Leni Dothan is both artist and architect. She is interested in psychological and physical structures, reconstructing narratives from biblical, classical and mythological worlds to then deconstruct them into concepts founded on the most intimate of human fears. Leni decodes the DNA of Renaissance mythical icons: new interpretations allow for new interactions in her works.

Leni grew up in Israel, a country of conflict and war, far from the beauty and values of Italian Renaissance iconography. These instead became a prism through which she critically considers the contradicting roles of women in different cultures. She examines the transition of early Renaissance images from the religious realm into contemporary visual culture. She argues that Renaissance art created a set of visual contracts that, to this day, continue to define male/ female discourse in social, political and cultural contexts. 

As part of her PhD, Leni worked on collaborative projects together with the Chemistry department of UCL, London. This is the perfect symbiosis between science and art, aiming to bring awareness to the problem of air pollution through public art. Using her mother and child icons together with pollution sensitive materials, the invisible becomes visible.







2015 – 2019 PhD - Practice-Led, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL

2013 – 2015 MFA - Slade School of Fine Art, UCL London

Fine art media (Distinction)

2004­ – 2009 B. Arch - Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem

Department of Architecture

2007 Student exchange program, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL


2019 MOTHERCHILD Machine no. 7, Commissioned by Procreate Project, King’s College, London, UK

2018 Portland Stone Rehabilitation Centre, commissioned by b-side Multimedia Art, Portland, UK

2017 Birth and Death, Hå Gamle prestegard gallery, Norway

2017 Nordic Eve, commissioned by Hå Gamle prestegard gallery, Norway

2017 Dead End, commissioned by Stations of the Cross, Holy Congregational church, Washington D.C, USA

2016 The 13th, St. Cyprian’s Church, production of MTArt agency London, UK

2016 Mother and Child in a Window, commissioned by Jewish Book Week, King’s Place, London, UK

2016 Crude Ashes, commissioned by Stations of the Cross, Temple Church, London, UK

2015 We Kissed and Then We Died, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

2012 Florentinit, Ha’Hanut Gallery, Tel­-Aviv, Israel


2019 The M Word, One Paved Road Gallery, Richmond, UK

2018 Mademoiselle, Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain Occitanie à Sète, France

2018 Messenger 1, Christie’s Education, London, UK

2018 You Can Do It and You Will Do It, Academy Now, Mambo museum, Bologna, Italy

2017 Pinzeta 5, Red House, Tel Aviv, Israel

2017 Nasty Women: Architecture, Anise Gallery, London, UK

2017 The Intercontinental, Roaming ROOM Gallery, London, UK

2016 Art Below, the Old Truman Brewery, London, UK

2016 OFF Course Contemporary Art Fair, represented by Academy Now, Brussels, Belgium

2015 MEVannucci Gallery, MEVannucci + Academy Now, Italy

2015 Sacrifice, Jewish Museum, London, UK

2014 Slade Interim Show, London, UK

2014 Latitude Film Festival, UK

2014 Sexsism, Samia Gallery, London UK

2013 Fresh Paint - contemporary art fair, video greenhous, Tel-Aviv, Israel


2019 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, Judges Commended, Piano Nobile Kings Place, London

2017 5 shortlisted winners, selected by Academy Now for 2017, Italy    

2017 Residency - Hå gamle prestegard, Norway

2017 Polluted Beauty - The Dean’s Strategic Fund Award, UCL, London, UK

2017 Polluted Beauty - UCL’s Friends Trust, award, London, UK

2016 First prize for Arts & Humanities, UCL Doctoral School Research Poster, UK    

2013 The Slade Graduate Fine Art Media Overseas Scholarships award, UK


2019 Feminism and the Bible, symposium, Birkback

2019 Fast Forward Women in Photography symposium, UAL research hosted at UCL

2018 Maternal Attitude, symposium, South Wales University, Cardiff

2017 Woman in the picture, talk, Christie’s Education, London

2014 Graphic Novel and Comics symposium, UCl Dept. of Hebrew and Jewish Studies


2018 Interview by Marine Tanguy, Visualizing Pollution, Sciart Magazine, December

2017 Stavanger Aftenblad, Trond Borgen, A labyrinthine tragedy, 19.10.2017, Norway

2017 Tenoua, Noemie Benchimol, N ̊ 168 magazine, June 2017, Paris

2017 Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception Volume 14 - Jesus, De Gruyter, Berlin | Boston

2016 Saloona, Vered Fishbein, 26.10.2016, Israel

2015 The Guardian, Aaron Rosen, The holy-book bomb: is this the most offensive artwork ever?,

23.10.2015, UK

2012 Gallery-Ha'aretz (cover) Daniel Rauchwerger, Italy's Florentine style comes to life in a south Tel Aviv art studio, Apr.04, 2012, Tel Aviv

2010 Ma'hol, Leni Dothan, Dürer's Red Book, essay, Magazine no. 2, Tel-Aviv, Israel  

2009 Leni Dothan, Temple Mount Intermediate Station, Architecture | Art | History Book, Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem, Israel