top of page

Ofer Grunwald

Ofer Grunwald (b. 1980, living and working in Bologna, Italy) is a multidisciplinary artist, working mainly in mixed-media installation and figurative sculpture. His work is informed by his background as a world-leading bonsai artist, and driven by a fascination with processes (whether personal, social, cultural, technical, or artistic) and the tension between the continuous and the ephemeral.

Ofer has developed a unique cross-disciplinary practice exploring non-solid maerials. His work emanates from various deeply-ingrained traditions that have served as a formative backdrop for him, personally. These can be cultural traditions, religious traditions, artistic traditions, etc. His work tends to turn a critical, but ultimately compassionate eye on these traditions. By rendering them contemporary and dynamic, Ofer highlights the dissonance between tradition as a static object, and the dynamics of the society that practices that tradition.

Ofer has exhibited internationally, built a temporary public installation in Canberra, Australia commissioned during an artist residency at the Australian National University's School of Art and Design, was a recipient of the Israel Ministry of Culture's 2019 grant for emerging independent artists, was among the official preselections for the European Museum of Modern Art's prestigious Figurativas Award in both 2021 and 2023, and a finalist for the prestigious Falling Walls Breakthrough Award in Art and Science for 2023.

Solo exhibitions:

2021 - My Mother's Country, Architects’ House Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2021 - Internet of Things, Barbur Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel

2018 - Inundation, Art Not Apart, Canberra, Australia

2018 - Heterotopium, National Arboretum Canberra, Australia

2017 - Vessels, Jerusalem Biennale, Israel

Group exhibitions:

2023 - Figurativas 2023, Museo Europeo de Arte Moderno, Barcelona, Spain

2023 - Like There's No Tomorrow, Tel Aviv, Israel

2022 - FACE 2022, London, England

2022 - NordArt 2022, Kunstwerke Carlshutte, Budelsdorf, Germany

2021 - Figurativas 2021, Museo Europeo de Arte Moderno, Barcelona, Span

2021 - State of Repair, Vacant Museum (online exhibition)

2020 - Walking Museum fundraising exhibition in Knokke, Belgium

2020 - The (New) Dictionary of Things, London Festival of Architecture, UK

2019 - Hamekarer 2019, Hamekarer, Tel Aviv, Israel

2019 - In the East, Cymbalista Jewish Heritage Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

2018 - Hybrid Botany, Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center, Tel Aviv,


2016 - Disconnected Medium , Hassid Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel

Grants and Awards:

2023 - Falling Walls Breakthrough Award finalist

2022 - Tiroche Unfold emerging artist auction

2020 - CultuurGent grant, Belgium

2019 - Independent Artist Fund Grant, Ministry of Culture, Israel

2018 - Canberra Ministry of Culture Grant, Canberra, Australia


2022 - LUCA School of Arts, guest teacher, Gent, Belgium

2018 - Australia National University School of Art and Design Visiting Artist

          Residency, Canberra, Australia

bottom of page