Shai Mandel

Shai was born in Israel on 9th November 1984.  Shai acquired his formal training at the art school in Jerusalem, where he studied from 1998-2002.  The ongoing transition process between dream and reality and the ability to express ideas through drawing captured the little boy who began painting as a hobby.  At the age of 18 he completed his bachelor of arts.  These studies included all aspects related to art including; drawing, watercolor painting, composition, sculpture and photography.

In 2005, Shai began working as an artist with the Soft Art Studio and began to express his ideas through drawings in a new technique developed by Israel artists, where the usual artist‘s brush is replaced with needles, color has been replaced with colored synthetic acrylic fiber and pieces of fabrics and the pencil is replaced by strings.  Creating Soft Paintings in the Soft Art technique is now Shai’s passion.

Shai has worked closely with LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery’s home artist, world renowned painter, Johana Herson who has inspired Shai and continued to his ability to express his ideas in new directions.  Shai’s work embody color, movement and optimism and express his constant search for the connection between his varied interests.  Changes in the design world and the transition to clean lines with an emphasis on matching the design items to their decorated spaces in which they “speak’ in the same language bought Shai to the realization of a new direction in which his works embody these principles and are designed for the space and environment in which they are intended.

While continuing with his art, Shai decided to expand into the realm of interior design and began studies at the College of Management in Jerusalem in 2010.  Shai’s work are in Galleries in Jaffa and Caesarea and can also be see at the “earth Art” design exhibition held annually in Tel Aviv.

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