Lilia Chak is an Israeli artist, designer and Bio-art researcher (b. St. Petersburg, 1966). She graduated from the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, 1988, Russia (MFA). For her activities from 1985 to 1986, she was awarded the first prize for "The Best Research Work on Art" by the Russian Ministry of Culture.
Since 1990, Lilia Chak lives in Jerusalem. In 2009 Lilia Chak was nominated the Prix Tartuffe for the "Ferror" exhibition. In 2010, she was awarded the first prize at the art competition (from among 18,000 entries) organized by Cellcom Company, Israel.
In 2022, she defended her PhD thesis "Bio-art: When a Tree Becomes an Artwork. Contemporary
Practices" in Sorbonne, Art & Science Department, Paris, France (under the direction of Prof. Olga Kisseleva).
She explores the intersections of art and biology and proves that new biological technologies can be used as a new medium for art. Lilia Chak introduced into the international lexicon a new term – Dendro-art as a new subdivision of Bio-art.
Lilia Chak participates in Sorbonne project EDEN.
The EDEN project is aimed at creating a new Garden of Eden as the ultimate goal of introducing innovative technologies to art and using unorthodox thinking to solve ecological problems.
She took part in Dendro-art exhibitions such as Ars Electronica (Linz), BOZAR (Brussels), Matsudo International Science Art Festival (Tokyo), Negev Museum of Art (Beer-Sheva).
Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures.
Since 2021, she teaches her experimental practical and theoretical "Art, Biology and Ecology" course at SHENKAR – Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art (Tel Aviv, Israel).
Lilia Chak is a member of platform for support Elfriede Jelinek – writer, laureate Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004. Lilia Chak is a member of the UNESCO Association of Artists, Tel Aviv branch.
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