Pop surrealist Shay Kun says the Holocaust is in his DNA
Spectacular, disturbing and teeming with detail, Kun’s works are now on show in Tel Aviv. With his art selling for record sums, he reluctantly talks about his inspirations, his parents – both artists who survived the Holocaust, his fleeting optimism and sense of doom.
The story of Israeli painter Shay Kun is a strange and unconventional one. The quest to get to know him following his rapid international success provided not only moments of rare cultural pleasure, but also insights into the collective Israeli experience. It involved light and darkness, nostalgia and terror. And also meatballs.