Maya Attoun

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Maya Attoun (Hebrew: מאיה אטון‎, born 1974) is an Israel multidisciplinary artist, born in Jerusalem.[1] She lives and works in Tel Aviv.[2]

Early life[edit]

Attoun graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, where she received her BFA in 1997 and an MFA in 2006. She is a lecturer at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Ramat-Gan.[1]

Career  [edit]

In 2007, Attoun took part in The Finalists Exhibition and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, for the Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israel Art Prize 2008.  The exhibition also included Michal Helfman, and Gil Marco Shani. The artists’ work was significant as they extended from painting to installation.[3]

In 2015, Attoun had a solo exhibition in Givon Art Gallery in Tel Aviv titled Half Full. For the exhibition, Attoun completely changed the interior of the gallery, building walls and corridors to resemble a house. The space was made to look like a "half full״ apartment, in which the viewer is made to assume the dweller has left the premise of the property, but some of their belongings remain.[4] The exhibition was well-received.[5][6]

In 2017, Attoun had a solo exhibition at the Haifa Museum of Art titled Lover's Eye. The exhibition encompassed twenty-five framed eye drawings. The drawings allude to the 18th century eye miniatures of "Lovers’ Eyes," usually painted with watercolor on ivory or parchment.

In 2018, Attoun published an Artist book, titled Weekly Planner 2018 where she revisits the year of 1818. The book marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – hybridizing the two years through monochromatic drawings akin to old manuscripts, etchings and prints.[7]

Style, Technique and Themes[edit]

Attoun is a multidisciplinary artist. Her works involve a variety of mediums; yet, drawings comprise an important element in her body of work. Her drawings are often in pencil. Attoun's installations typically encompass a variety of media, including murals, drawings, prints, sculptural objects, ready-mades and sound art. Much of Attoun's imagery thematically surrounds the body. Some of elements of her visual arsenal include, animals, skulls, hearts, blood vessels, ropes, stalks and cups.

Attoun's installations are part of a feminist trend, which combine beauty and horror, blood and disease, body and home.[3] Much of Attoun's imagery is associated with formal European iconography and motifs, drawing reference from the Neo-Gothic, Romantic, Pre-Raphaelite and Arts-and-Crafts movements of the 18th–19th centuries.[3]


  • 2004–2006 MFA, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel Aviv
  • 2000–2004 MA studies, Faculty of Arts, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv
  • 1993–1997 BFA, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem


Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2018 Book Launch, 2018 Artist Book and Weekly Planner, Givon Art Forum, Tel-Aviv
  • 2017 Lover's Eye, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa 2015–16 Half Full, Givon Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv 2011–12 Falling in Line with Hilla Ben Ari, Marie-Laure Flisch Gallery, Rome
  • 2011 Equations for a Falling Body, Givon Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv Threshold of Hearing, Lohamei Ha'getaot Gallery, Kibbutz Lohamei Ha'getaot
  • 2009 Entre Chien et Loup – Finalists Exhibition, Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize 2008, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
  • 2008 Modes of Application, Habres+Partner Gallery, Vienna
  • 2007 Blood Related, Yanko-Dada Museum, Ein-Hod Heart of Gold, Levontin Exhibition Space, Tel Aviv
  • 2006 SoulSeek, Lohamei Ha'getaot Gallery, Kibbutz Lohamei Ha'getaot


  1. ^ a b "Maya Attoun – contemporary artist | BIO/CV". Maya Attoun – contemporary artist. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Maya Attoun". Givon Art Gallery. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Maya, Attoun. "Entre Chien et Loup". Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  4. ^ Yahav, Galia (2016). "In Tel Aviv Show, an Artist Exposes the Room Inside Her". Haaretz. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  5. ^ Ofrat, Gideon (8 December 2015). "Maya Attoun: The apartment". Gideon Ofrat's warehouse (in Hebrew). Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  6. ^ Barnea, Reut (14 December 2015). "An apartment to remind". Calcalist (in Hebrew). Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  7. ^ Greenberg, Jennifer. "Maya's monster". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 20 August 2018.