Tel Aviv Municipality awarded artist Ilana Raviv (Oppenheim), the title of "The Woman of Tel Aviv for 2008". This award is presented to just thirteen women representing different spectrums of activities. Mrs. Raviv was selected as the representative for the arts. A ceremony was held on March 9th at the concert hall (Heychal Hatarbut) in Tel Aviv with the presence of the mayor of Tel Aviv, Mr. Ron Huldai. Ilana Raviv has been a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absolutearts.com since 2000. From October 31, 2007 until January 15, 2008 The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg hosted a solo exhibition of works by Raviv.
Read more about Ilana Raviv's exhibition at the State Russian Museum in 2007 at "Ilana Raviv: Solo Exhibition"
Ilana Raviv states about her work: "Synthetic Realism expresses a metaphor different from reality. The works create synthetic life on canvas, forming diverse flat shapes in contrasts which are not naturalistic, academic or sentimental. Shapes which recreate themselves while rendering a different interpretation to reality. These works emerge from the present experience without drawing from the past, devoid of opinion, preparation or previous training. They are the product of an entry into the unknown with freedom devoid of fear.
"The works are woven into rhymes and tied up in a geometry of poetic expression. The formation of the work is not cognizant. The works stem from a process of alert concentration, attention to detail and an interest in the subject. It is a kind of giving which creates harmony and wholeness and its essence is "being there". This invites an element of surprise and an unexpected freshness which adds another dimension to the works. The work is not abstract, the vivid interest is in the existing concrete subject and in the formative complex containing its whole, clear of information or any hint or message of any kind.
"The work emanates from itself with a strong presence. Each line dictates another and each shape creates a new shape. It is built on the anatomy of art and not on the anatomy of the subject. These elements are derived from the works of maestros like Titian, Veronese, El Greco, Frans Hals, Velasques, Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse, De Kooning, as well as contemporary American artist Knox Martin.
"The essence of the work revolves around discovery itself and not on illustration or description. It is art that does not age and is beyond time and fashion."
View more of Ilana Raviv's art in her absolutearts.com Premiere Portfolio at http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/r/raviv/
Year Created: 1998
Medium: Acrylic Painting
Width: 46 cm
Height: 45 cm
Price: US$ 3000
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