About Leat

In the past year my dancing fingers started to ask for personalities of their own. Mister Pink came to be and joined Horsy on the beach for shared experiences. The conflicted Wolfy was created a few months later, maybe in contrast to Mister Pink's sweetness and wholesomeness.

I like to tell stories and I found out that the most natural path for me is to do so by performing my stories with and building the puppets and the fantasy worlds that surround them. I feel that all the mediums I have been practicing in my life -music, dance, painting and sculpture – all come to merge as one in film.

I like small things. I enjoy making the little creatures, clothes and sets. Whether making or performing, in the moment of action, I feel like a child again. I believe that art is made in the place where adulthood and childhood meet. There, I am the happiest of people, and I would like to create this feeling for others through my work.



2005 MFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, N.Y.
2003 “Fifth Year Program”, Kalisher- Institute of Technological Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1999 B.F.A. Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude, University of Haifa, Israel
Selected Exhibitions
Coming up: 10/2009, Solo Exhibition, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, curator Heather Powell, Pittsburgh, PA

Mister Pink & Friends, Luminous Flux, Galapagos Art Space, curator Larisa Fuchs, Brooklyn, NY

  Two Minutes Two Years Anniversary , 3 rd Ward, curator Chris Henderson, Brooklyn, NY
  Wolfy- Live Performance , Puppet Salon, curator Lake Simmons, Brooklyn, NY

NYC Best Short Filmmakers, 3 rd Ward, curator Chris Henderson, Brooklyn, NY

  Screening Short Films , The Chocolate Factory, curator Brian Rogers and Chris Henderson, Queens, NY
  Mister Pink and Friends , Solo Exhibition, Galleria Janet Kurnatowski, Brooklyn, NY
  Belly-Dancing , Video for the Public, curator Sandra Weil, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

V-Dance , International Festival for Video Dance, curator Avi Feldman, Tel-Aviv Cinemateq, Israel

  Couldn't Give Up In The Body , Solo Exhibition, curator Yaniv Shapira, HaKibbutz Gallery , Tel-Aviv, Israel
  Under Any Circumstances, Solo Exhibition, curator Orly Hoffman, The Artists' Gallery , Tel-Aviv, Israel
  Big Man Little Man, Alumni of Art Dept., The New Art Center, Haifa University, Israel
2006 Chashama Art Benefit, Selected artworks, New York, NY
  Zahal (Israeli Defense Force), Ramlle, Ramlle Gallery for Contemporary Art, Israel
  MAKOR Artists in Residency, Wondering, Makor Gallery at the 92nd Y, NY
  Chance Encounters, Artists from Japan to the U.S., Caelum Gallery, NY
2005 Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY
  CoCA Annual Artists Exhibition, Meditating America, Seattle, Washington
  The Bushwick Art Projects, White Bunny Productions, Brooklyn, NY
  AAF Contemporary Art Fair, School of Visual Arts, Pier 92, NY
  The Inaugural SVA Alumni Society Auction, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
  Shades of Femininity, Local Projects, Long Island City, NY
  Sexual Gymnasium, SVA Thesis Show, SVA Gallery, New-York, N.Y.
2004 In a Far Far Land…, School of Visual Arts Gallery, New-York, N.Y.
  Fifth Year Program Exhibition, Kalisher Institute, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2003 Celebration of 100 Years Foundation, Histadrut Hamorim (The National Israeli Teachers Organization), Jerusalem & Tel-Aviv Running Exhibition
2001 Plaster (Band-Aid), Group Exhibition, The Pyramid Gallery, Haifa, Israel
2000 New Faces; Graduates 2000, Group Exhibition, The Israeli Sculptures and Painters Association, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1999 Mt.Carmel Forum: Spring Exhibition, Hotentot Gallery, Haifa, Israel
1998 Young Artists Competition, Hecht Museum, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel
Grants & Fellowships
2006 Chashama Studio Program, New York, NY
2006 Vermont Studio Center Artists Residency, Johnson, Vermont
2006 Vermont Studio Center Artists Residency Artist’s Grant, Johnson, Vermont
2005 Makor Artists in Residence, New York, NY
2004 Chairman’s Grant, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2003 Award Winner, Celebration of 100 Years Foundation, Histadrut Hamorim, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2002 Honorary commendation in “First Portrait”, Council for the Arts, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1999 Second Prize, Art International Competition-Kunst Inderstadt, Twin Cities Project, Mainz, Germany
1998 Award Winner, Young Artists Competition, Hecht Museum, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Selected Articles & Publications


Bushwickbk.com, Moviehouse: Good Riddance, Bedford ‘Catwalk' by Anna D'Agrosa, September 16 th , 2008
The New York Sun, Calendar- Multimedia, ‘Crying Wolf' , March 5 th 2008
Time Out Tel-Aviv, num.232, Art Review “To Die from Laughter ” by Dana Shweppi, pg.91, April 12 th -19 th 2007, Israel
The Green Page, Kibbutz National Newspaper, Art Review “ About Finger and Thumb ” by Tali Cohen-Garbuz, April 26 th 2007, Israel
The Kibbutz Newspaper, Art Review “ The Dance of Fingers” by Karni Am-Ad, April 26 th 2007, Israel
Yediot America, Pleased to Introduce Section by Michal Daniel, pg.7, April 5 th 2007, New York
Zeek, A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, Online magazine, What Happens Next: The Comedy (or not) of the Situation , Robbie Grinras, February 2006
“ Dalit Gurevich & Leat Klingman”, Noa Morduch-Simonson, Terminal, A Review of 21 st Art, Winter , Num.26, pg.14-17 , 2005
Art Review, Meditating America - CoCA Annual Artists Exhibition , Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Washington, Seattle , Nov.2005
Catalog for Enrollment, Kalisher, Institute of Technological Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel , 2004The Fifth Year Solo Shows Catalog, Kalisher, Institute of Technological Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel , 2003
First Portrait, Catalog of Exhibition at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel National Lottery Council for the Arts, Tel-Aviv, Israel , 2003
Lions for the children of Jerusalem Catalog, The New Jerusalem Foundation, Jerusalem , 2003
Mainz-City Newspaper, Review of Winners at competition- Kunst Inderstadt, Mainz, Germany , 2003
Conference & Symposium
2007 Special Grand Stand, The Gateway School, Moderated by Sarah Kiesel, NY
2006 Panel Discussion “Wandering”, moderated by Dominique Nahas, Makor Art Gallery, NY
2005 Artist Talk, moderated by Olaf Khunman, Hamidrasha School of Art, Israel
2001 The Open University series on TV, moderated by Philip Rantzer, Tel-Aviv studios, Israel