Yam Shalev

berlin, germany

1. this is the last time i’m texting her when i’m drunk, next time she’ll think i love her
acrylic and spray on canvas, 70cm x 50cm, 2020

2. i could have known the flamenco if i wasn’t a fan of the bourbon
acrylic on canvas, 60cm x 40cm, 2020

3. trust me, next time i’ll do it better
acrylic and spray on canvas, 70cm x 50cm 2020

4. two more weeks in this amazon business and i´ll buy myself this new apple watch i´ve been dreaming on 
acrylic and spray on canvas, 70cm x 50cm, 2020

5. all this disrespect for the doggiestyle will eventually make people think here is no love in there
acrylic and spray on canvas, 60cm x 40cm, 2020

I paint to create a more positive world than the world I came from. Although the paintings are colourful, bright, childish and fantastical, they are a direct result of a small, complex and full of land wars and conflicts, an Israeli environment where I grew up and to this day identify with its land.
Just like where I came from, the paintings on land without land, neither past, present or future, imagination and reality, positive and negative, but always a combination all.

On the technical level, I'm interested in distorting of space and narrative, light and shadow, and a healthy composition, which is the endless possibilities of the piece. Through the variety of techniques and dimensions, as well as the use of bright and pointy colours, transitions between realistic and imaginary, the work asks the viewer to slow down and analyse the image several times from different opening points, step by step, from character to character, to get the overall picture and evaluate the whole story.
Like individual situations that converge into one complete story that can be understood in retrospect, after we scroll it several times head-on. So does the composition of the characters, shapes, dimensions and clues scattered across the canvas, in various colors and techniques, finally converging and connecting to one complete story and a retrospective.

Yam Shalev (born 1996, Israel) is a contemporary artist who had decided to shift his career and move to Berlin to pursue an artistic career. Yam's recent works explores post-digital pop culture, influenced by the connections that one has with the virtual dimension and the boundaries within. Above all, Yam's works look to explore the influence of the digital surreal environments on our culture which we are inevitably surrounded by today. Yam lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Yam managed to participate in several group exhibitions in Berlin, London and Italy and take part in international Auctions and residency and he currently working on a new series which will be featured at the spring art festival in Berlin.
currently working on a new series which will be featured at the spring art festival in Berlin.