Roey Heifetz' most recent work consists of drawings of oversized figures that seem to float in front of the white paper background. The artist often provides them with generic titles such as “The Secretary”, “The Librarian” or “The Teacher”. Starting out from a certain authority suggested by the titles and at the same time from the figures’ complete anonymity, Heifetz subjects them to an intense process of deconstruction in drawing.
The act of drawing is important to him rather than the story of the characters, which always remains untold. The artist enters into an intense dialogue with his works, which the enigmatic fascination to his figures in the field of conflict between figuration and abstraction, uniformity and precise details.
Roey Heifetz, born in Jerusalem in 1978, lives and works in Berlin, having lately finished one year residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. He studied at the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design in Jerusalem (BFA, MFA) and at the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, USA, and has already exhibitedin numerous international group and solo exhibitions, incl.: Sehnsucht / Longing, Beit Hair Museum, Tel Aviv (2010); Match Point – Dialog Exhibition – Aviva Uri and Roey Heifetz, ST-art Gallery, Jaffa, Israel (2011); The End of History, Gängeviertel Galerie, Hamburg (2011); Natural Straightening, Kav 16 Gallery, Tel Aviv (2012); Entropy – The Artists’ Studio, Art Cube Gallery, Jerusalem (2012), “The Teacher’s Nap”, Künstlethaus Betahanien, Berlin (2013), Preview Art Fair, Berlin (2013), “Based on paper”, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Berlin (2013).
artist’s website: www.roeyheifetz.com