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Biography
 

Shani Nizan, born on November 21, 1995, is an Israeli tattoo artist known for her distinctive 'Human-Animal' figures, referred to as 'Creatures'. Despite lacking formal training as a painter, Nizan honed her skills through daily practice.

 

Her journey into the world of tattoo artistry began during her service in the Israeli military's 601st Battalion of Combat Engineering, where she served as an educational NCO. It was during the long guarding duties that she began drawing on her arm with a pen, garnering viral attention on Facebook for what many believed to be tattoos. This experience ignited her passion for tattooing, leading her to study under the guidance of tattoo artist Anat Hetzrony in 2017.

In 2018, Nizan received a prestigious invitation to join a leading art studio in Berlin owned by Julia Rehme, where she held a permanent position. During her time in Berlin, she toured Europe, collaborating with various tattoo studios such as Puro Milano, De l'Art ou Du Cochon in Paris, Through My Third Eye in London, and Dots to Lines, among others.

Following two years in Berlin, Nizan relocated to New York City but temporarily returned to Israel in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In September 2020, she showcased her solo exhibition "I Didn't Like Jazz" at Beit Haamudim in Tel Aviv. In 2021, Nizan founded "Drinking and Drawing NYC" and served as a resident artist at Inked NYC, a renowned Manhattan-based tattoo studio and gallery established by Inked Magazine.

In 2022, Nizan debuted her solo exhibition "Fitting In" in New York City, followed by another solo exhibition titled "Dogs of New York" in 2024. Presently, she works as a resident artist at Atelier Eva, a boutique tattoo atelier located in Brooklyn.

Artist Statement  

“As we are born, we are free beings gifted with the ability to find the utmost joy in the small things, living in the moment through them.  As we get older and exposed to everyday life concerns, we have a tendency to detach from this pure state of mind that if kept, would maybe serve as a tool to deal with daily hardships. Through my art, I am looking to connect my audience and myself to that childlike feeling of innocence.״

Professional Experience

2024    - Exhibition at Philippe Labaune Gallery, New York​, NY.

               - Solo Exhibition "Dogs of New York" at Moshava Gallery, New York. 

2023    - Solo exhibition at Dacia Gallery, East Village, New York
              - Residency at Atelier Eva, Williamsburg, New York. 
2022    - "Fitting In": Solo exhibition at Inked, New York City. 
2021    - Residency at Inked NYC. 

- Founder and Instructor of "Drinking and Drawing NYC"

- Solo exhibition at Beit Haamudim, Tel Aviv 

2020   - Solo exhibition at “Drivin Jazz Tel Aviv”

2019    - Featured artist at Framed Berlin, drawing masterclass. 

- Founder and Instructor of "Drinking and Drawing Berlin"
- Guest-spot at Ink and Water, Toronto

- Guest-spot at No Regrets studio, London

- Guest-spot at Puro, Milano
- Guest-spot at Dots to Lines, Berlin 

- Guest-spot at Through my third eye, London

2018-2019 -  Residency at NOIA founded by Julia Rehme 

2018  - Tattoo artist at "DYO Tattoo" - boutique studio in Tel Aviv.

2017  - Tattoo artist at “Big Boy” studio in Ramat Gan.

2016 - "Music Room" established and managed, Music and Art Center In Kibbutz Afek.

2009 - 2013 - Children's activity guide at the “Omanya” Center for leather art. 

 


Writing

​About "Dogs of New York" Exhibit at Time Out New York

Feature Article About Ms. Nizan In Mako Israel

Feature Article About Ms. Nizan In IDF Tweets

An Article About Ms. Nizan In Hapitria Magazine
Marco Mattarese’s  book - “PURO-contemporary tattoo”

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