ABOUT Roy Nachum’s experimental paintings, installations, sculptures and designs incorporate elements traditionally used in conceptual and interactive art. Works often include Braille text in relief. One recurring subject is the child with a gold crown covering his eyes (The King, 2010), suggesting man’s blindness caused by displaced values and desire. In his Fire paintings (Fire, 2011), Nachum utilizes Braille text and ash; the works are executed with the participation of people who are blind, leaving fingerprints as documentation of human contact. Whether experimenting with text, round color field paintings, investigating color blindness (S3, 2016) or interactive installations and sculptures (Sea of Crowns, 2017), visual perception has been the artists’ major interest.
Nachum sees his work as an “eye opener”, a vehicle to allow viewers to confront their own existential apprehensions. Nachum starts a painting and leaves the viewer to complete it, believing that human interaction keeps the work alive and breaks the barrier between observer and “sacred object”. Imbued with its own evolution, the work takes form through a series of unstructured experiments. Nachum analyzes the endless possibilities of a material or method to introduce an additional dimension to the work.
Using himself as a conduit Nachum blindfolded himself for 196 hours a period of 7 consecutive days. During this period he focused on painting and poetry. He experienced vivid and intense mental hallucinations and periods of complete and total darkness where he felt detached for the physical world. The hallucinations then became a constant presence. He described the hallucinations as spiritual and transformative. This challenged the artist to offer a way into his work for people who would otherwise never “experience a painting.
Roy Nachum attended The Cooper Union in New York. Nachum’s work is included in many important public and private collections worldwide. He was nominated for 2017’s 59th annual Grammy awards for best recording packaging for the art and art direction of Rihanna’s acclaimed album Anti.
Nachum currently lives in New York and works in New York and Italy.