Roni Taharlev

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Roni Taharlev (Hebrew: רוני טהרלב), born 1964, is an Israeli figurative painter.[1] She exhibited in diverse international and Israeli museums and galleries, including the Israel Museum,[2] the National Portrait Gallery in London, and an exhibition curated at the Grand Palais in Paris.[3][4] Taharlev teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.[5][6]


Taharlev was born in 1964 at the Kibbutz Yagur in Israel. Taharlev is the daughter of the Israeli lyricist Yoram Taharlev and the poet and author Nurit Zarchi.[7] In 2012 a self-portrait of hers was included in the BP Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London and was also exhibited in Scotland and Wales. In 2019 her painting Not This Light, the Other Light was selected for the major exhibition The Moon, from Real to Imaginary Voyages at the Grand Palais in Paris, a ‘first’ for an Israeli painter. In 2019 she also had a solo exhibition at the Herzliya Museum for Contemporary Art, titled White Ravens.[8]

Taharlev's work is in the genre of figurative realist painting, especially portraits. Her work is characterized by a deep knowledge of the classical tradition in European painting through the ages, and by her ability to correspond with this tradition from a position of familiarity while insisting at the same time on a modern-contemporary perspective, thus creating in her paintings over many years a highly personal artistic language.

Taharlev uses her paintings of figures and portraits to explore fundamental experiences of identity and selfhood in modern Western society, such as the objectification of women, the limits of gender binaries, and the cultural aspiration for determinism versus ambivalence and play.


Name Year
Galleries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, exhibition ‘La Lune. Du voyage réel aux voyages imaginaires’ 2019
Herzliya Museum for Contemporary Art, solo exhibition “White Ravens” (with catalog) 2019
Petach Tikva Museum of Art, group exhibition[9] 2019
Rothschild Fine Art Gallery, solo exhibition[10] 2019
Ben Gurion University Art Gallery, solo exhibition “Undressing the Nude” (with catalog)[11] 2018
Rothschild Fine Art Gallery, solo exhibition, “The Land Where the Lemons Bloom” 2017
Contemporary Golconda, solo exhibition “Virgins and Goldfinches” 2016
The Kubia art space, Jerusalem, group exhibition 2015
Contemporary Golconda, summer group exhibition 2015
Tel Aviv Museum, commission for group exhibition “Blue and White Delft” 2014
Rothschild Fine Art Gallery, group exhibition 2013
BP Award exhibition, National Portrait Gallery London, group exhibition 2012
BP Award, group exhibitions in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh and the Welsh National Portrait Gallery in Exeter 2012
Jerusalem Studio School Gallery, Jerusalem, solo exhibition 2011
Rothschild Fine Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, group exhibition 2011
Bernard gallery Tel Aviv, solo exhibition 2010
Engel Gallery, Tel Aviv, group exhibition 2008
Lochamei Ha'getaot Gallery, solo Exhibition as winner of the Oskar Hendler Prize 2002
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, group exhibition 2000
Amalia Arbel Gallery, Tel Aviv, solo Exhibition 1995
Amalia Arbel Gallery, Rishon Lezion Solo Exhibition 1994
The America- Israel Foundation, The Helena Rubinstein Museum, Tel Aviv. group exhibition 1983


  • La Lune. Du voyage réel aux voyages imaginaires, Galleries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 2019 (French)
  • White Ravens 2015-2019, solo exhibition catalogue, Herzliya Museum for Contemporary Art, 2019
  • Undressing the Nude, Ben Gurion University, 2018, solo exhibition catalogue
  • Delft in Blue and White, Tel Aviv Museum, 2014, curator Doron Luria, group exhibition catalogue
  • BP Award Catalogue, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2012
  • Blood Relation, Bernard Gallery, 2009, solo exhibition catalogue
  • The Great Illustrators Book, Israel Museum, 2004 (Hebrew)

Grants & Awards[edit]

  • 2019 - Artis Art Fund, grant to support work in Berlin
  • 2012 - BP Award, National Portrait Gallery, London[12]
  • 2002 - The Oskar Hendler Prize, Israel[13]
  • 2000 - The Ben Isaac Prize, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • 1983 - The America Israel Fund Award for Young Artists


  1. ^ "Roni Taharlev". curiator.
  2. ^ "Roni Teharlev". The Israel Museum.
  3. ^ "ISRAELI ART TO THE LOUVRE". The Jerusalem Post.
  4. ^ "Roni Taharlev- Grand Palais". Rothschild Fine Art.
  5. ^ "Visual Communication: Faculty Person". Bezalel.
  6. ^ "EXHIBITOR". National Portrait Gallery.
  7. ^ "בשר מבשרם: ריאיון עם רוני טהר-לב". makorrishon. Alon Hadar.
  8. ^ "Roni Taharlev - White Ravens". THE HERZLIYA MUSEUM. Amalia Ziv.
  9. ^ "Keeping at Distance: On Intimacy in Contemporary Painting". petach tikva museum.
  10. ^ "Roni Taharlev - Portraits". freshpaint.
  11. ^ "פתיחה חגיגית של שתי תערוכות". en-Gurion University of the Negev.
  12. ^ "Self-portrait by Roni Taharlev". National Portrait Gallery.
  13. ^ "תערוכה: קרבת הבשר של רוני טהרלב". ynet.

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