Roy "Chicky" Arad (רועי "צ'יקי" ארד, born 1977) is an Israeli poet, singer, script-writer and artist.
Chicky has publishd three books. In his first book, “The Nigger”, he formed a style that he called "Kimo" and defined as "a Hebrew adaptation of the Japanese Haiku": it consists of three lines of 10, 7, and 6 syllables. It usually describes one frozen scene that has no movement in it, and in practice the content of the poems is close to Senryū.
In 2004 he published "Paintings and poems 2000-2003" with Tal Esther Gallery, Shadurian.
Chicky’s poem “The owl” which deals with the destruction of the Israeli urban city centre in favor of giant shopping malls, interlacing elements of ancient eastern Gods, was a part of Michal Helfman’s work in the Venice Biennale 2003. In 2007, a translation was published in the USA at "In Our Own Words", an anthology of young writers.
Arad is one of the founders of the Free Academy group and editor with Joshua Simon of Maayan magazine Israeli periodical for poetry, literature, art and ideas.
In 2000 Roy's band "Ping Pong" represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden with the song Sameach. At the close of voting the song had received 7 points, placing 22nd in a field of 24. The song lyrics mentioned a friend from Damascus who dates an Israeli girl. The band was dis-endorsed by the Israel Broadcasting Authority after waving the flag of Syria during the rehearsal and the video-clip of the song. They refused to back down for the performance in the final and pulled the flag out live.
In 2003 Arad released "Sonol" ("Ra Records", Israel, Produced by Ram Orion). In 2004 Arad released "Tourists, come to Israel, it's a Nice Country". On January 7, 2005 he released two different albums in the same day: "Monster" (Comfortstand) with French musician Chenard Walcker, and "Sputnik in Love" under the Dutch label WM Recordings.
Some of Arad's music is political. In July 2005 Arad released "I Vanunu" with Chenard Walcker (Freesamplezone, Paris), named after the atom prisoner Mordechai Vanunu. The videoclip to the title song was shot in Ramallah. In 2006 Arad released his fifth solo album, "Good Friends" (Birdsong, Israel). In August 2006, Arad released a song against the war in Lebanon. In 2002, Arad was one of the organizers of "Rave against the occupation", a line of parties protesting against the Israeli policy during Second Intifada.