Yucef Merhi has been recognized as a New Media pioneer and the first Digital Artist of Venezuela. 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); Orange County Museum of Art (California); De Appel (Amsterdam); Museo Michetti (Rome); Borusan Culture & Art Center (Istanbul); Paço das Artes (São Paulo); Museo del Chopo (Mexico DF); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Yucatán (Yucatan); Museo de Bellas Artes (Caracas); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Caracas); Science World British Columbia (Vancouver); among many 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; and the 10th Istanbul Biennial.
Merhi has been recipient of several awards, including the Eladio Alemán Sucre Prize, 58 Salón Arturo Michelena (Valencia, 2000); Turbulence.org – Jerome Foundation ‘New Media Commission’ (New York, 2001); Eyebeam ‘Film and New Media Commission’ (New York, 2002); Finalist in the Seattle Central Library Commission (Seattle, 2003) and the Rockefeller New Media Fellowship (New York, 2003). In 2004 he was selected by the Bronx Museum of The Arts to join the 25th AIM program. In 2005 he obtained the First Prize of the 3rd Salón Hebraica (Caracas) and the Orange County Museum Artist’s Residency (California). He was recently awarded with the 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Digital / Electronic Arts.
During the last 15 years Merhi has lectured at New York University; Pace University; California Arts Institute; Sandberg Institut; Universidad Central de Venezuela; Universidad de Carabobo; Universidad de Los Andes; and numerous museums in Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, United States, Canada, Spain and Holland. His work is documented in more than 40 catalogs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, school books, PhD thesis, academic volumes, films and documentaries. Merhi’s work has been reviewed by The New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, Art in America, Art Forum, NY Arts Magazine, CNN, PBS, and several international newspapers and magazines.