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Born in Tel Aviv, Israel

Works in San Francisco



2000     Bachelor of Architecture with Honors, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Solo Exhibitions


2018    Self Seed, Ogaard, Oakland, CA

2017    Suites & Chambers, Small Trade Company, San Francisco, CA

              Reliquary, Some.Time.Salon, San Francisco, CA

2016    The Great Vessel, Ramon’s Tailor, San Francisco, CA 

              Dana Harel: Works on Paper, Gensler, San Francisco, CA, 

2014    Ex.pose: Dana Harel, Between Dreams and Nightmares, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

              Between Dreams and Nightmares, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

2012    Wrestling God, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, CA

2010    Manimal, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel

2009    Kin, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions


2020    Record of Succession, Cult Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA

2018    David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

2018    University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii

2017    Some Sort, EUQINOMprojects, San Francisco, CA

              Detritus, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2016    Bring It Home: (Re)Locating Cultural History through the Body, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA

2015    Possibilities of Paper, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA

2014    The Skull Show, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

2011    De-Bombed, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

              Pangea: Art at the Forefront of Cultural Convergence, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA

              A Live Animal, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

              Size Matters, San Jose Contemporary Art Institute, San Jose, CA

2010    Human Nature, Montalvo Center For The Arts, Saratoga, CA

              Secret Drawings, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

              Echo: Eight Bay Area Artists Respond to Surrealist Masterworks, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA

              Herstory, Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA

              Permutations from Nature’s Perimeter, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

              Contemporary Drawings, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, NE 

2006    Emerge, Gen Art, San Francisco, CA


Product Design 


2018    SUITES    

              Six porcelain vessels produced for White Dirt, limited edition of 20.

2020    ATRIO

              Three porcelain vessels produced as second collection for White Dirt, limited edition of 20. 

Grants and Awards


2009     Irvine Fellowship recipient, Montalvo Arts Center Residency Program, Saratoga, CA

2006     Gen Art- ‘Emerge’, San Francisco, CA


Theater Collaboration


2012     ‘The Conference of the Birds Unfeathered’, Mondavi Art Center, Davis, CA & Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, CA


Selected Press


The Vassar Review, “Trauma & Träume”, May 2016

Art Practical, "Reopening San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery", March 17, 2016

Bay Area Reporter, “Bodies of Work”, January 2016

SF Examiner, “Expanded SFAC Gallery showcases diverse local artists”, January 2016 

Stark Insider, “Possibilities of Paper” (Video), May 2015

J Weekly, “The Space Between | Looking at the Middle East Through Murals, May 2015

Pipeline Magazine, Issue 47 | Disruptive Dreams, April 2015

Art Practical, “Dana Harel: Between Dreams and Nightmares”, Sept 2014
PA Weekly, “Hot Picks- Between Dreams and Nightmares”, Aug 2014

Bay Area Reporter, “What’s Up at the Galleries”, Aug 2014

CBS Los Angeles, “Best Museum Exhibits this Spring in the OC”, March 2014

J Weekly, “Artist exorcises military trauma through drawing”, July 2014

OC Weekly, “Dreaming of War with Dana Harel at the Laguna Art Museum”, April 2014

Fine Art Connoisseur, “Dana Harel’s Between Dreams and Nightmares”, Spring 2014

Laguna Beach Independent, “Exhibit Reveals the Soul of Warriors”, March 2014

Riviera Magazine, “Wayne Thiebaud and Dana Harel at the Laguna Art Museum”, July 2014

Bay Area Reporter, “What’s Coming Up in the Art World”, 2012

Eleven Eleven Journal, New Issue #13, Sept 2012

The Davis Enterprise “New works by local composers”, April 2012

Beautiful Decay Magazine, Future Perfect, Book 6, 2011

ZYZZYVA Magazine, Fall issue, 2011

NYTimes, “Side by side, a bold opening for Frey Norris”, March 2011

ArtfixDaily, “From Monumental to Microscopic: Spectrums of Size and Scale at ICA”, Jan 2011

Midnight East, “The Beast Within Us—Manimal at the Herzliya Museum, June 2010

Yediot Hsharon, Review on ‘Manimal’, Summer 2010

ARTnews Magazine, Review on ‘Echo’ by Kenneth Baker, Vol. 108, No. 11, 2009

Artshift San Jose, “Mankind Merges into the Impermanent Ecosystem”, July 2009

Artweek, “‘Herstory’ at the Napa Valley Museum”, 2010

Inside City Limits - TV Interview on ‘Kin’, 2009

San Francisco Bay Guardian, “Local Artist of the week: Dana Harel”, April 2009
Arteaser, Dana Harel, March 2009

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