Eli Barak (b.1979, Kfar Yona, Israel), lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. Barak’s work is layered with history, culture, and politics. Through performance and installation, Barak embodies objects to investigate both individual and cultural identity. Utilizing social engagement, his work explores the idea of the artist as an agent addressing the issue of cultural assimilation. Barak has had solo exhibitions at YAA Museum (Florida) and Gallery 39 (Israel). He has participated in group shows including in Lincoln Center (NYC), Haifa Museum (Israel), Petach Tikva Museum (Israel), The Performance Biennale (Israel), Fresh-Paint Art fair (Israel), Satellite Art Fair (Florida), The Willows (NYC) and many others. He received an Excellence Award in Fine Arts from the “America-Israel Cultural Foundation”, a Merit Scholarship Award from SVA and a Fellowship Award from the Mildred’s Lane residency. His work is part of various collections both at home and abroad.
He received his MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and BA in Fine Arts and Art Education from Hamidrasha School of Art in Israel; studied graphic design at New York University.