Lior Shvil was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and lives and works in New York. Shvil creates potent images and charged, psychologically juxtaposed environments through a range of mediums, including sculpture, video, photography, painting and live performance. Through the use of his own physical body, which is in turn punished, heroicized, ridiculed, and eroticized, Shvil creates a cast of characters who act as both the oppressors and the oppressed.

Shvil received a B.Arch from Bezalel academy, Jerusalem and an MFA from Columbia University; he completed a Post Graduate program in Art and Design from the Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem. Shvil is the recipient of a 2011 Artis Grant, a 2010 Lotos Foundation Prize, and a 2007 Samuel Givon Prize, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art.