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Zoya Cherkassky was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1976.  In 1991, she immigrated to Israel.  She attended HaMidrasha School of Art at Bier Berl College.  Her work has been shown internationally at institutions including; Rosenfeld Gallery Tel Aviv, Henrich Böll Foundation Gallery Tel Aviv, Circle1 Gallery Berlin, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Guelman Gallery Moscow, and The Tel Aviv Museum of Art.  In 2018, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem held a mid-career survey of her work. Cherkassky’s work is included in the permanent collections of The Jewish Museum New York, Jewish Museum Berlin, Jewish Museum Vienna, The Israel Museum Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum of Art Tel Aviv, and The Doron Sebbag Art Collection Tel Aviv.  Residencies include Chiliufim: Exchange of Artist and Art in Germany and Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.  Cherkassky currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Since 2011
Member of The New Barbizon group

Until 2002
Worked in collaboration with artist Ruti Nemet

HaMidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College, Kfar Saba 

School of Visual Theater, Jerusalem


Women Who Work, Fort Gansevoort

Lost Time, Fort Gansevoort
Soviet Childhood, Fort Gansevoort, Los Angeles, CA

Soviet Childhood, Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY

Soviet Childhood, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv
Pravda, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

New Exhibition, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

Go to Ngwo, Circle1 Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Spotlight on Sculpture, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

2011 (with Anna Lukashevsky), Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

Olga Sviblova is Shit or The End of the Critical Discourse (with Avdey Ter-Oganian), Guelman Gallery, Moscow

2 projects, Revolution Song, Explosion at the Pasta Factory, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

DISOBEDIENCE, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Action painting, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art
The Avant Gardists, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

Le Bal des Victimes, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

Collectio Judaica, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

Le Bel Indifferent, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

Joint 4: A Dolls’ House, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Kraftwerk, Heinrich Böll Foundation Gallery, Tel Aviv (A New Middle East: Eleven Exhibitions 1998-1999)

Two Scottish Boys in the Forest, Skank Gallery, Tel Aviv


Victory Over the Sun: Russian Avant-Garde and beyond, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
My Silences Had Not Protected Me, Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY
Scenes from Family Life, Musa-Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv
Arad, Zumu, Arad
HEART, Sheba, Tel Ha’shomer
70th Years: Particular-Country, Trumpeldor Gallery, BeerSheba
The Map, Musa-Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv
Zumu, Yeruham, Curator: Milana Gitzin Adiram
Mothers, Tapetenwerk Gallery, Leipzig, Germany
Ceramic’s Painters, The Red House, Tel Aviv
The Kids Want Communism, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien Gallery, Berlin (September 2017)
Summer 2017, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv
Towards a Socialist Abundance, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv
The New Barbizon – Back to Life, The Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Curator: Yaniv Shapira
The New Barbizon — The Triumph of Painting, Gate 3 Gallery, Haifa. Curator: Natalia Zuorabova

Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art
The Distance of a Day, New in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Kids Want Communism, MoBY Bat Yam. Curator: Joshua Simon

Profiling, the Sapir Collage Gallery, Sderot. Curator: Dr. Maayan Amir
Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in contemporary Israeli Art, Stedman gallery Rutgers – Camden, N.J (traveling exhibition). Curators: Martin Rosenberg and J. Susan Isaacs
The Wandering Jew: an Artistic Reflection, Mane-Katz Museum, Haifa. Curator: Svetlana Reingold
Happy Birthday, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Curator: Orna Granot
5 x 5 Other Voices, Litvak Contemporary, Tel Aviv

Chicago Triangle, Haifa Museum of Art, Curator: Ruth Direktor
Drawing outside, Bar David Museum of Art, Kibbutz Bar’Am, Israel
Black Milk – Holocaust in Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark, curator: Natalia Gutman

Centrifuge, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY
The Dead or Alive Gallery, Kfar Saba Municipal Gallery, curator: Ilana Tenenbaum
White nights in Perm, Perm Museum, Russia
XXL, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv
Be’er Sheva Market, The Negev Museum of Art, Be’er Sheva, curator: Dalia Manor

A Crash Course in Jews, Jewish Museum Hohenems, Austria, curator: Hannes Sulzenbacher
Artist and Model, Oranim Gallery for Israeli Art, Oranim Academic College
Cargo Cult, Moby, Bat-Yam Museum of Art, curators: Max Lomberg and Liz Hagag
Bronner Residency: The Stipendiaries, Kunst Im Tunnel, Dusseldorf, Germany

Glocalism, Israeli Art from the Museum Collection, Tel Aviv Museum of Art Escape, The Artists’ House, Tel Aviv, curator: Nitza Perry (cat.) Professionals, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

What is the Political, Bat Yam Museum of Contemporary Art, curator: Maayan Amir
Grobman, Kishon Gallery, Tel Aviv, curators: Collective Group
David Ben-Gurion, Avraham Baron Art Gallery, Ben-Gurion University, curator: Haim Maor
Germany of all places! Jewish-Russian immigration to the Federal Republic, Jüdisches Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Judaica Twist, Beth Hatefusoth, Tel Aviv, curator: Daniel Wajman

Israel, Golden Gate Gallery, Tel Aviv, curators: Collective Group
In Drawers, The Center of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, curator: Guy Morag Japonaiserie, Urbanix Gallery, Tel Aviv, curator: Kler Fogelman
Drama of Identities, Beth Hatefusoth, Tel Aviv, curator: Irena Gordon Sex/Logy, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv, curator: Sari Golan
Wild Exaggeration, The Grotesque Body in Contemporary Art, Haifa Museum of Art, curator: Tami Katz-Feiman
Cockeye: Male Nude in Contemporary Israeli Art, Gal-On Art Space, Tel Aviv, curator: Sagi Refael Typical!:
Clichés of Jews and Others, Jewish Museum of Vienna
Your Cat is Dead, Hamidrasha Gallery, Tel Aviv, curator: Doron Rabina

I as an Artist..., Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv, curator: Doreet LeVitte-Harten
Time and the Time Thereafter, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Works by Israeli artists, awarded the
“Ingeborg Bachmann Scholarship” established by Anselm Kiefer
Good Kids, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv
Typical!: Clichés of Jews and Others, Spertus Museum of Jewish Studies, Chicago, IL
Real Illusion Abandon, Galerie Steinek, Wien, Austria
Dead End, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv
Real Time – Art in Israel 1998-2008, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Overlapping Voices – Israeli and Palestinian Artists, Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria Typical! Clichés of Jews and Others, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Germany

Under the Sun, home exhibition at Gilit Fisher, Tel Aviv
Herzliya Biennial 2007, 1st contemporary art biennial in Herzliya
Like There Is No Tomorrow, with Zoya Cherkassky, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Atta Kim Gallery Caprice Horn, Berlin
New Works, Galerie Adrian David, Belgium

Far and Away, The Fantasy of Japan in Contemporary Israeli Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Beyond Richness, A new narrative in Israeli art, Uri and Rami Nechushtan Museum, Israel

Face Portrait, MARS Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia
Beauty and the Book, The Israel Museum, The Ruth Youth Wing, Jerusalem
Die Neuen Hebräer, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
Architects Paint Bauhaus, Bauhaus Center, Tel Aviv

Bubble, Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Hahashkenzim, HaMidrasha Gallery, Tel Aviv

Haifa Second International Installation Triennale, Haifa Museum of Art Thou Shalt Make..., Time for Art Gallery, Tel Aviv
Wonderyears, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Chilufim: Exchange of Artists and Art, Israel – North Rhine-Westphalia
Kunstmuseum Bonn; Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund

Germany-Israel, Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Imagine: 300 Artists for Co-Existence, Umm el-Fahem Gallery; Plonit Gallery, Tel Aviv; Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv

Artists Against Israel’s ‘Strong Hand’ Policy, Beit Ha’Am, Gallery, Tel Aviv

The Wish-List: Acquisition Proposals in Israeli Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Graduates in Rosenfeld, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv
Recipients of the Ministry of Education and Culture Prizes, Painters and Sculptors Association, Tel Aviv
Winners of the Steinman Award for Young Sculptors, Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel
Regarding Raffi, Nofar Gallery, Tel Aviv

Guys: $100 to $1000, Nehama Gallery, Tel Aviv


Bronner Residency, 6 months residency in Dusseldorf, Germany, on behalf of Cary & Dan Bronner Foundation, Germany; Kunststiftung NRW, Germany; Goethe-Institut, Tel Aviv

Chosen Artist of Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation (IcExcellence)

Transfer 6, artists’ exchange program, Germany-Israel

The Ingeborg Bachman Scholarship, established by the Anselm Kiefer, Wolf Foundation

The Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture Prize for a Young Artist
The Steinman Award for a Young Sculptor, Herzliya Museum


Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Chilufim: Exchange of Artists and Art, Israel – North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


The Jewish Museum, New York
Jewish Museum Berlin
Jewish Museum Vienna
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
The Doron Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd. Tel Aviv


Riba, Naama. "'Women Who Work': Taking an Uncensored Look at Prostitution in NYC Exhibition", Haaretz, August 10.

Saltz, Jerry. "The 10 Best Art Shows of 2020", New York Magazine, December 11.
Heilbrunn, Jacob. "Israeli-Ukrainian artist offers window on late Soviet realities", Atlantic Council, July 17.
Jewish News Reporter. "Ukraine-born Jewish artist’s lockdown work marks shift", Jewish News, May 17. 
Ghert-Zand, Renee. "Locked down? Open up to… artist Zoya Cherkassky", The Times of Israel, May 04. 
Cutler-Bittner, ​Jody B. "Zoya Cherkassky’s ‘Lost Time’ – Memories and Daydreams amid Disaster", Fine Art Globe, April 24. 
"Zoya Cherkasskyy, Lost Time", Calcalist Magazine, April 20.
Sayej, Nadja. "5 New York Galleries Showcase Women Artists In Online Exhibitions", Forbes, April 09. 
"Art Industry News: One Third of France’s Galleries Could Be Out of Business by the End of 2020, Survey Says + Other Stories", Artnet, April 09.
Murphy, ​Megumi. "ZOYA CHERKASSKY | LOST TIME", Flaunt, April 09. 
Sheets, Hilarie M. "Lessons From the Plagues, Painted for Passover", The New York Times, April 07.
Zax, Tayla. "Daily distraction: A book talk, klezmer concert and exhibition of Soviet-Jewish art", Forward, March 31. 
McDonald, Kathy. “There’s Art after L.A.’s Art Week”, The Los Feliz Ledger, February 27.
Editors. “Diary: Grimes hits the decks, the art of small business and Frieze LA hits the rocks
(in a good way) Plus Miss Ellie gets a makeover and gallerists move up a gear”, The Art Newspaper, February 15.
Editors. “Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for Spring 2020”, Hyperallergic, February 12.
Raymond Fitzpatrick, Kyle. “Site-Specific Installations, Large-Scale Sculpture, Surreal Digital Self-Portraits and Other Must-See Work” , Cool Hunting, February 11.
Cascone, Sarah. “In LA for Frieze Week? Here is Our Guide to 33 Inspiring Gallery Shows to See Beyond the Fairs”, Artnet, February 10.
Amitai, Hazan. “The Mystery of Chagall's Stolen Painting Has Been Solved And Is Now For Sale.” The Jerusalem Post, January 6.

Cascone, Sara. “Editors’ Picks: 19 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World Week”, Artnet, June 24.
Smith, Roberta. “Pointed Painted Valentines to the Soviet Era”, June 20.    
Saltz, Jerry. “16 Great Things to Do in New York”, New York Magazine, May 27.
“Soviet Childhood”, New York Blueprint, May 24.
Brawarsky, Sandee. “Memories of Old Kiev”, The New York Jewish Week, May 21.
Time Out Editors. “Soviet Childhood”, Time Out New York, April 29.
Santo, Orli. “NYC Jewish-y Events, April 26th – May 5”, The New York Jewish Week, April 25.
“From Ukraine to Israel: Zoya Cherkassky on Migrant Anxiety and Disappointment”, On Art and Aesthetics, March 16.

“Zoya Cherkassky 10 Jan – 3 Nov 2018 at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Israel”, Wall Street International Magazine, July 30.
Barnea, Reut. “Interview with Roya Cherkassky”, Calcalist, September 12.
“Zoya Cherkassky Portrays Lives of Soviet Immigrants in Israel in Solo Exhibit ‘Pravda’ at Israel Museum”, Art Break Out, February 19.
Rotern, Hagit Peleg. “An Interview with Zoya Cherkassky About Her Solo Exhibition ‘Pravda’”, Portfolio, February 7.
Cohen, Maya. “Stereotypes in the Museum”, Israel Hayom, January 3.

Setter, Shaul. “Artists and Works that we will Discuss this Year”, Haaretz, October 6

Yahav, Galia. “African Immigrants in Tel Aviv, With a Touch of Matisse”, Haaretz, February 6..
Yakiravitch, Alina. “Between Amusement and a Crying Out Loud Political Protest”, Erev Rav, January 6.

Sheen, David. “Israel’s True Colors: An Interview with Israeli Artist Zoya Cherkassky”, Daily Beast, September 2.

Shey, Nicole. “Auf den bunten Altaren der Kunst”, Kuntsmarkt, August 2.

Penguine, Sarah. “Studio Visit: Zoya Cherkassky”, A Guide to Israeli Artists, October 22.
Onat, Asli. “Buying Art Should be Easier”, Milliyet, October 11.
Levine, Angela. “When Anti-semitism is Art”, The JC, January 6.
Goldfine, Gil. “Zoya Cherkassky at the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art”, Asian Art News, January/February.

Goldfine, Gil. “Dolls with a Bite”, The Jerusalem Post, May 7.

Sheffi, Smadar. “Art: Zoya Cherkassky”, January 17.

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