Erasing Photography- In the realm of Photorealism

Yigal Ozeri, is a New York based Israeli artist best known for his large-scale cinematic portraits of young women in an array of vast transcending landscapes. Drawing upon the legacy of the Photorealist School, his photo-realistic oil painting works depict women captured in a single moment in time, surrounded by nature, in such a genre- transcending way. Thousands of tiny brushstrokes animate his lifelike paintings, giving way to remarkable realism, distinct beauty, and seductive power. The women who appear in Ozeri’s works are painted with tenacious attention to detail, right down to the unexpected expressions of their faces, the flowing movement of their hair, texture of their clothes and the way their skin shines in the sunlight. As a result, the viewer is compelled to gaze into the allegorical domain between reality and fantasy.

Ozeri’s paintings are significantly influenced by artists from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, such as John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The unique skill of the worldview of Ozeri’s work emerges in its fusion of such allegorical situations, imaginativeness and graceful refinement, with an utterly contemporary sense of reality. In his 2010 series, he painted Lizzie Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger in the winter season of Central Park, New York. In 2015, his work was published in the Wall Street International art column and showcased at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery- where he received reviews ‘pushing the boundaries of photorealistic paintings into an unparalleled new level of sophistication’.

Ozeri’s current exhibition “Erasing Photography” marks his first ever show in Japan. His artworks showcase Lizzie Jagger, European model Zuzanna, and Japanese DJ/ model Kaopang. Kaopang is the first model of Asian decent to be used as a model for his works. From DJing at corporate events to underground clubs she is a musician to watch. Works showcased will be around 15 painted works and 5 sketched works.

In our contemporary world in which virtual reality has become a feature of everyday life, one may ask what the purpose of depicting realistic scenes rendered by hand in oil point. Perhaps now more than ever, in the information-technology society we live in, we need work like Ozeri’s to inspire us to consider what truly is the meaning of “realism”- or indeed, that of “reality”, or of “art” itself. We look forward to welcoming you to this unique opportunity of experiencing his work.


Yigal Ozeri

Yigal Ozeri

Born in 1958 in Israel, currently based in New York. His is currently traveling with his show- “50 Years of Hyperrealistic Painting”, focusing on hyperrealism from postwar to modern day. Along with the likes of Robert Richter, Chuck Close his works has been showcased in venues including: Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, and Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao.
In the permanent collections of globally acclaimed art institutions including: The Whitney Museum of American Art, The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, The Jewish Museum in New York, The New York Public Library, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles, and the Albertina in Vienna.

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From Model to DJ an array of Artists in their own right



Creating her own music with a blend of techno, house and jazz, Japanese DJ and model- Kaopang has played in multiple venues from corporate parties, mainstream clubs and underground concerts. Since 3 years to graduating Music school, have focused her studies centered on vocals and classical music before branching off into her own style and began her DJ career. IN 2016, she became the first model of East Asian descent to become a model for artist Yigal Ozeri. She is also known as a pioneer for headphones stemmed from her interest in audio.

Model, Clients include top brands- Gucci, Prada

Zuzanna Buchwald

Zuzanna Buchwald

Zuzanna Buchwald was born and raised in the small town of Srem, Poland—and since a very young age, she exhibited the spirit of an adventurer and global explorer. She was a professional athlete for five years in her hometown before she started traveling the world as a model. Her list of clients includes names like Versace, Prada, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Donna Karan, Victoria's Secret, Vogue to name a few.

After allowing her to live in four continents, Zuzanna’s modeling career eventually brought her to New York City, where she continued her education in Art History and Media Studies, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College. Simultaneously to completing her degree, Zuzanna dove into the world of art dealing, creative direction, production and spirituality & wellness.

Connecting her background in modeling with her interest in art, Zuzanna agreed to pose for artists like: painters Yigal Ozeri and Simon Birch, illustrator Agata Rek and sculptor Mitchell Cooper.

Today Zuzanna lists travel, art, nature, spirituality and people as her main sources of inspiration.


Yigal Ozeri "Erasing Photography"

January 26-February 4, 2017
Daikanyama Hillside Terrace- Hillside Forum
Open every day, 12:00-20:00
Admission Free
Organized by Galerie NUAGE / Zemack Contemporary Art
In collaboration with Tomio Koyama Gallery
Supported by
Digital Garage / Credit Saison / Dassai
With the support of the Embassy of Israel in Japan