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Ruven Kuperman

Born 1964 in Kishinev, USSR (now Moldova), lives and works in Tel Aviv.

The portraits and scenes he paints and draws incorporate figures and icons from different cultures - Japanese, Pre-modern, Russian prison tattoos and more - along with details of his own personal life.

Kuperman has received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York (1993). His solo shows include the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Golconda Fine Art Gallery and Rosenfeld Gallery in Tel Aviv, Kit Schulte Contemporary Art in Berlin, Janco Dada Museum in Ein Hod, and exhibitions in United States. Kuperman's work has been exhibited in group exhibitions worldwide, in venues such as the IV Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kit Schulte Contemporary Art in Berlin, Cain Schulte Contemporary Art in San Francisco, Salon d'art contemporain in Monaco, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Petach Tikva Museum of Art and more. Kuperman was awarded the Ministry of Culture prize in the field of plastic art and participated in residency programs in China and Singapore.


1992-1993 MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York

1991 Graduate studies in Photography, TSU, Towson, MD

1990-1991 Graduate studies in Photography, GWU, Washington DC

1986-1989 B.A in Art and Philosophy, Haifa University, Haifa

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 Assassins, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Leah Abir

2016 Не Буди, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Leah Abir

2016 On Dragons, Samurai, and Dim Sum, Wilfrid Israel Museum, curated by: Shir Meller-Yamaguchi

2012 New Mythologies, Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

2008 The "One Piece" Project, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Diana Dallal

2006 April, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Diana Dallal

2006 Portraits, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, curated by: Mordechai Omer (Catalog)

2000 Busts, Golconda Fine Art Ltd, Tel Aviv

1999 In Out, Kibbutz Beery Gallery, Kibbutz Beery, curated by: Ziva Yelin

1997 The first egg laid at the Janco Dada, Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod, curated by: Boaz Tal

1994 Body and Soul, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA

1993 Decadence, De Compression Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

1992 Armageddon, In Time Art Salon, Washington DC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Photo Album, Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Yael Efrati, Rami Maymon and David Adika

2017 Ministry of Culture award winers exhibition, MoBY, Bat Yam

2016 A Russian Tale, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

2016 The Naked Gun, P8 Gallery, Tel Aviv

2016 Draw to Perform, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach Tikva Museum of Art

2015 IV Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, Odessa, Ukraine

2013 Cutlug Paris 2013, Paris, France

2013 Tatoos:Tatoo representations in contemporary art, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva

2012 Fresh Prints, Feinberg Projects, Tel Aviv

2011 Magna Carta, Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin

2010 Artmonaco '10, Salon d'art contemporain, Monaco

2010 Magna Carta, Cain Schulte contemporary art, San Francisco, CA

2009 Cockeye: Male nude in contemporary Israeli art, Gal-On, Tel Aviv

2009 Traditions Contemporaneity, Third Moscow international festival of art, Moscow, Russia

2007 This is not an Israeli art, Tmunahc, Tel Aviv

2003 Playboyz, Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod

2003 Contemporary work from Private Israeli Collection, Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL

2003 Food in Art: A Matter of Taste, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

2001 Portrait of a State, Starr Gallery, Boston, MA

1999 Explosive Drawing, Hamumheh Alternative space, Tel Aviv

1998 Ethno Dance, Abu Kabir Community Center, Tel Aviv

1997 Art in the University 1969-1967, Haifa University, Haifa

1996 Virtual Reality, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

1996 International Festival of Performance, Jerusalem

1994 Hair: The Long and Short of, Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY

1994 The Fat Show, Michael Clark Gallery, Washington, D.C

1994 Sex, Obsession and Death, Art Workers Union, Memphis, TN

1993 Walk the Goddess Walk, DC-AC, Washington, D.C.

1993 M.F.A. Thesis show, Visual Arts Gallery, New York

1993 Playground, Dedicated Space, Brooklyn, NY

1993 The Photographic Object, Washington Center for Photography, Washington, D.C.

1992 Beyond Reality., In Time Art Salon, Washington, D.C.

1991 Photographer’s Forum Annual, Santa Barbara, CA

1991 David Lloyd Kreeger Prize, Dimock Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1990 Adler prize, Haifa University, Haifa

Grants & Awards

2019 Ann and Ari Rosenblatt Prize for Visual Art, Israel

2016 Ministry of Culture Prize to Encourage Creativity, Israel

Residencies & Fellowships

2012 Artist in residence, Hangzhou, China

2000 Artist in residence, Singapore


2016 Galia Yahav, From Russia With Ambivalence: Tel Aviv Portrait Exhibition Is Scattered, but Not Without Gems, Haaretz, 26.4.16, (Eng)

2010 Ellie Armon Azoulay, Studio visit, 2.4.10

2006 Tali Cohen Garbuz, Review of Ruven's solo show at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Ynet, 25.10.06, (Heb)


Private collections