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Shalom was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in the aftermath of World War II. He spent his childhood in Israel and emigrated with his family to the United States as an adolescent.
Shalom studied painting and sculpture at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. He received dual BFA's and MFA's in painting and sculpture from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. While there he was awarded the Damrosch Scholarship to study at the Fountainbleau School of Fine Arts in France where he won the Fountainbleau Beaux Arts Painting Prize. He did his postgraduate fellowship in the sculpture department of Indiana University.
He has taught and lectured at a number of universities such as the Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, The Cooper Union and Yale University amongst others. His art is included in the book Ecologia Dell'Arte by Enrico Baj and he has been reviewed often in both the American and international press.
Shalom's art has been exhibited extensively in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Israel. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Prague (Czech Republic), Museum Kampa (Czech Republic), Ellis Island Museum (New York), Museum of Modern Art (Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA), Museum of Modern Art (Nice, France), Museu Da Image E Dom Som (Sao Paolo, Brazil), as well as the private collections of Elaine DeKooning (East Hampton, New York), Enrico and Roberta Baj (Milano Italy), Rosa Easman (UBU Gallery, New York), Chemical Bank (New York), Paolo Martini (Rome, Italy), Miguel Cardia (Portugal), and Ivan Karp (O.K. Harris Gallery, New York) amongst others.