Biography of Dror Maayan

Artist, Photographer, Lecturer
Born in Israel, in 1967

Art Studies

Hebrew University, Jerusalem (M.A.)
"Bezalel" Academy of Art; Jerusalem (one year)
"Avni Institute for Painting & Sculpturing", Tel-Aviv
"Beit-Berl Art Instructors & Teachers' Academy"
Dror Maayan has been highly praised by some of the best professionals and scholars in Israel and abroad. His art is described as captivating, distinctive and compelling.

Prof. Gerhard Wolf, Director of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz Max-Planck-Institut:
".Dror's work can fully be appreciated: as a multi-layered reflexion on and an
encounter between Georgian monuments and contemporary life


in a complex dramaturgy of light and shadow, colour, points of view, printing modes etc. Dror Maayan's exhibition is thus a double invitation: to follow him to see Georgia through his eyes and to enjoy as well as appreciate his work as a photographer who continuously knows to shift between and subtly question the distinctions of the genres of the art of photography itself." (from the exhibition catalog Georgia: A Journey through the Ages. Photographs by the Artist Dror Maayan, Open University Gallery, Raanana, Israel, p. II)

Prof. Elisheva Revel-Neher, Nicolas Landau Chair in the History of Art:
"His works shows sureness and consolidation that are very rare for an artist of this stage. His works projects deep emotion and great sensitivity in the choice of forms and color... I am convinced that Dror Maayan has a great future ahead of him. His art will be classified among works which will undoubtedly be noted in the development of modern Israeli Art."

Dr. Yoni Ascher, Art History Department, University of Haifa:
"What is impressive in Maayan is the evident effortlessness in his achieving it, as if he didn't mean to. There is nothing forced in his demonstration of feeling. This emotional message, seemingly so simple yet so elusive and hard to capture, flows naturally out of the photographs. Maayan's pleasure in the act of photographing is obvious and natural too. A pure message of delight, for the artist and the viewer alike." (from CONTACT, Photography and Digital Media, Vol. 67, February-March 2004)

Avraham Eilat - Renowned Israeli Artist and Curator:
"Peter Henry Emerson (1856 - 1936), considered by many to be the father of direct photography, claimed that photography is an independent art having unique properties, that should be used and emphasized... He kept fervently claiming that whoever is unable to recognize "pictures" in nature will never be able to be an artistic photographer.

Dror Maayan apparently works in that spirit, and it may be correct to state that the principles of naturalistic photography from the beginnings of the twentieth century suit his personality. He directly photographs the subject itself, devoid of any masks or artificial effects, without overburdening it with any interpretation, without any need for camera or lighting tricks. These are simple, direct photographs, not intended to emphasize the photographer and his mannerisms, but, by means of his camera, to capture and frame the pictures caught by his glance." (from the exhibition catalog Traces of the Sea, Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir Publishing House, 2007, p. 5)

Selected Exhibitions

2009 Sole Exhibition, "Georgia. A Journey through Ages", the main campus of the Open University of Israel, Raanana
2008 Online Exhibition, "Georgia, Medieval Monuments",
2007 Sole Exhibition, "Graffiti: Street Art as a Statement: A Photographic Look at the Streets of Berlin", Open University Gallery, Raanana, Israel
2007 Sole Exhibition, "Across Georgia", TBC bank Tbilisi, Georgia
2007 Sole Exhibition, "Traces of the Sea", Galerie de l'Espace Culture à Marseille, France
2006 Sole Exhibition, "Traces of the Sea", the National Maritime Museum,
Haifa, Israel
2006 Sole Exhibition, "Mushrooms - A photographic look at street art in
Berlin", Pyramida Center for Contemporary Art, Haifa, Israel
2006 Group Exhibition, "Captured Moments", The Edge Art Center, Nahariya, Israel
2006 Group Exhibition, "Haifa in the Eye of the Camera", Haifa City
Museum , Israel
2006 Group Exhibition, "Il Silenzio del Mare", L'Istituto Italiano di Cultura
di Haifa, Haifa, Israel
2005 Group Exhibition, "A3, Israeli Drawing", PYRAMIDA - Center for
Contemporary Art, Haifa, Israel
2005 Sole Exhibition, "DüsselD(r)ORf", Photography - Painting Exhibition,
Gastatelier der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
2005 Group Exhibition, "Nostalgie de Paris", Ein Hod, Israel
2005 Guest Artist, "Message in a Bottle", in Avraham Eilat "The Silence of the Sea", The National Maritime Museum, Haifa, Israel
2004 Double men Exhibition, "Close Up Intimacy", Photography Exhibition, Die Akt-Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2004 Sole Exhibition, "Dror Maayan - Berlin, Personal Journey", Photography - Painting Exhibition, Haifa University, Israel.
2004 Sole Exhibition, "Things That Are Close To My Heart", Painting Exhibition, Gallery "Neeman Towers", Tel-Aviv, Israel.
2004 Sole Exhibition, "Dror Maayan Observing Harold Rubin",
Photography - Painting Exhibition, Gallery "Yefet 28", Old Jaffa, Israel.
2002 Group Exhibition, Wintersalon, Judische Galarie, Berlin, Germany
2002 Group Exhibition, SPRING AWARD 2002, Gallery Slovenijales, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
2001 Sole Exhibition, "Portraits", Painting Exhibition at the Sharet Hall, Petah-Tikva, Israel.
2001 Group Exhibition, "Art in Summer", at Gallery D'Art Zero, Barcelona,
1998 Group Exhibition at the Municipal Gallery of Petah-Tikva, Israel.
1997 Initiating & establishing the "12/13 Space", an of-student Gallery, at the Humanities Faculty branch of the Hebrew University, Rehovot, Israel.
1997 Initiator & curator of numerous group-exhibitions at the '12/13 Space'


Photographic Projects


2009 Guest Lecture on Early Photographic Techniques, Art History Department, University of Haifa
2008 Screening of photographic projects in Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.
2007-2008 "The Wall Project", Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence and Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich
2006-2008 "Documentation of Georgian Heritage and Monuments", Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence (Max-Plank) and G. Chubinashvili National Research Center for Georgian Art History Heritage Preservation Tbilisi, Georgia and
2006-2007 "Rakefet cave" - prehistoric site excavations, Department of Archaeology, University of Haifa
2006 "Rare books and collections in the Library", Library, University of Haifa
"Architectural Photography", Haifa Court of Justice
2005 The International Conference "Art and the Mediterranean Culture," Art Department, University of Haifa

Yehudit Matzkel, "Haifa in Photographs The Development of Haifa in the First Fifty Years of the Twentieth Century", Haifa in the Eye of the Camera, The First Half of the 20th Century, Haifa Museums, Haifa City Museums, 2006
Dr. Yoni Ascher, "Dror Maayan observing Harold Rubin: Direct Photography in its Best", Contact. Magazine of Photography and Digital Media, Vol. 67 (Feb.-March 2004).
Dr. Jochai Rosen, "Graffiti in the Works of Three Israeli Photographers", Contact. Magazine of Photography and Digital Media, Vol. 71 (Nov.-Dec. 2004).

Publications and Catalogues
2009 Georgia: A Journey through the Ages. Photographs by the Artist Dror Maayan, Open University Gallery, Raanana, Israel, (exhibition catalogue)
2009 Forschungsbericht Herbst 2006 - Winter 2008. Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz Max-Planck-Institut, p. 62-63
2008 Between Guilt and Victimization: Postwar Germans and the Memory of Nazism and the Second World War, by Gilad Margalit, forthcoming, portrait of the author
2007 Popes, Church, and Jews in the Middle Ages: Confrontation and Response, by Kenneth R Stow, Ashgate, Ltd, 2007, p. ii
2007 Dror Maayan, Graffiti: Street Art as a Statement: A Photographic Look at the
Streets of Berlin, Open University Gallery, Raanana, Israel, (exhibition catalogue)
2007 Dror Maayan, Across Georgia: A Photographic Journey, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max-Plank), (exhibition catalogue)
2007 Dror Maayan, Traces of the Sea, Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir Publishing House, 2007 (exhibition catalogue)
2007 "Captured Moments", by Lee Rimon, Contact. Magazine of Photography and Digital Media, Vol. 82 (Jan.-Feb. 2007), p. 99
2006 Dror Maayan, Mushrooms - A Photographic Look at Street Art in Berlin, 2006 (exhibition catalogue)
2006 Haifa in the Eye of the Camera. The First Half of the 20th Century, Exhibition Catalogue, Haifa City Museum, 2006, p. 8, 131
2005 In Praise of Joy White-Washing Fences with Jim Haynes, ed. Howard Aster, Ontario, 2005, no page number
2004 Dror Maayan, "Visa Pour L'Image" - The Pilgrimage", Contact. Magazine of Photography and Digital Media, Vol. 71 (Nov.-Dec. 2004)
2002 CDR cover, Harold Rubin, "One Voice"
1997 Dror Maayan, "No Title", Studio Magazine, Vol. 86 (Sept.-Oct. 1997)



2006 Haifa Arts Foundation.
2005 Guest artist, Düsseldorf, Germany, Ein Hod Artist Association.
2002 Zentralwohlfahrtsstelle der Juden in Deutschland e.V. Zweigstelle Berlin.

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