Shay Kun was born in 1974 in Israel. He currently lives and works in New York.
1995-1998 BA in Fine Art, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel.
1999-2000 MA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London, England.
Kun carries his interest in high/low oppositions into the literal making of the work. Leveling both high and low art techniques by expressing both through painting and not collage, Kun alleviates the distinguishing factor of mass production or use into the more sacred realm of painting.
At the same time, however, he inverts the reverence of high art landscape painting by intentionally overly romanticizing the palette and paint application. Similarly, Kun utilizes clashing glowing blues, greens, yellows, and reds to emphasize the abrasive quality of mass produced image. The resulting pastiche creates an intentional discomfort and allure that ultimately entices the viewer.