Born in Haifa in 1994, Adi Bokobza is a contemporary traditional painter whose practice explores human relationships with each other, with themselves and with nature.
After growing up in New York from the age of four and moving to Israel at the age of fifteen, Adi became a medic in the IDF and later completed her studies in Visual Communications at Shenkar College. With a strong interest in mental health, spirituality and the dynamic act of love, she has participated in several gallery exhibits and is passionately excited about what's next.
Phone: +972 52 - 3127502

Exhibitions and more
2023 - Walls of Hope, Tel Aviv
2023 - Sukkot Art Fair, Zichron Yaakov
2023 - Write-Haus Magazine Issue #3, Heder Ba'Teder
2022 - La Culture Illustration Exhibition, Jaffa Tel Aviv
2022 - Shenkar Graduates Exhibition, Ramat Gan
2015 - Abigail's Poetry & Art Exhibit, Tutu Karex, Tel Aviv

2013 - Colors in the Barrel, Soldiers Exhibition, Tel Aviv
2012 - Selected High School Art Program Finals Exhibition, Haifa

Artist Statement

I began creating to understand my thoughts. My reason for sharing my artwork is, and has always been, to spread love and empathy. I wanted to help people in the ways the bands I listened to and blogs I followed helped me. Growing up in a home of business-oriented thinking, art-making and art-consuming as a non-commercial profession were never too motivated. Yet, my whole family is very creative. I grew up privileged and I'm grateful for the many music, dance, and painting lessons I got to sit through since a young age, living in the New York area of the U.S. My love for different cultures and places is shown through my joy in painting people, nature, towns and urban spaces.
The IDF seemed to recognize that I am a pacifist when they recruited me to be a medic at a clinic. I prefer to be a helper, although I understand the need to defend oneself. Feeling forced, physically and morally to give back to the state by serving in such a difficult system, brought forth my darkest thoughts and most difficult identity crisis, especially as someone who doesn't at all feel connected to the land. Much of my healing and thus, creation, has to do with feelings of not belonging anywhere and that no one understands me. My complex identity has allowed me to become versatile and open minded, and as an artist this shows in the many various mediums I use to create. I generally am attracted more to craft than to digital mediums.
During college, I chose to research only the topics that interested me most. A divergent thinker, I found ways to get around design briefs and do what I wanted to do. Putting together my essays, I studied simple living, Buddhism, and psychology. After a break up and realizing a potential mental diagnosis I never received, I dropped out of the rat-race environment to pursue a fleeting dream to be a pastry artist. I took a pastry arts course, and went back to school. School became a fascinating experience, as I'd been much more aware of my health and the reasons I was in school for. Having also let go of perfectionism, my most thrilling projects were about homeless populations, and about mental health, personal and social, our ways of communicating about it both verbally and visually.
I aim to make peaceful art that sparks wonder and conversation. A campaigner personality type, I am currently working on projects that encourage more activism, equality of respect, and about our connection to and trust of the human intuition. I hope my art pushes people to be less afraid of and more curious about their authentic selves.