Synthetic Reality: The Photo Paintings of Alice Zilberberg

Stay_My_Deer_©_Alice_Zilberberg_2018 Stay My Deer | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | 40” x 44” (Edition of 10), 60” x 65” (Edition of 5) | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | © Alice Zilberberg 2018

Alice Zilberberg is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist, recognized by curators, collectors, and art patrons across the globe. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, and raised in Israel, she currently resides in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Photography program, she began her artistic practice by painting: a verve which remains very much present in her digital works. The winner of numerous prestigious competitions, her accolades include 1st place in The World Monochrome awards, ranking as one of Magenta Foundation’s best photographers in Canada, and several of the International Photography awards. 


In this series, Zilberberg creates animal montages as an expression of self-therapy. As a person living in the west, moving through a daily life that is sometimes high-pace and emotionally complex, the artist finds calm in the presence of these wild animals. The animals are placed in serene and ethereal scenes to focus on the beauty of the natural environment. In a world where many are constantly looking to the past or the future, these works aim to have a meditative affect on the viewer, promoting staying still to find happiness in the present moment.

Reflecting_Ram_©_Alice_Zilberberg_2018
Reflecting Ram | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | 40” x 40” (Edition of 10), 60” x 60” (Edition of 5) | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | © Alice Zilberberg 2018

Intent_Ibex_©_Alice_Zilberberg_2018
Intent Ibex | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | 40” x 31” (Edition of 10), 60” x 45” (Edition of 5), | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | © Alice Zilberberg 2018

Calm_Caribou_©_Alice_Zilberberg_2018
Calm Caribou | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | 40” x 42” (Edition of 10), 60” x 62” (Edition of 5) | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | © Alice Zilberberg 2018

For_Now_Flamingo_©_Alice_Zilberberg_2018
For Now Flamingo | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | 40” x 28” (Edition of 10), 60” by 42” (Edition of 5) | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | © Alice Zilberberg 2018

Pondering_Parrots_©_Alice_Zilberberg_2018
Pondering Parrots | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | 40” x 58” (Edition of 10), 60” x 56” (Edition of 5) | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | © Alice Zilberberg 2018

Bear_with_It_©_Alice_Zilberberg_2018
Bear with It | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | 40” x 42” (Edition of 10), 60” x 62” (Edition of 5) | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | © Alice Zilberberg 2018

Go_Giraffe_©_Alice_Zilberberg_2018
Go Giraffe | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | 40” x 31” (Edition of 10), 60” x 47” (Edition of 5) | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | © Alice Zilberberg 2018

Zen_Zebra_©_Alice_Zilberberg_2018
Zen Zebra | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | 40” x 44” (Edition of 10), 60” x 65” (Edition of 5) | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | © Alice Zilberberg 2018

Be_Here_Bison_©_Alice_Zilberberg_2018
Be Here Bison | 40” x 35” (Edition of 10), 60” x 51” (Edition of 5) | Digital Painting (Photo-based) | © Alice Zilberberg 2018

In 2013, she was the youngest artist to date to participate in the Waddington’s Art Auction. Her work has been displayed in galleries across North America, Europe, and Asia; she has been interviewed and featured in publications and platforms such as MTV, Breakfast Television, PHOTO+ Magazine Korea, and PhotoEd Magazine.

For over a decade, Zilberberg developed her own distinctive technique for creating her digital paintings, where photography is only the beginning of the final artwork. The works are comprised of many photographs, and carry variety of elements such as colour, toning, manipulation, and painting.  She often travels across the globe to record different backgrounds and elements for her creations. Works take months to complete, with every detail meticulously inspected for perfection. With a poetic style of expression, the meanings of her images unravel through metaphor and symbolism that aim to inspire the viewer to look inward. For the past five years, her repertoire has explored themes pertaining to the human condition, namely personal identity, emotional intelligence, relationships, and emotionality.  


Check out more of her work at her website.