Roy Nachum

Born in 1979, Roy Nachum attended The Cooper Union school in New York. He currently lives and works in New York and Italy. 

His experimental autonomous paintings, installations and sculptures incorporate elements traditionally used in conceptual and interactive art, resulting in artwork that is both witty and compelling. 

He views his work as an "eye opener"; a vehicle meant to allow the audience to confront their own existential apprehensions. Nachum starts a painting before leaving the viewer free to complete it. Indeed, he encourages people to touch and interact with the work, believing that human interaction is what keeps the work alive and what breaks down the barrier between inert spectator and “sacred object”. Imbued with its own evolution, the artwork takes form and is given life through a series of unstructured experiments.

A recurring subject in the work is a child wearing an oversized gold crown which covers the eyes, this motif is used to suggest mankind’s blindness caused by misplaced values and desire. The theme of obstructed vision continues in his ‘Fire’ series of paintings, where Nachum utilises Braille text – which he taught himself to read six years ago – and ashes in works executed in collaboration with blind participants, these works retain traces where fingerprints are left as evidence of human touch. 

Whether experimenting with text and colour, investigating colour blindness or working with interactive installations and sculptures, Nachum’s central artistic interest relates to visual perception.

Roy Nachum was nominated in 2017 for a Grammy Award for best recording packaging for his art and art direction of Rihanna’s acclaimed album “Anti” (If They Let Us, 2016, ANTI, Album Cover, RIHANNA). Laurence Graff, the famous English jeweller and one the world’s most respected collectors of modern and contemporary art - particularly known for his acute taste and stupendous collection - already owns 19 artworks by Roy Nachum; and the artist's work is included in many important public and private collections worldwide.