Selected Works

Roy Nachum was born in 1979 in Israel. Nachum was born in Jerusalem and grew up there. He studied in Sligsberg High School of Arts, Jerusalem (1994-1998) and in Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem (2001-2004). He moved to New York City after a semester at Cooper Union as an exchange student.

Nachum transported on his canvases a mix of his imaginary world and his real life and represents part of his memories and his dreams as well in binary reading of real and unreal elements. Each pixel is being created handmade, one by one, by a palette knife and so creates something that gives a unique meaning to each pixel. It is like one micro world existing in each of them, but when you look the paintings from afar, each pixel looks alike and so they give the feeling of thousands of micro worlds creating together the only big pattern of a single reality or of a dream…This different technique also creates the desire of a physical approach to the piece, inviting people to feel and touch every pixel and also to bring them into a kind of dualistic experience that finds virtual and physic coming together in one unique moment.

Roy Nachum’s works are visual allegories based upon a self-invented mythology that lay bare his own internalized struggles Roy Nachum paintings are extraordinary and provocative they define life The life-scaled oil paintings are surrealistic of a fantasy realm, where viewers witness the psychological turning points of the subjects’ lives. The characters are often caught between worlds: submergence/emergence, naiveté/maturity, wilderness/civilization. This duality is overlaid with a texture of raised “pixels” of paint that belie the photo realistic quality of his paintings. This playful mimicking of the digital printer’s thumbprint forces the viewer to “zoom in” leading to the realization that each of these near-perfect paint daubs has been While the lighting and deep umber backgrounds reference his cinematic sense of framing emotion and movement reveal his talent for storytelling. At first glance the paintings by Roy Nachum can easily be confused with digital art. However, his works are actually oil paintings on canvas that are painted in a way that spurs the viewer to investigate further. Nachum creates his images by utilizing the idea of pixels. Each ‘pixel’ is painted one-by-one. The end result is a painting that comes together in a unique manner. Nachum describes this as creating micro worlds that come together in order to form the pattern of a single reality or of a dream. Roy Nachum has exhibited frequently in Israel, Paris. Berlin, New York and Los Angeles. He transports on canvases a mix of his imaginary world and his real life. The works represent part of his memories and his dreams as well as binary reading of real and unreal elements. This different technique also creates the desire of a physical approach to the piece, inviting people to feel and touch every pixel, experience the virtual and physical coming together in one unique moment. Influenced by everything that surrounds.

Nachum’s art can be found in the homes of many art collectors, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake, Ronald Burkle, Tracy Aiello, Jason Strauss, Mark Becker, Danny A., and Eytan Sugarman. His work also appears in restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels in the United States and Europe, including Club Door, TAO Nightclub at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Haoman 17 (Jerusalem), Cafe Bari (SoHo), 1Oak (Lower Manhattan), Southern Hospitality and Destino (both Upper East Side owned by Justin Timberlake), Saucy NY, and 5 Napkin Burger (Midtown West).