Memy Ish-Shalom

Artist Statement

As a sculptor, I strive to capture motion and to express sensual and spiritual experiences as well as to respond to deeply disturbing violations of human rights. I aim to transform these experiences into abstract and figurative static objects. I utilize a wide range of natural and exotic wood, to combine, in a unique way, a variety of colors, patterns and textures of the natural material. I have also been working with clay and bronze.


Memy Ish-Shalom is a sculptor working primarily in wood and bronze. Born in 1960 and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, he relocated, by the company he worked for, to the USA in 2002, and later emigrated and settled in Newton, Massachusetts. It was in 2013, while still pursuing a high-tech career as a CEO of a publicly traded software company, that he started making sculpture at night and on weekends. His passion to create art grew and evolved significantly. By the end of 2014, following the successful sale of his company, he ended his 30 years career in technology, allowing him to focus entirely on making sculpture. In 2019 he began exhibiting his artworks.


2019 Still Life: A Look at the Ordinary. Juried show, Honorable Mention. Piano Craft Gallery, Boston Massachusetts

2019 NAA New Members Show, Nordic Hall, Scandinavian Culture Center, West Newton, Massachusetts

2019 MARY SCHEIN FALL SALON, Kathryn Schultz Gallery & University Place Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2019 The Annual Awards Exhibit, Newton Free Library, Newton Center, Massachusetts

2019, Transitions. Juried show. First prize. Brook Arts and Community Center, Dedham, Massachusetts

2019 Advocacy Through Art, Juried show, TILL Wave Gallery, Watertown, Massachusetts

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