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Michal Avrech is an international artist based in Israel.

She has B.A in fine arts and M.A. in art therapy, both from Haifa University. She works as an artist and also as an art therapist with youth at risk. She is a member of the Israeli Professional Visual Artist Association, a member of the INT Association of art, and a member of the Jewish Art Salon, the largest Jewish global artist association

Michal exhibited in many local exhibitions, as well as in Europe and the US. She is represented in Europe via Paks Gallery, by curator H. Playner.

 

I create imaginative landscapes with fast, expressive brush strokes without careful planning, like a painting in the consciousness of a dream. Usually I use intense colors.  This expresses my energetic character. I create mainly on large canvases. This is how I manage to convey a sense of space and freedom, hope, joy and vitality while reflecting my inner world.  The landscapes purposefully set a general, generic tone so that a viewer can find his own landscapes in them.

Recently I have been painting abstract and completely imaginary images which also deal with questions about the creation of the world. The abstract also deals with longing for my beloved family and friends through new themes in paintings–childishness, illustration, and wellbeing.

I am an award-winning international artist based in Israel. I have participated in many exhibitions throughout Israel, Europe and USA.

Hello Michal! How did it all start for you in the world of art?

Michal: Painting is my way to express myself and to connect with people since I was a child. When I was a 17-year old I received my first art award for my artistic abilities. I decided to study fine art, special education, and art therapy and combine my abilities as a painter with my desire to work with youth with special needs. I realized that through art I could touch their hearts. When my children grew up I started painting more and exhibited in the US and Europe as well. I was awarded a number of art awards and publicity which led to further international exhibitions, biennales, and publications. For the past four years, I have been working independently and also have been represented by galleries.

Autumn

You work as an art therapist with youth at risk. Tell us more about that.

Michal: I am a painter and art therapist who has been working for more than 20 years in a special education school in a therapeutic boarding school for at-risk youth, who suffer from severe emotional problems. Gradually change occurs with the help of artistic means, games, and conversation in allowing the youth to process their experiences. I am part of a large supportive and inclusive treatment team of a number of therapists, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. We all work collaboratively in order to give the children tools to deal with life, develop self-confidence and mostly get hope. I see this work as a great mission and privilege. Throughout my life, I have painted and even illustrated children’s books studied for a bachelor’s degree in art and a master’s degree in art therapy. As my children grew up, I began to combine my work as an art therapist with my work as a painter. I paint almost every day, the very act of painting in bright colors and quick brush strokes makes me happy and is my way of expressing myself, a way of dealing with my different experiences through painting I express the same longing for optimism for hope and freedom I give my patients, and this is passed on to viewers.

Blue

How do you see the inspiration for your work growing and changing?

Michal: For the past few years I have been painting landscapes from my immediate and beloved surroundings. Sometimes I approach different submissions that challenge me in different issues that I connect to and many times it opens up a challenge for me of doing something new. I created a series on the subject of Jerusalem and a series on the creation of the world, with abstract works and compositions of verses interwoven with it from the Old Testament. Recently I created a series on the subject of femininity following the theme of the Florence Biennale, in which I participated this year. Following that work, I fell in love with style and shapes so I created a sequel to the same style on similar themes of playfulness and childishness.

Childhood

What artists of the past or present have inspired you?

Michal: I really like Impressionist painters and expressionist painters. I admire a group of Israeli female painters who immigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union and created wonderful work in the Israeli art scene. They are known as The Barbizon.


Blue lupins

Do you have a real-life situation that inspired your artwork?

Michal: I am influenced by the amazing landscapes of my hometown that surround me. In recent years I have been part of a group that travels from the north of the country to the south. We travel every month. Sometimes I paint at my studio from memory and paint sometimes I paint in nature.  Sometimes I paint from my memories from my journeys abroad. I describe my distinctive landscapes as being both dynamic and universal, inviting viewers to reflect upon their inner and outer worlds. My vivid abstractions are translated through an impressionistic and expressive lens. Recently, I was invited to a few exhibitions. One of them deals with dreams and motivated me to paint abstract paintings. The topic of The Florence Biennale was femininity. I decided to express the subject in a symbolic and abstract way and made a series named “Family”, which deals with family connections and emotions such as love, acceptance, compassion, humor, and playfulness. You can see it on my Singulart page.

Flow

What is your daily routine when working? And can you tell us about the process of making your art?

Michal: I work 4 days a week until noon as an art therapist. I draw almost every day in the studio in my house.  I love to paint when there are people around me and while listening to pleasant and relaxing music. I have a routine of writing and submitting.

Michal Avrech

You say your landscapes purposefully set a general, generic tone so that a viewer can find his own landscapes in them. Is there a message you are trying to send with each piece?

Michal: I try to convey a message of hope, optimism, and energy. Creating art is my way of expressing myself, sharing messages of optimism, vitality, and hope with viewers and art lovers all over the world.

Mystory

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

Michal: The part of marketing, writing, and the administrative issues are the ones that are harder for me as a painter.

Sunshine

What are some of the tools you use to create a distinct style of artwork?

Michal: I draw from the heart, according to the emotions that flood me. The very act of making the piece makes me happy and content, even after the difficult experiences I go through. I know that my work gives me feelings of ability and joy that are also transmitted to the viewer. A few years ago I traveled with my family to Japan and I was fascinated by the powerful pink cherry blossoms. I drew a number of paintings inspired by this experience and presented them at Art Expo New York as well as at the Fiak event in Paris

The hidden river

What are some of the stories behind your work?

Michal: The first painting I sold at Art Expo New York in 2017 depicted my intense admiration for the amazing cherry blossoms I saw on my and my husband’s wonderful trip to Japan. I loved the intense pink hue of the blossom and the intoxicating scent and charm that was in the air. After it was sold I went on to paint a series of cherry blossom trees. One of these series was exhibited at the Fiak Paris Fair at the Carousel de Louvre Gallery in the Louvre complex, an exciting event I attended.


The yellow road

What’s next on the horizon for you?

Michal: I hope to continue exhibiting at art fairs, galleries, and museums. Hopefully, I will continue to present my artworks in important places and also in small and unfamiliar places because I want to spread my agenda of optimism and vitality to a wide audience.

Softness

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