Born in Israel. Studied history of art at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Photography at Hadassah College in Jerusalem.
Zakai is the the founder and the director of the Israeli Forum for Ecological Art, and holds an M.A. degree in Art and Environmental Policy. She has represented Israel in the Art Biennale in Korea and in art and environment exhibitions and symposia in Africa, Japan, Italy, China, the United States, and more. She is a guest lecturer and curator in the field of ecological art
In her art works, Zakai is dealing with the relationship between nature and civilization; aesthetically – this relationship arouses interest and an aura of mystery. One hides the other, chokes the other, hidden drama. One might pass by them on the sculpture path in the Biennale area and not sense this drama or recognize its aesthetics. The choker and the choked are brought to Israel to share a box.
An article about Shai Zakai, NRG (in hebrew)
Selected exhibition of Shai Zakai:
1988 Photographers Against the Strong Arm, Rega Gallery, Camera
Obscura Gallery & Tsavta Gallery.
1988 The Second Photography Biennale, Ein Harod Museum.
1990 Distant Intimacy: Armenians in Jerusalem, Jerusalem Theater Gallery.
1992 The 6th International Photographic Art Exhibition, Beijing, China.
1992 Vanishing Memory, one person exhibition, Artifact Gallery, Tel Aviv.
1993 Photo Synkyria, one person exhibition, Photography Month in
1994 Faces and Facets, one person exhibition, Herzilya Museum of Modern
Art & Haifa Museum of Modern Art.
1995 Faces and Facets, one person exhibition, Jewish Museum, Washington
1995 The Professional Photographers Association of Israel, Torino, Italy.
1997 Brain of the Braid- part II, one person exhibition, Bar David Museum.
1997 Brain of the Braid-The 4th Part of the Trilogy, HaKibbutz Gallery, Tel
1997 Ho Mama, Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art.
1998 Faces and Facets, Fitton Center, Hamilton, Art Space, Lima, Ohio.
1999 Spots, Israel museum, Jerusalem.
2000 Millenium exhibition, Engel Gallery, Tel-Aviv.
2001 Group exhibition, JFK University Arts & Consciousness Gallery,
2002 Concrete Creek, 18th Street, contemporary art, Santa Monica, Los
2004 Geuamgang Art In Nature Biennale, Gong-Ju, Korea
2004 The Korean Environmental Art org., Environment Art Expo, Seoul, Korea
2004 Anima Mundi, Natural World Museum, Herbst Exhibition Hall, San
2005 Forest Tunes- The Library, one person exhibition, The Engel Gallery,
2007 Flowers in Israeli art, group exhibition, Engel Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2007 Books & Letters, group exhibition, Engel Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2007 Weather Report, group exhibition, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art,
2007 Forest Tunes- Global Heath, one person exhibition, Ice Box Gallery,
2009 Local Photography, group exhibition, Chóngqìng Museum, China
2010 Foerst Tunes, one person exhibition, CCANW, Devon, England.
1985 The Gail Rubin Prize- Hadassah College, Jerusalem
1988 The Second Photography Biennale, Ein Harod Museum
2000 The artist-teacher prize, Ministry of education
Original works of Shai Zakai can be found in the Engel Galleries Israeli art collection.