Ido Michaeli's work resides on the seam of fine art, design, and craft.
Michaeli holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums internationally. For the last decade, he's been collaborating with traditional artisans from around the world, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Palestine, India, and China.
B. 1980, Lives and works in New York & Connecticut, USA
My art practice combines fiber art, conceptual art, and traditional crafts. It is based on collaborations with traditional artisans from around the world and addresses questions of interculturalism, identity politics, global economy, and post-colonialism. I work with diverse mediums such as painting, video, and apps, and my main medium is fiber art: I create elaborated images, rich in details, references, and narratives and send them overseas to be hand-woven by traditional crafters on luxurious textiles, such as wall carpets, tapestries, and embroideries.
Born to an immigrant family, I grew up on the seam of conflicting identities: The Eastern traditions of my family versus the Western environment we were living in. This cultural split made me constantly juggle between different cultural codes; an experience that deepened even further a decade ago, when I moved to the United States and became an immigrant myself.
My main motivation as an artist is to shatter cultural, racial, and political stereotypes, and to bring together clashing worldviews. I believe that art enables us to break boundaries and understand languages we don’t speak. Through art, I collaborate with people from places my passport won’t allow me to enter, such as Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. In days of travel bans and conflicts, my work elevates often-overlooked traditions and smuggles the voices of these places back into the US.