Fatma Shanan is a visual artist. She Lives and works in Tel Aviv.

Shanan focuses on realistic, large scale painting, mostly in the technique of oil on canvas. Her works are characterized by a theatrical and enigmatic view on scenes, whose participants belong to the various circles of her life, especially surrounding Julis, the Druze village where she was born and raised. Her art strives to deconstruct firm definitions concerning painting as well as gender and national and ethnic identities and to suggest more fluid definitions that can flow through different realms. In her recent paintings, Shanan harnesses her own body to the depicted image, while the connections between body, gender, space and place-making become more and more prominent in her work. These connections are expressed mainly through the image of rugs, which she considers as heterotopic zones: it is a defined object which is taken out if its original context, and can be subversively placed anywhere and anytime in order to create a new location of self-expression

Shanan was the winner of the 2016 Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art awarded by the Tel Aviv Museum, where she exhibited solo in the summer of 2017. She has also exhibited solo at DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM Gallery, Berlin (2019), and exhibited at the Armory show in New York City in 2019. Shanan’s work has been included in group shows at such venues as The Israel Museum, Jerusalem  (2019); the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv (2019); The Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem (2018); and the Art Dusseldorf international art fair (2018); among others. Shanan has received several other awards and scholarships for her artistic achievements, from such institutions as Artis (2016.2017); Israel’s Ministry of Culture (2017, 2014), Asylum Arts (2017) and Israel’s Pais Culture Council (2016, 2014, 2013). Shanan has participated in residency programs at Residency Unlimited, New York (2018); Peleh Fund Residency, California (2017-2018); and Artport Tel Aviv (2016-2017).


Born 1986 in the Druze village Julis, Israel, lives and works in Tel Aviv.


2010   B.Ed , Oranim College, Israel

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Yellow Skirt, DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM Gallery, Berlin

2017   Fatma Shanan: Works 2010-2017, The 2016 Haim Shiff Prize, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art

2015   A Single Continuum, The Um el-Fahem Art Galler

2014   Carpet-Place, Zemack Gallery, Tel Aviv

2011   Crimson, The Contemporary Art Gallery at the Memorial, Tivon

Dual Exhibitions

2016   Ha-Dvir, Fatma Shanan and Michel Platnik, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019       A Decade of the Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art, The Tel - Aviv Museum

2019 Jacqueline Kahanoff: The Levant as a Parable, The Eretz Israel Museum, Tel - Aviv

2019 The Armory show, New York

2019 Artists are the new athletes, the EDIT Gallery', Cyprus

2019 New in the Collection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

2018       Khamse Khamsa Khamsa, The Museum for Islamic ART, Jeruslem

2018       Only Through Time, Time is Conquered, DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM Gallery, Berlin

2018 Art Dusseldorf, International Art Fair, Germany

2018 Museum of Hunting and Nature, Paris

2018 19 48, Haifa City Museum

2017      “Round About” at the TLVinLDN festival.  London

2017     Nonfinito, Artport gallery. Tel - Aviv

2017    Repositioning: Old Objects, New Artworks, The Islamic Museum, Jerusalem

2017   From a village you are and to a village you will return, The Janco Dada Museum; Ein Hod. 

2016   Territory-Textile-Text, Mana Contemporary, The MECA Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, USA

2016   Agropolis, The Science Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, curator: Maayan Shelef

2016   Zemack Gallery Artists at the Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel Aviv

2015   Road Map, The Contemporary Art Gallery at the Memorial Center, Kiryat Tivon

2015   40x30x20, Zemack Gallery, Tel Aviv

2015   STUDIOS, Zemack Gallery, Tel Aviv

2015   Adam H, Haemek Museum, Kibbutz Yifat

2015   Print.Labor, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv

2015   No Man is an Island: Artists from Israel / Switzerland, Ha'riviera Art Gallery, Bat Yam

2015   Art Toronto, International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada

2015   Art Stage Singapore, International Art Fair, Singapore

2014   Residents’ Exhibition, HomeBase Project Art Residency, Jerusalem

2014   ALFRED XL, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv

2014   Spring 2014, Mana Contemporary, The MECA Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, USA

2013   Re-Orientation, The Mediterranean Biennale, Sakhnin

2013   Camp No. 6, Ramle Municipal Gallery for Contemporary Art, Ramle

2012   Young Masters: Young Israeli Artists, CBK, The Center for Visual Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2012   Terra Nova, The Municipal Gallery, Bat Yam

2012   Spring 2012, Mana Contemporary, The MECA Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, USA

2012   Blooming, Florentin 45 Contemporary Art Space, Tel Aviv

2011   Face to Face, The Mormon University, Jerusalem

2011   Nature, Still Life, Gebo Gallery, Tel Aviv

2011   Laboratoire #2, Memoire de l'Avenir Gallery, Paris, France

2011   International Contemporary Art Festival, Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

2011   Art Auction, Bonhams Auction House, London, UK 

2011   Wind Stones, Daniel Gallery, Tel Aviv


2018 Residency UnLimited', Brooklyn, NY

2017- 2018 Peleh Fund Residency, California 

2016-2017   Artport, Tel Aviv

2014             HomeBase Project, Jerusalem

Special Events

2018 Conference; The Rug as Heterotopic Zone, New York University. NY

2016   Place, Hybridity, Displacement: Painter Fatma Shanan Dery, guest lecture in the course “History of Culture in Palestine/Israel, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Awards and Scholarships

2017 Artis Residency RU Grant Support

2017 Asylum Arts Grant

2017   The Ministry of culture award for the young artist

2016   Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

2016    'Artis' project grant

2016   The Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts’ Grant, Tel Aviv

2016   The Pais Culture Council’s Grant for the dual exhibition with Michel Platnik

2014   The Pais Culture Council’s Grant for the publication of a catalogue for the solo exhibition “A Single Continuum”

2014   Artist in the Community Project, The Ministry of Culture and Sport

2013   The Pais Culture Council’s Grant for the solo exhibition “A Single Continuum”

2011   The Tali Cohen Garbuz and The Contemporary Art Gallery at the Memorial Center, Kiryat Tivon Curator's Prize for excellency in the Graduate Project at The Art Institute, Oranim Academic College

2010   Excellency Award, The America-Israel Cultural Foundation

2010   Prize for the Encouragement of Further Artistic Creation, The Art Institute, Oranim Academic College, Kiryat Tivon

Selected Collections

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Ilana Goor Museum, Jaffa

Luna Art Fund, Tel Aviv, Israel and New York

Rivka Saker and Uzi Zucker, Tel Aviv

Dubi Shiff, Tel Aviv

Private collections in Israel and abroad


A Single Continuum (Heb, Arb, Eng), Fatma Shanan Dery - Exhibition Catalogue, The Um el-Fahem Gallery, Jan 2015. Texts by: Carmit Blumenson, Gideon Ofrat and Yael Guilat

Fatma Shanan: Works 2010-2017. The Tel Aviv Museum, Jun 2017