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    His paintings of young women are unusual for  their  uncanny  realism  and  psychologically  engaging  presence.    This  is achieved by Ozeri’s using both still photography and video in their initial stages, and painting the final works with thousands of tiny brushstrokes which animate the paintings’ surfaces.   

    Ozeri  begins his process  for  these paintings  by  bringing  a photographic  crew  to diverse  landscapes  in  which  he  places  the  young  women  within  the  final composition  in  order  to  get  precisely  the  results  he  is  seeking.    After  choosing among the resulting images, he takes these and begins the painting process. The results  are  cinematic  portraits  of  almost  photographic  realism.    Their  carefully staged,  conceptual  installations  reflect  the  high-definition  realism  that  today pervades  media  including  television  and  movies;  while  their  almost  invisible brushstrokes,   in   the   manner   of traditional  trompe l’oeil  painting,  play on concepts of perception and illusion.   

    Yigal Ozeri has exhibited extensively throughout Israel, Europe and the United States, and his work can be found in many prominent collections, including Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; Albertina Museum, Vienna; Scheringa Museum of Realist Art, Netherlands; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Westchester; Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington DC; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; Nerman Museum, Kansas City; and The Jewish Museum, New York. The artist lives and works in New York City.