Ben Cnaan Matan (b. 1980, Israel) Lives and works in the Jezreel Valley. Holds a BA from Oranim Academic College of Education, Kiryat Tivon and an MFA from University of Haifa. Studied painting with Israel Zohar in London. In 2015 Ben Cnaan was named the first Israeli winner of the BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London. He was chosen out of 2700 participants, with his painting “Annabelle and Guy” inspired by the biblical story of the daughter of Jephthah. Recipient of the Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative Realist Art 2017 which included a solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2018.