Selected Works

Daphna Alon was born in 1968, she lives and works in Tel Aviv.

She is a self-taught artist who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Design from Shenkar. Alon is a painter who works predominantly with gouache and acrylics on honeycomb paper in varying sizes with epoxy coating. Her painting could be defined as figurative expressive with influences of naive and outsider art. In her works, she creates a world comprised of extravagant figures and creatures in indeterminate spaces and places. Her works engage with the definition of “the other” and in intensifying the notion of “outsiderness” and “abnormality” as strength.

The figures usually have a humorist quality, yet at the same time, they are also heartbreaking. They are intriguing, aware of their outsiderness while they proudly and confidently look directly at the viewer. Daphna’s works have a dimension of social critique of the superficial world in which we live, which is conveyed with a “tongue in cheek” approach and the use of strong colors and visual seductiveness in order to pull in the viewer and allow her to form a dialogue with him. Her sources of inspiration are diverse and are influenced by artists like Rousseau, Botero, Calder, Basquiat, and others. At the same time, she also draws inspiration from different references of popular culture and from her personal biography.