Born in 1982, Israel
Lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel
Kobi Assaf brings the cultural spirit of the 19th century to the 21st. His paintings are drenched in a non-Israeli brown mist, illuminated with a dim twilight, to create the look of paintings made before the era of electricity. The imprint of Romanticism is in his paintings, with its yearning for distant realms, like the European Romantics, yet they also contain sober self-aware modernism.
To achieve this goal, Assaf shatters the philosophical harmony of thought, leaving sections of his paintings bare and unfinished. He depends on his sharp painterly power and scatters hints that suffice to construct a world that is “similar” but restless.
Assaf ‘s work fundamentally differs from the conventions of Classism and Romanticism that strived to achieve a sensation of peacefulness, as he rises to the threshold of consciousness a demonic, seductive and dark universe.