Michael Halak was born in 1975 in Fassuta, a village in the Upper Galilee. He currently lives and works in Haifa. After studying Fine Arts at Haifa University, Halak won a residence scholarship in 2005 to attend the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. There, he would perfect his hyper-realistic style. He graduated with an MFA at Haifa University in 2009.
Halak’s works move along the frontier between hyper-realism and conceptualism. The illusion of reality represented on canvas may be seductively beautiful and perfect, but equally, it conveys feelings of disruption and disintegration. These perfectly constructed and executed works depict landscapes, feeling, impermanence, hybridity, entrapment, or categorization.
Halak plays with our perception to make us feel what he feels, to experience his reality: a life in transition in a place not really his.
Halak has exhibited extensively in museums such as the Tel Aviv Museum, the Herzelia Museum, the Haifa Museum, and many more. He has also exhibited in galleries in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.
Halak has won several awards, including the Ministry of Culture and Sports’s award for contemporary artists (twice) and the Rappaport Prize for Young Painters.
The following conditions of sale describe the relationship between the Institute for Palestine Studies-USA and the buyers, prospective buyers, and bidders for the Keyword: Palestine II Art Exhibition and Auction which will begin on March 2nd, 2020, and end on December 31st, 2020. By using this website to buy, bid, or inquire about any artwork, you agree to be bound by these conditions.
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