Nirit Takele

Nirit Takele

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Born in 1985

Lives & works in Tel-Aviv, , Israel

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The Talia Sidi Prize, Award for academic excellence, Shenkar College. - 2014

Sotheby's 'Under The Hammer' Prize, Artist's Greenhouse, Fresh Paint Art Fair 9, Tel Aviv, Israel - 2017

Private Collections : Start Collection, Israel;

Public Collections : The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Shenkar College, Ramat Gan, Israel ;

Collected by museums and foundations


Presentation of the artist

Nirit Takele, born in Ethiopia in 1985, immigrated to Israel in 1991 in “Operation Solomon” an Israeli military operation that transported more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 36 hours. Although she grew up with very few memories of her childhood in Ethiopia, Nirit has been painting from a very young age practising her skills by studying the works of artists like Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Riviera and David Hockney. In 2015, Takele graduated with honours from Shenkar College, receiving The Talia Sidi Prize. 

Nirit is a bold colourist, building up faceted figurative bodies through the application of near abstract flat forms. With a sharp understanding of the power adjacent colours impart upon one another, her figures pop from the canvas, with vivid dimensionality. She explores her cultural heritage in her works, illustrating the everyday life of the Israeli Ethiopian community and finding inspiration in old Ethiopian sagas and folk tales remembered from her youth. In collaboration with Serge Trioche’s Israeli art incubator Start Residency Program, Addis Fine Art hosted Nirit for a two-month residency in Addis Ababa. Her renewed encounter with the reality of her birth place has led Nirit to produce some of her most remarkable works. Inspired by the colours around her, she adopted a much brighter palette giving the exuberantly colourful works an enhanced vividness and depth.

Nirit presently works from her studio in Tel Aviv. Her works are included in prestigious public and private collections including the Israel Museum, START collection, and Shenkar College. She is the 2017 winner of the Sotheby’s ‘Under the Hammer’ prize and her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including a group exhibition at the Haifa Museum 2017, Fresh Paint Art Fair 9 2017 and The Negev Museum of Art 2016.

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Nationality : Ethiopia

Painting Contemporary Art

In connection with

Addis Fine Art, London - United Kingdom


CV

1985

Born in Ethiopia

Education

2015

B.F.A., Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Art Department

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2011

B.F.A., Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Art Department

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Solo exhibitions & presentations

2019

Three Views, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

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2019

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, with Addis Fine Art, Industria, West Village, New York, USA

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2018

Israeli Fine Art, A Pop-Up Exhibition, Africana, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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2018

Flying With Angels, Addis Fine Art Project Space, London, UK

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Residencies

2018

Artist in residence, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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2018

Collaboration with "Africa First" artist residency program by Serge Tiroche, and Addis Fine Art

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2018

HeArt, The Leviev Heart Center, Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel

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2017

Artist's Greenhouse, Fresh Paint Art Fair 9, Tel Aviv, Israel

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2017

Equals, Fresh Paint Art Fair 9, Tel Aviv, Israel

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2017

The Human Condition, Serge Tiroche collection, Art Market Budapest

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2017

Dangerous Ar, Haifa Museums, Israel

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2017

Tav Teken, Supreme Court, Jerusalem, Israel

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2016

Zoom 2016, Ticho House – The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

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2016

Painting Camp 2016: Activists, The Negev Museum of Art, Be'er Sheva

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2016

Bread & Roses, Tel Aviv Artist's Studios, Israel

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Artworks