Tal R (Tal Rozenzweig) was born in 1967 in Tel Aviv, Israel, but has lived most of his life in Copenhagen. In recent years, he has become one of the leading international contemporary artists. With coarse brush strokes from a relatively modest color palette, Tal R rapidly worked towards a very characteristic expressive way of painting.
The combination of large color surfaces, solitary figures and almost no perspective creates an imagery that seems both naive and complex. In recent years, Tal R's paintings have undergone an almost complete reversal with shower colors, thinner strokes and increasing details.
The new paintings are also influenced by the fact that the artist uses a technique where color pigments are mixed with glue made from hare skin, resulting in the color being quickly absorbed into the canvas, thus creating a matte quivering surface that cannot be painted over without being noticed
In addition to painting, Tal R also works with sculpture, installation, prints, collages and drawings. His imagery is distinctive and recognizable (regardless of expression) and he often works in series, both with motifs and themes across different media. The motifs he finds everywhere, referring to "kolbojnik", the Hebrew word for leftovers or garbage. This is probably most striking in his collages, which are often composed of all sorts of items, including clippings, beads, sequins, paintings, drawings, yarn, thread etc.
Tal R's work is represented in many public collections, including Louisiana, Humlebæk; Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Kiasma, Helsinki.