Izhar Patkin (b. 1955, Israel) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice deals with reinventing the structure and technique of visual narratives. Through painting, sculpture and vivid storytelling, his work makes imaginative use of materials and complex visual metaphors. In his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in nearly two decades, Patkin will début “The Dead Are Here” (2009) at Shoshana Wayne Gallery (2012), which features a room wrapped with 14’ tall wall size paintings in ink on tulle curtains. These dream like paintings are part of a collaboration that began in 1999 between Patkin and the late revered Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali. A comprehensive survey of Patkin’s work and his visionary collaboration with Ali is scheduled to open at the Tel Aviv Museum in June 2012 and continue to MASS MoCA in 2013. Patkin's work is held in numerous collections internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum der Modernen Kunst, Vienna; and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. He currently lives and works in New York.