Tomer Rosenthal, born 1987 (Jerusalem), is an artist, living and working in Tel-Aviv. He received a BFA and MFA in Fine Art from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (2011 and 2014).

Rosenthal’s work have been shown in exhibitions including The Jerusalem Print Workshop (2007), Eigen+Art Lab (Berlin, 2014), Galeria Sabot (Cluj-Napoca, 2015), The 6th Biennale for Drawing (Jerusalem Artists’ House, 2016), Art+Text Budapest (2017), Aleph: an independent project presented at a water tower in Tel Aviv (2017), Lobby Art Space (Tel Aviv, 2018) and more. He has DJed in music festivals and art events in Israel and Europe and designed soundtracks for dance performances. He is one of the founders of 'Machol', a publication devoted to artists, writings. He is the recipient of Bezalel’s Keshet Award (2011), the New York Foundation for The Art’s Artist Fund (2018) and the Osnat Mozes Painting Prize for a Young Artist (2021). He has been a guest lecturer at HaMidrasha – Faculty of the Arts, Beit Berl and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem.

Tomer Rosenthal’s drawings are rooted in an idiosyncratic cosmology of images — both personal and universal. His works explore symbols and images from ancient religions and cultures, ranging from Neo-Assyrian stone reliefs to medieval illuminated chronicles, 19th century symbolism, and Northern Renaissance iconography. Drawing from a wide range of sources, the world created in his drawings refuses a linear understanding of history — ancient symbols coexist and meld with contemporary imagery, transgressing cultural and temporal boundaries, generating a new, expansive psychic world. The drawings record explorations into non-linear thought and the unconscious, presenting hybrid figures that blur the borders between human, animal and plant. His work highlights an interaction between light and shadow, presenting a unique mythological universe. Working primarily in a small format, Rosenthal’s intricate drawings create artworks that are at once intensely intimate and powerfully evocative.

Tomer Rosenthal presents a cohesive, idiosyncratic body of work. His art exclusively addresses the act of drawing, extracting therefrom an inner gaze at once deep and dim. Rosenthal explores the inner self, the psyche, and a situation which seems ostensibly impossible to describe via images. His work transpires in a slow-paced space. It spawns figures introduced as animist (a term coined by anthropologist E.B. Tylor as one of the earliest sources for religion, and hence for the spirit and the soul), oscillating between the symbolic and the organic in a space of total silence, as if they were on the brink of stagnation; at times seductive, they reveal to the viewer something about him/herself, perhaps about inner foreignness or about an aspect both threatening and comforting in one’s inner world. Rosenthal’s works call for concentration, deepening, personal viewing, which requires breathing space.

- Jury of the 2021 Osnat Mozes Prize for a Young Artist