Artist Statement -

Nina Gabriel Artist’s Statement

“May our walking on Earth be gentle as the Union of a Butterfly and a Flower”
Traditional Buddhist Blessing

Rainbows are the same all over the world, and, they are the same at any time we look at them. Our perception of them is, however is different every time we see them and it is ever – changing, according to our mood, feelings and state of mind.
My earliest recollection and recognition of rainbows goes back to when I was a little girl, sitting beside my grandfather, at his famous desk where he used to make amazingly interesting and beautiful things. At the same time, he taught my brother and me the colors of the rainbow and that is where it all began – my love for beauty, color and art for things of beauty and for things that were left for us to interpret.
I felt connected to nature and its boundless beauty since my childhood. I also enjoyed making things – of clay or any other media. My grandfather taught us many of those techniques and approaches to expression. From my grandmother, I learned crochet, embroidery and some sewing. Later on, I learned to work with many different media, which I enjoy to this day.
“So far only art is still born out of the activity of the living spirit, out of the intuitive perception. Art alone has had a natural and therefore a normal and healthy origin and development. The spirit, however, does not express itself in the intellect, but in the intuitive perception, and only manifests in what is called deep inner feeling.”
Abd – ru-shin- Oskar Esnest Bernhardt
The process of making a thing of beauty through connection with my inner self is the greatest meditation and a gift that I appreciate so much. The ideas and possibilities are endless. Life and nature offer me inspiration and feelings that provide basis for many of my works. Working with that kind of art allows me to connect with nature and the universe. At this stage of my life, the colors of the rainbows become more prominent. I have experienced these colors in both sweet and bitter ways through the many events and circumstances in my life including the color black due to the very unfortunate events and the losses of the people I loved dearly- my parents and my brother Grant/Reli - the one I cherished the most all my life (all of whom I lost within 11 months 2006-07)
My art represents many philosophies, combining my deep interest in different cultures, beliefs, art, design, poetry, music and many other forms of expression. I strive to understand the ideas behind them, the spirituality and the soul. Many is the time when I bring several ideas into one work, be that a collage or some other form.

To produce art is the most satisfying experience for me and the results of my work I would like to share with as many people as possible thus spreading my spirit far and wide.
My art has contributed enormously to my own spiritual growth, at the same time testing my patience, persistence and will. It has brought me curiosity, hope and faith.
It is my sincere wish that my art and poetry bring peace, happiness and joy to anyone that appreciates it. I also hope that it will bring forth many positive feelings such as love, faith, confidence and truly all the good that life has to offer.

“I am convinced that any attempt to restore harmony in the world can only rest on the renewal of personal responsibility.”
Andrei Tarkovsky

Since my early childhood I was instilled with wisdom from my dear grandfather, who taught me to choose peace instead of a fight or destruction; to find peace in my heart and be compassionate towards my fellow human beings, nature and animals.
I was taught to create beauty in the midst of adversities and struggles facing my family and life in general. I have followed his teachings incorporating the teachings of many spiritual leaders and knowledge that I have acquired throughout my education, reading and search for truth and meaning of life. I strongly believe in Love, Harmony and Peace that can only stem from our heats and resonate outwardly creating the same all around us and in the world. To spread this message is my contribution to humanity, as I have been led to, having gone to great depths into my soul through my art, poetry and writings. Encountering many struggles and numerous obstacles, I was still able to get where I am today, as an artist, poet and designer and follow my dream and came to this understanding, knowledge and wisdom that I would like to share with the world - to help and assist others on their own journeys of life towards peace and harmony on earth, and provide means to help follow their dreams.
“We heal our hearts with rays of love and forgiveness, appreciating beauty within all things and most of all within ourselves, celebrating our existence by creating our own forms of beauty and illuminated by our soul’s light we become beautiful beings with great love in our hearts.”
Nina Gabriel
P.S. By all means I never claim to have grown fully spiritually nor have I arrived to a place of total bliss. Especially when life has presented the most difficult challenges in my life, such as loosing my brother and my parents within 11 months in2006-07, when I tried exceptionally hard to find my center and faith once again. The Bliss that I experience is only when I create art, write poetry or assist with healing and do charitable works, and as far as my spiritual journey it is a Journey not a destination.
“First they will ignore you,
Then they will laugh at you,
Then they will fight you,
Then you will win.”
Mahatma Gandhi

I have a dream and purpose in life to make a difference in children’s life's, making their dreams come true and to be able to create happiness and joy in their life's, to provide for less fortunate for their education and healing. I dedicate my work to this purpose in the loving memory of my brother Grant/Reli. Leli's & Reli's Foundation Making a difference as two parts of One, helping children of the World.

I am infinitely grateful for my grandparents, parents and especially my brother who have assisted me enormously on this journey and the years that have lived with all of them.

Finally I am humbled and grateful to God/Universe for enriching my life with such gifts of beauty and healing, because when I create and heal as well as get healed, I know it is not me, but some other energies that work through me, I am only a humble servant working for the greatest good.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”

St. Francis of Assisi

Artist Exhibitions

I am in the process of compiling my past and current exhibition opportunities.

Artist Publications

The art of the American award-winning artist Nina Gabriel reflects the deep understanding of mythology, Kabbalah, astrology and many other forms of esoteric knowledge and wisdom. It is subtle in its form and yet contains complex and powerful messages. There are many themes and subjects but the predominant message is that of a person searching and finding the key to the soul through one’s life journey. One finds joy, sadness, love, deep reflection as well as unparalleled beauty in her work. It is the combination of all of the above-mentioned themes that gives her art a mystical quality. However, one can see the greater message, which is the one of goodness prevailing over the negative in the human condition. The artist combines many techniques and forms, which create a great harmony which delivers her message both in a subtle and direct way. The mysticism is ever-present, however it resonates with one’s soul on the spiritual level. Some pieces posses complexity upon first impression, but a closer examination reveals a parallel with the complexity of the human spirit. That profound resonance leaves one with a greater desire for self-examination and reflection. The sometime surrealistic and symbolic imagery implies the many aspects of human experience. The presentation is full of meaning and the messages are there for us to understand and absorb. The finesse of the work is unquestionable but it is the profound meaning of her art that leaves us truly spellbound. Indeed, it is the true reflection of the talent of Nina Gabriel. Her art transcends time and history, occasional events or experiences. The timelessness of her work is the leading factor that elevates her art to the level where it touches the soul and spirit. It is all those qualities that put Nina Gabriel among the leading artists of our time and beyond.

Independent Art Critic - Dr.Grant Gabrielian B.Sc.

Gateway to a warm space.

Her paintings are a gateway to a hidden magical world.

One finds a key into this world of beauty and abundance, knowing one’s stride into exquisite art. Delightful and poetic landscape.

Nina Gabriel, native from USA is in charge of most peculiar inner league images that I support. Her paintings are subtle, tempting and attractive. That stimulates my senses and addresses my curiosity.

But the most gifts that I recognize and am exited about are her rich experience. It draws me into a walk on excursion to an unfamiliar world and I believe that it is the secret that she carves inside an image. That becomes her trade secret.

With Nina Gabriel’s selection there is an absence of stereotype or conventional cliché. She expresses her personal, but also universal longing for magic and beauty.

Several of her paintings are perceived as beautiful fine learning space with signs and symbols. That turns into a meeting place for such as her experiences from her dream world. There are almost some of the mortal sins that images seek to explain or state, interpreting her collection. That skill passes over from imaginary hand. It flees from expression when I attempt to hold it firm in my hand. And spirit, I know does not escape to avoid intoxication by her beautiful and rich art.

Thus, one day I had surrounded myself with her images I noticed them full with messages, letters, filled with lyrical emotion; and there is more as well as one opens one’s mind, senses and seeks about into warm inner essence.

Nina Gabriel’s art is not just as seen space with refinement and style. No, it is stable as a small piece of jewelry that one must and will preserve, keeping it close to one’s heart for it protects from evil and senseless opinions.

The world should grant more space for this mythological art of Nina Gabriel.

But, the feeling in my heart is that one derives happiness from Nina Gabriel’s art.

She possesses a skill that comes out from her warm heart.

Stig Akl Stolnacke

International member of Aica International Art Critical

(Translated from Swedish)

Greetings from The Ancient One

Hello Nina

I was surveying the sea of countless possibilities which is the
internet when i came across the spirited expression which is your site.
My compliments on your palette of personal perspective. I enjoyed the
genuineness and creativity of your site. The flower of your soul is
evident throughout your pages. You have woven an authentic unique
tapestry of inner light and heartfelt spirit. I wish you great joy and
prosperity in all endeavors. Thank you for sharing your creative

May you discover your dreams , embrace your gifts and awaken to your
true self that you may inspire the sacred divine within.

Yours in Relative Happiness
Micheal Teal
The Ancient One


Artist Collections

In November 2006 I became a member of The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction – www.CollageMuseum.comwhere I donated “Center of Bangua” collage for exhibition at the museum.


Artist Favorites

Personal Favorites

Personal info and favorite links and sites coming soon.