to Francis Bacon, Sommer Gallery, Tel Aviv

2009 Shem Zmani, Dizengoff Center, Tel Aviv

2009 Tape 10, Tape Modern, Berlin, Germany

2009 Podrostok, SOX, Berlin, Germany

2009 Drag& Drop, La Générale en Manufacture, Sèvres, France

2008 + / -, Vault, Berlin, Germany

2008 Nacht und Nebel Festival, Berlin, Germany

2007 The Rear, The first Herzliya Biennial of contemporary art, Herzliya

2007 Diploma, ENSBA, Paris, France

2006 School Days, Tilton Gallery, New York City, New York

Grants & Awards

2013 The Rappaport Award for Young Artist, The Bruce and Ruth Rappaport Foundation, Tel Aviv


2020 Joy Bernard, In the Studio: Iva Kafri, Tel Aviv, Art Source In collaboration with Collectors Agenda, 22.9.2020, (Eng)

2015 Pablo Markin, Iva Kafri - In Conversation with an Up-And-Coming Israeli Artist, Culture Trip, 10.12.15, (Eng)

2014 Galit Edut, Iva in Wonderland, Ma'ariv Weekend Edition, Tel Aviv, 03.07.14, (Heb)

2013 Eli Armon Azoulai, Rappaport Award Winner Iva Kafri, Ha'aretz, Tel Aviv, 11.2.13, (Heb)

2013 Merav Yudilovich, Rappaport Award Winner Iva Kafri, Ynet, Tel Aviv, 11.2.13, (Heb)

2013 Reut Barnea, Rappaport Award Winner for 2013 Press Release, Calcalist, Tel Aviv, 13.2.13, (Heb)

2013 Yehonatan Mishal, You Can Not Make a Gesture on Canvas the Way You Can on a Wall, Erev Rav Magazine, Tel Aviv, 29.7.13, (Heb)

2012 Sigal Namir, Iva Kafri Arranges and Tightens, and Puts in Front What is in the Background, Maa'riv, Tel Aviv, 7.9.12, (Heb)

2011 Eli Armon Azoulai, The Aircraft's Landing, Ha'aretz, Tel Aviv, 9.12.11, (Heb)








Brandes Collection, Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Museum Collection, Tel Aviv

Private collections