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Miri was born in Argentina in 1964 and moved to Israel when she was 15 years old. She is married with 2 children and resides in Rehovot, Israel.

Painting is her most profound passion. Inspiration comes from anywhere, an observation in the street, a scene from television, or the thought of a colour, shape, or place. Miri considers the process of making an abstract painting and an adventurous journey. It starts with a few random strokes and slowly develops, layer by layer until she feels she has conveyed the story to the canvas. When creating figurative paintings, Miri likes to combine the figure with abstract elements to add a dynamic dimension to an otherwise realistic scene. She paints with acrylic using brushes, spatula, and sponges, and occasionally with oil, incorporating cold vax medium to the oil paint. 

She earned a BA degree in biophysical chemistry and worked for Intel for 27 years. In parallel to her high-tech work, Miri kept on developing her painting skills, attending drawing classes and painting workshops in her free time. In 2015, she decided to leave Intel to fully concentrate on her painting career. Her artworks are displayed for sale in several Israeli galleries and on-line platforms. Miri has participated in several group exhibitions and hosted a solo exhibition. She is available for commission upon request.

Links to social media & website:

https://www.instagram.com/mirisbaruch

https://www.facebook.com/miribaruchpaintings/

https://mbaruch25.wixsite.com/mbaruch

Exhibitions:

  • Solo exhibition at the Hedera Ramada hotel in Israel, 2018
  • Window exhibition at the Design at the Under1000 gallery in Israel on 2018.
  • Digital Exhibition for the 2020 Israeli Independence day celebration
  • Group exhibition “real artist paint blue” on 15/6/2020 at the Russian culture center in Israel
  • Group exhibition “Love & Touch” at Ramat Aviv open space, July 2020
  • Future publication in the Capsule Book Curatorial Volume.3, Leaders in Contemporary Art, July 2021.

Education:

  • BA in Biophysical Chemistry in Ben Gurion University
  • Basic drawing class at the beit-ahomanim (artist house) in Tel Aviv
  • Attended realistic oil painting workshops given by several artists
  • Self-taught

Hello Miri! You were born in Argentina but moved to Israel at the age of 15. How much of your art is changed due to your new surroundings? And how much is influenced by your homeplace?

Miri: In Argentina, I started taking drawing & painting classes at age of 12, it was a 2 rooms studio. I started at the beginner’s room for children, all sitting all together on a big table painting with aquarelle. I used to look with admiration at the bigger room for adults and youth that painted with oil on canvas on the drawing stand. The following year I was thrilled to be “promoted” to the bigger room where I started to learn how to paint with oil. I moved to Israel with my family, and the change was dramatic, the language and the culture were quite different. I was missing my friends and it took time for me to feel happy again. I didn’t draw much at that time, because I was concentrated on learning Hebrew, adapting, and making new friends. Eventually, drawing came back to me, but I didn’t go to a special studio after school, I took an art class given by the school. At this age being already a young adult, I discovered Dali and fallen in love with his style.

Which artistic influences do you reference from the most?

Miri: I loved Dali, and spent hours staring at his paintings, looking for every tiny detail on his paintings. I loved the combination of his figures with dramatic events. My style is far different from his, I didn’t “repeat” or tried to copy Dali’s style as a fan would usually do because that drama was not in me. Besides Dali, I also love the great Leonardo Da Vinci, Johanes Vermeer & Gustav Climt. I have admiration and get inspired by several current artists from all over the world like Adam Morgan, Am Debrincat, Ivana Lena Besevic, Ana Bocek, and many more.

What is one tool in your studio (perhaps unusual/handmade) that you can’t live without?

Miri: The unusual tool that I can’t live without is for sure the sponge. It is called the magic sponge and is used for cleaning. It is hard but soft at the surface, allowing me to spread the paint in a different way that can’t be achieved with brushes or spatula.

Why did you choose a figure with abstract as your creative style of choice?

Miri: I love the female face and body because of the tenderness, delicacy, and sensuality they have; and, in parallel, i love painting abstract too. With abstract painting (no figure on it) I feel totally free to let myself go wherever the painting takes me. I started to combine figure with abstract together. I start with the figurative drawing and painting, and at some point, I start to incorporate the abstract part from the background into the figure itself. I think the abstract part adds some degree of freedom and chaos to the very ordered figure, making it more interesting and personal.

What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?

Miri: The most challenging part is when I get closer to the finished part, being able to recognize and decide that the painting is done because in theory there is no ending line. As an artist I want to get it as “perfect” as I can, so towards the end, I start making corrections, so yes, the most difficult part is being able to say it is finished and being able to leave the painting with some imperfections that others may not see but I do.

How did you feel after leaving Intel, and fully concentrate on your painting career?

Miri: It was one of the most wonderful joys of my life because I knew that now I would have the time to make my dream come true, or at least I will try to. It was after 27 years, so I was far very ready for that.

What is your most recent piece of art that you have enjoyed working on the most?

Miri: The painting of 2 faces, a man and a woman facing each other.

Why do you think that the public has seemed to return to embracing figurative painters?

Miri: I think it is because modern figurative painters, as oppose to classic realistic figure painters, incorporate a unique idea or subject to the figure, which makes it more interesting than classic figure painting. We see a huge range of possibilities like animals, flowers, insects, objects, double exposure, peeling, unusual colors, and abstract elements incorporated into the figure elevating the figure into a different platform of wonder, surprise, and unexpected outcome. It just makes it more interesting and attractive and people are curious to see what’s next.

What do you hope people take away from your work?

Miri: The harmonic combination that I try to make between sensual delicate female gestures with a chaotic abstractive background.

How do you see your work evolving in the future, and do you anticipate someday working in another medium?

Miri: I see myself working to improve the incorporation of the abstract elements (that I freely do in the abstract paintings that have no figure in it) into the figurative paintings. To be able to paint the abstract part in parallel to the figurative part, to be able to blend the 2 parts together completely but to still be able to show the figure somehow clearly. Regarding the medium, I started to paint with oil and moved to acrylic, I even tried the combination of cold vax medium with the oil paint. I think that acrylic is my favorite for now.

Thank you!

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