"One of the most prominent of a group currently turning the spheres of illustration and comics into a captivating phenomenon in the cultural field. Her illustrations have distinguishing features which cannot be mistaken: coarse, ludicrous, not prettied up, and yet touching and precise, piquant and merciless."
Ruth Direktor, Curator and Art Critic
|Rutu Modan graduated cum laude from the illustration program of the Department of Visual Communications at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem in 1992. Until 1997 she wrote and illustrated comic strips on a regular basis for Maariv and Yedioth Aharonot, Israel´s leading daily newspapers. Since then she has been concentrating on illustrations for newspapers, magazines, books and commercial campaigns, as well as animation segments for numerous television and multimedia projects. A leading figure in her field, Rutu co-edits the Hebrew edition of Mad Magazine, and is a cofounder and member of Actus Independent Comics, an internationally acclaimed collective and independent publishing house for alternative comics artists. Rutu also teaches comics and illustration at the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design, Jerusalem and the Shenkar Academy for Design, Tel Aviv.
Rutu has received several awards in Israel and abroad, including the Best Illustrated Children´s Book Award, from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem four times (1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004). In 1997 she was named Young Artist of the Year by the Israel Ministry of Culture. In 1999 she and other Actus artists were final nominees for the Eisner Awards, the American comics industry´s most prestigious award, for the Best Comics Anthology of the Year. In 2001 she won the Andersen Award for Illustration from the International Board on Books for Young People in Basel, Switzerland, and was a final nominee in the Ignatz Awards for Best Story and Promising New Talent Award for the finest American alternative comics. In 2006 she received Israel´s Ministry of Science, Culture & Sport Award.
In November 2006, Rutu celebrated the publication of her marvelous new graphic novel (book-length comics with a story format) entitled "Exit Wounds," receiving critical acclaim from both the media and the audience. In July 2008 Exit Wounds was announced "Best Book of the Year" by the Eisner Awards, the American comics industry´s top honor.
Rutu was invited by The New York Times to write and illustrate a monthly column, starting May 2007, under the title Mixed Feelings. An additional new story, The Murder of the Terminal Patient, was specially commissioned by the New York Times Magazine for 20 weeks’ publication, starting June 2008.
In July 2008 Exit Wounds was announced "Best Book of the Year" by the Eisner Awards, the American comics industry’s top honor.
Selected Books Illustrated by Rutu Modan
||"Exit Wounds", Book of the Year, Eisner Awards
||"Exit Wounds", Coconino Press, Italy and Sin Edicion, S
||Energy Bloquees, Actes Sud BD, Paris
Dead Herring, by Actus artists & Friends, Actus Independent Comics.
Dad Runs Away with the Circus, by Etgar Keret English Edition by Candlewick Press,Cambridge.
|Where Is? by Tamar Bergman, Houghton Mifflin, Boston.
5 Victor, by Actus artists, Actus Independent Comics & Modan Publishing.
Alma and the Sixth Day at School, by Nurit Zarhi, Am Oved
Bathnymph, by Nurit Zarhi, Am Oved.
Happy End, by Actus artists, Actus Independent Comics
||Dad Runs Away with the Circus, by Etgar Keret, Zmora Bitan
||The Happy, Cheerful Cock, by Hanoch Levin, Tel Aviv Books
||Jetlag, by Etgar Keret, Actus Independent Comics.
||Nobody Said It Was Going To Be Fun, by Etgar Keret, Keter Publishing
IcExcellence is supporting Rutu in tailor-made artistic programs, and providing special career advancement consulting.
Rutu´s drawing for IcExcellence´s invitation to its 2009 event
Tel Aviv Summer
Newspaper front page
From Rutu´s New York Times monthly column
"Modan´s elegantly simple line drawings match her dialogue, resulting in a heart-piercing, tough-minded love story."
"…a book that will probably be on my short list for best graphic novel of the year…‘Exit Wounds’ is brilliant. I can’t recommend it enough."
"Modan´s spare, affecting lines and charged dialogue add up to a tragicomic take on family and identity."
"’Exit Wounds’ is the real thing. Modan brings you a world entire…A wonderful book, and beautifully published to boot."
"It´s immensely readable, beautifully coloured, and richly detailed, but Modan´s real triumph is her treatment of the characters."
"Warm, funny and touching, ‘Exit Wounds’ is specific enough in its look at modern Israeli life to seem unique, but universal enough in its characters and themes to be easily recognizable. It´s one of the best books you´ll read this year."
"Modan is a deft and subtle storyteller, and her meditation on Israeli identity and the possibilities of love and trust…are finely wrought. Her loose, expressive drawing is both tremendously evocative and precise-always enhancing the plot. The stellar combination makes this one of the major graphic novels of 2007."
"An excellent painter and sketch artist, overflowing with humor that´s right on target. Her mark is like no other."
Hanoch Levin, Playwright and Author
"She offers a fascinating link between the written image and the visual image. Her works are an innovation in the realm of comics illustrations, and simultaneously address central themes which have been dealt with over the past decade by Israeli and international artists. Rutu Modan´s collaboration with artists such as Etgar Keret and Hanoch Levin is not mere illustration of their writing but rather an intelligent interpretation that powerfully integrates expressive drawing and a conceptual grasp of the essence of the relations between people, the nature of their living space, and the boundaries and limitations of identity in the modern age."
Dr. Ariella Azulai, Curator and Art Critic
Marauding after an Attack
Illustration for newspaper article