Yucef Merhi (Caracas, 1977)
studied Physics and Philosophy at Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas), The New School (New York), and holds a Master's in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University.

Merhi’s pioneering oeuvre dates back to 1985. His career includes a world wide exhibition record in places such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York); Bronx Museum (New York); El Museo del Barrio (New York); Neuberger Museum of Art (New York); Newark Museum (New Jersey); Bass Museum (Miami); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (California); Orange County Museum of Art (California); Riverside Art Museum (California); Robert V. Fullerton Museum (California);

Science World British Columbia (Vancouver); De Appel (Amsterdam); Museo Michetti (Rome); La Colonie (Paris); Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (Badajoz); Moderna Galerija (Ljubljana); Borusan Culture & Art Center (Istanbul); Paço das Artes (São Paulo); Museo del Chopo (Mexico City); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Yucatán (Yucatan); Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (Havana); 

Galería de Arte Nacional (Caracas); Museo de Bellas Artes (Caracas); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Caracas); Museo Alejandro Otero (Caracas); Museo Jesús Soto (Ciudad Bolívar); Museo de Arte Moderno (Cuenca); among others.  

He also participated in the official selections of the 7th International Festival of New Film, Split, Croatia; the 2007 Bienal de São Paulo - Valencia; the 10th Istanbul Biennial; the 30th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts; the 13th Bienal de Cuenca; and the 3rd Screen City Biennial, in Stavanger, Norway.  

The artist has received several grants and awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Digital/Electronic Arts and the second prize of the 30th Ljubljana Biennial, as well as numerous commissions and residencies from institutions such as the Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, among others.

During the last two decades Merhi has lectured at New York University; Pace University; The New School; Pratt Institute; John Jay College of Criminal Justice; California Arts Institute; Sandberg Institut; Universidad Central de Venezuela;  Universidad de Los Andes; Universidad de Cuenca; Universidad del Azuay; Seminario Fundación Cisneros; Leaders in Software and Art; ACM-MM; SIGGRAPH; and many museums across the world.

His work is represented in numerous public collections, including LACMA, Orange County Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (Bajadoz), Galería de Arte Nacional (Caracas), and Mednarodni Grafični Likovni Center (Ljubljana). Merhi has been documented in more than 60 catalogs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, school books, PhD thesis, academic volumes, and documentaries.

Available Works

Atari Poetry XV, 2015

Atari 2600, Atari cartridge, TV
39” x 16” x 16”

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Atari Poetry XV is a cinematic video-sculpture that resembles an automaton. The displayed blinking poem was wrote, programmed and electronically assembled by the artist. It was built  as an Atari game cartridge and displayed using an Atari 2600 console. This work extends the exploration on video games started by the artist in 1985. It is a unique piece and the only one available from the Atari Poetry series, which has been exhibited and collected by American museums and private collectors.

The Poetic Clock 3.0, 2008

Computer, custom software
Dimensions variable

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The Poetic Clock 3.0 is a digital piece that transforms time into poetry, generating 86.400 different poems every day. It is comprised by 3 rows of text in Spanish, plus the actual time. When an hour, minute, or second changes, a new verse is displayed on the first, second or third line. The reading of the three verses produces a coherent poem; a poem that  is continuously becoming another of itself, visualizing through language the movement of time. It can be presented as a projection or in a TV screen.

Versos Versus Versos, 2008

Computer, custom software
Dimensions variable

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Versos Versus Versos is a digital work that generates 1000 different random poems from 3 simultaneous races between 10 different verses. The 3 winning verses are displayed for brief seconds on the screen until, once again, starts a new race. The reading of these sentences produces a structured and consistent poem. Versos Versus Versos highlights the playful transformation of language; the alive and versatile nature of poetry; as well as the importance of the creative and poetic act.