Born in a family of artists in 1979 in Jerusalem, Attai Chen lives and works in Munich, since 2007. In 2006, he graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and then moved to Germany, where he studied at the Academy Fine Arts in Munich under Prof. Otto Künzli and graduated in 2012. Described by Glenn Adamson (critic, author, independent curator, and former director of MAD New York) as "a prodigy of contemporary jewelry", Attai Chen received an early recognition from his peers, even though he was still a student. He won the Herbert Hofmann Prize in Munich in 2010 and the Oberbayerischer Prize for Applied Arts in 2011. In 2014, he was awarded the Andy Prize for Contemporary Art, which earned him a solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Attai Chen strives to capture the Nature and the living matter it from the angle of temporality, to grasp their forms and cycles through their signs of growth and decay. Whatever the series, Terra Mutantica or Compounding Fractions, the artist twists the traditional and ornamental conception of jewelry inside out and back again and confronts us without any complacency to the question of the processes and mutations at work within the material, for according to him, beauty lies in this neverending movement. As an expressionist, he seeks less to seduce than to arouse emotion: for him, the material is not inert. Not the shadow of a still life here. On the contrary, the material seems to transform, to come into life right before our eyes in a constant play of decomposition and recomposition.
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His work is in numerous and prestigious collections including the Donna Schneier Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA), the Rotasa Foundation in California, the Helen Drutt Collection in Philadelphia, the Neue Sammlung in Munich, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Israel Museum of Art in Jerusalem.