Living in Paris from 1990, France
Born in Bulgaria
° Training and qualifications:
1971 – 1976
Fine arts Courses in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Portrait training and practice
Modern art orientation
° Selected Exhibitions:
Solo exhibition in Plovdiv
from 1992 – 1996
Collective exhibitions in France: Deauville, Cannes et Paris
International collective exhibitions : Maastricht (Netherlands), Burges (Belgium)
1994 – Exhibition in the Museum Lagrasse in aude, France
2009 – Solo exhibition in the Cultural Centre Limeil-Brévannes, Val de Marne, France
Exhibitions in Europe and USA and interactive virtual instalations.
About the Artist
I utilize the visual arts, writing projects and scholarship to explore the interaction between the spiritual life of humanity and our sometimes-sad shared reality. My work is hardly religious, but it explores humans’ attempts to make sense of this world and our shared struggle to develop and live by a moral code. At the very best, I hope that my art will have an activist influence, causing viewers to question their own personal roles in making the world a better place to live.
I work in series: I begin with a philosophical and activist impulse, proceed through reading on the subject, writing, drawing and then, finally, to creating a body of work in response to the particular issue at hand. I have undertaken a series of projects as part of this ongoing inquiry. I painted three bodies of work based in the highest impulses of the Abrahamic faiths – the Sufi masters of Islam, the Baal Shem Tov of Judaism and Meister Eckhart of Christianity. I followed this with my Human Rights Painting Project, in conjunction with Amnesty International. This series of portraits highlighted human rights advocates from around the world and the vital work of Amnesty International. I have also undertaken a project entitled Shalom/Salaam, based in a virtually unknown tale of mystical intermingling between Jewish and Muslim mystics over nearly a thousand years of human history. I created a series of paintings entitled Response to Machiavelli, which looks at the small-minded, self-serving state of our current political system and uses the philosophy of great social thinkers from the past few millennia to propose another, more caring way. Lastly, I have explored the lie of classical mysticism through my series In the Garden of the Mystical Redoubt.
In addition to writing and painting, I partner with well-known individuals and non-profit groups working on the same issues; present my ideas at conferences; sponsor interfaith events in conjunction with my exhibits and reach out through the mass media with my ideas, all in the hopes of effecting positive change in the society at large.
Please browse through our six separate galleries, ranging from traditional art to modern to Judaica and to my own works in oil or watercolor. Most are framed and we do custom framing on demand.
Abe Shainberg – Abe, a former comedy writer, and filmmaker, now paints watercolors and works as a lawyer and in corporate marketing. Abe still writes screenplays for film & television. Abe is a Sustaining Associate Member of AWS, the American Watercolor Society.
Miriam Cabessa was born in Morocco and grew up in Israel. She lives and works in New York since 2000 and has shown in the United States, Europe and Israel.
1997-1998 Cultural Studies at Camera Obscura, Tel Aviv, Israel
1990-1992 Ha’Midrisha College of Art, Ramat-Ha’Sharon, Israel
1988-1989 Kalisher College of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
selected solo exhibitions
2012 Variations with Hands , Performance , Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv , Israel
Miriam Cabessa / / Performance, Rothschild 69, Tel Aviv, Israel
2011 In Her Wake , Julie M. Gallery , Toronto , Canada
2010 79 , Slate Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2009 Slow Motion Action Painting , Performance , Pulse Art Fair, New York
2008 Marking Time, Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery, New York
2007 Shelef & Schneidman, Tel Aviv, Israel
Slate Gallery, New York
2005 Moti Hasson Gallery, New York
2004 Pack Gallery, Milan , Italy
2003 Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv , Israel
2001 New Paintings, Stefan Stux Gallery, Project Room, New York
1999 Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv , Israel
Letters, ” The Office ” Gallery, Tel Aviv , Israel
1998 Coins , Oranim College of Art , Israel
Installation, Kibbutz Rosh-Ha’nekra, Israel
Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv , Israel
1997 Venice Biennale , Israeli Pavilion , Venice , Italy
1996 The Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Mary Faouzi Gallery, Jaffa , Israel
1995 Palindrome, Installation at Janco-Dada House, En-Hod, Israel
New Work , Tel – Hai Gallery, Tel Hai , Israel
1994 Pyramus and Thisbe, Installation Kibbutz-Nachshon Gallery, Israel
Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv , Israel
selected group exhibitions
2014 Chicago Triangle , Haifa museum , Israel.
Broken Beads , Beer-Sheva University , Israel.
Contemporary Israeli Art , Julie M , Toronto , Canada.
2013 Passive Aggressive , University Gallery , Tel Aviv, Israel
A Picnic and Smokes, group show curated by Kipton Cronkite from @60, QF Gallery, East Hampton
2012 The Merry Mummy, Ramat Gan Museum , Israel
Three people show, Nye+Brown Gallery, LA
Monkeys Nine People, Tel Aviv, Israel
Masonite, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Take my Breath Away, Julie M Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2011 Festival of Ideas-performance, The New Museum, New York
A Group Exhibition, Julie M Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2010 Balancing act, Hendershot gallery, New York
Sweet Dreams, Bet Haomanim, Tel Aviv, Israel
2008 Lyons Weir Ortt Gallery, New York
Black & White, Slate Gallery, New York
Timeless: The Art of Drawing, The Morris Museum, New Jersey
Eventually We’ll Die: Young Art In Israel Of The 90’s, Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel
2007 Displacements, Ben-Ari Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel
Promised Land, Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Rome, Italy
Gallery Auction, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, New York
Of The Painted Image, Jewish Museum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Big Show, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York
2006 Hybrid Space, Kulture Gardin, New York
2005 Head Over Hand: Pushing the Limits of Paint, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York
Little Red Riding Hood, Art Basel Miami, Dot Fifty One Art Space, Miami, Florida
On The Mark, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
Viewfinder, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York
Dreaming Art Dreaming Reality, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
2004 Paintings that Paint Themselves, Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan
Staccato, Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art, New York
The sun still shines, Pack Gallery, Milan, Italy
I Want To Take You Higher, McKenzie Gallery, New York
2003 Momus Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Scope, Armory Show 2003, New York
Liminal, Hamden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
2002 Artscape 2002, curated by John Yao, Meyerhoff Gallery, Maryland College of Art, Baltimore
New York in Texas, New Gallery, Houston, Texas
Armory Show 2002, Stefan Stux Gallery Booth, New York
Graham & Sons Gallery, New York
Mother Tongue, Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel
2000 The Vera & Arturo Schwartz Collection of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Ladies and Gentlemen, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
1999 Liste 99, The Young Art Fair, Sommer Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
1998 Spring at the End of Summer Young Israeli Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Women Artists, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
1997 The Museum Collection, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
1996 Refusalon Gallery, San Francisco, California
The Vera & Arturo Schwartz Collection of Contemporary Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
New in the Collection: Prints, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
1995 The Ministry of Science and the Arts Prize for a Young Artist, Artist’s House Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Blind Spot Test, Pyramid Center for Contemporary Art, Haifa, Israel
The America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship Recipients, Genia Schreiber University
Art Gallery, Tel Aviv University, Israel
1994 90-70-90, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Along New Lines: Israeli Drawing Today, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Meta-Sex, Mishkan-Le’Omeont Museum of Art & Bat-Yam Museum of Art, Israel
1993 Subtropical: Between Figural and Abstract, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
2013 “Mavirot project” , Comme-il-faut, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2012 Artist Book, With poet Natan Zach. monotype prints. Gallery Harel, printers & publishers, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1997 The School of Art Hamidrasha, Beit Berl College
Shenkar College of Engineering and Design
awards & scholarships
2011 Artist Pension Trust Organization
2001 International Studio & Curatorial Program, sponsored by the NY-Israel Cultural Corp
1995 Commission Ministry of Science and the Arts Prize for Young Artists
The Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize
1994 Scholarship from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation
1991 Scholarship from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation
Frederick R Weisman Art foundation, Artist Pension Trust Organization
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Haifa Museum of Modern Art, Israel, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, Texas State University, Texas
“Painting is an intuitive process for me; a very personal pilgrimage in search of a truth greater than myself intertwining the human capacity to create to the infinite creativity of the supreme Maker.”
Igal Fedida’s life and work has orbited around his interest in the arts. From an early age, in his native home of Israel, Igal exhibited a keen sentience for shape and form, developing a penetrating cognition for composition and design. This led him to the United States where he architected the construction of buildings, incorporating his creative design talents with natural communication and logistics skills building a successful entrepreneurship.
A close affinity to nature drew Igal to broaden his artistic palette by studying photography in depth at UCLA. He then traversed the globe capturing stills and moments of nature attempting to expressively interact with the beautiful essence of creation, developing a unique style of blending Polaroid with water color.
Igal’s true transformative artistic style emerged when he incorporated rough raw structural materials such as woods, metals, unconventional construction paints along with other mixed media to brush and canvas. Utilizing his building skills and knowledge of form and function, Igal began to amalgamate, emulate and unite the creation of the world through his art. His spirited soul had finally found its voice and inimitable language of expressive prayer communing with G-d and creation.
The Genesis Series, currently on display in New York and Miami, is a chromatic treatise on the meaning of creation, visually exploding with colors, blending basic building materials with unique creative form, coalescing theory and allegory like Big Bang and Adam & Eve. The series reflects the soul searching journey of a lifetime steeped in meditation of Biblical, Talmudic and Kabalistic sources in a search for meaning as well as emotional and artistic meeting points with G-d.
“I believe that just as G-d holds a bank of souls that are sent to earth in the form of new lives throughout eternity, G-d similarly holds a bank of divine images that are meant to be given to us mortals through channels called artists.”
“I don’t plan what I paint, I close my eyes and some unseen force drives my brush, and when I am finished, I open my eyes in awe of what present was given to me.”
Igal lives joyously with his wife Efrat and children Ohad, Asaf, Yanay, and Tamar in Miami. Each week he travels to his studio on First Avenue in New York City, where you can find him either serving fresh steeped green tea and figs to clients and friends, or absorbed at his hand-made workstation surrounded by paints and the mixed construction materials of his craft engaged in the creative process. Igal Fedida is available for lectures and seminars. His works are on display and are available for corporate and educational shows and events. His gallery in New York has become a gathering place hosting many soirees and events. Igal has also introduced a Creative Arts Initiative program with local schools to inspire young artists bringing the creative arts to the classroom.