I didn't start off as an artist;
I was born in Bat-Yam. My father was a fifth generation Israeli who was born in Yesud HaMa'ala and my mother immigrated to Israel from Bulgaria, during World War II.
My evolvement sprang mainly due to the environment in which I grew up, my parents, my siblings and Bat-Yam 58 years ago. A City of nature, a sea and white sandy beaches, a delicate fragrance of Retama bushes all over. These are the main ingredients and my inspiration.
In the first decade of my life the city grows and evolves into what it is today, so quickly that I could not digest it; suddenly, a city of nature becomes urban town. Industrialized and programmed, crowded and suffocating. Spaces are blocked by tall dense buildings, natural calming colors like blue and white are replaced by neon lights, blinding and shiny, hitting the child in me and me in the stomach intensity... the truth has given its place to fakeness.
The primary language in my childhood home was the language of "Making".
Everything we wanted and were not able to buy, we would ask from two talented parents and we would got a magic act. My clothes- sewed by my mother, a decorated boat we skied with on the Kinneret – my father built it from scratch.
Creation was made from necessity but mostly, love and passion. Thus realizing that the work itself is unique and consumerism is a false imitation.
I started making art only in my late thirties. The first twenty years of my life I was an athlete, a member of Israel's national volleyball team, studying physical education at the Wingate Institute.
A joint injury compelled me to leave sports, and I developed an interest in design, and subsequently – in art. At first I engaged in fashion design; I studied at the Shenkar College (formally: Shenkar collage of Textile and Fashion) in Ramat-Gan, and worked as a fashion designer, followed by graphic design studies at the One-to-One school. I started learning drawing with artists Miri Nishri and Yaacov Mishori (who notably influenced my work). However I never studied art formally in an academy.
The first material I used in my art; was colorful synthetic decorative flower ribbons.
I went to buy paint in Jaffa, and passed by a gift-wrapping shop. These first works were Two-dimensional.
The next phase I began coating everything with the colorful ribbons as a type of readymade. The third phase, I started constructing forms. I frequently visited carpenters and other professionals from whom I learned (and learning still) how to implement my visions.
Today, my works are displayed and in collections in Israel and worldwide.
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