Irena Aizen was born in Russia.
In 1981, Irena graduated in arts from Yaroslavl Art college.
In Russia, she worked as an illustrator in a book publishing house.
Immigrated with her family to Israel in 1990 and has been living in Tiberias ever since.
A selection of Irena's works are presented:
At the Russian Museum of Art - New Jersey, United States,
At the Museum of Naive Art - Riga, Latvia,
At the Museum of Plastic Arts - Tula, Russia,
Irena collaborated successfully with galleries:
Galerie Natalie Boldyreff - Paris, France,
Tribes Fine Art Gallery - Tel Aviv, Israel,
Egozi Gallery - Tel Aviv, Israel, and more.
Her artworks may be found as part of private collections in the USA, Australia,
Germany, Russia, Israel, Great Britain, China, and more.
"For me as an artist working in a realistic manner, the image of a person is connected with the specification of his sex, age, time and place of action. These conventionalities prevented my aspiration to the depiction of psychological states of a person with the help of symbolic signs and objects, working at a subconscious level.
The contradiction between the desire for realism - on the one hand, and the transmission of the generalized psychological traits that characterize a person throughout the history of his development - on the other hand, led me to a search for a character that allows me to bypass restrictions connected with realism. Ancient Egyptian images of a half-man, half-animal, prompted me to look for the image I needed among animals. In my search for animals in the world culture, I discovered that the hare is a character that appears in many fairy tales and myths of the peoples over the world, from America to the Far East and from Africa to Europe. Myths connect a hare with the moon, sky, and sun, its image can be found on antique ceramics, coins, hieroglyphs, as well as in national histories. Especially I was attracted by the fact that in these tales and myths the hare combines the masculine and feminine beginnings and reflects all the advantages and disadvantages of human nature.
I use images of animals to tell about people,
furthermore, certainly about relations between a man and a woman.
After all, we are all a bit animals...
Pyramids, that I create, have a philosophical and spiritual concept that reflects a balance of opposing forces in human life.
Each element of a pyramid is a symbol and has an implicit meaning.
- The bird symbolizes spirituality.
- The key is the answer to the questions.
The human desire for harmonious development is emphasized in the paintings. All elements of a pyramid are interconnected.
However, each viewer can find their own correlation of these elements."
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2018 - Estonian Children's Literature Centre (Tallinn, Estonia)
2016 - Danielle Peleg Gallery (USA)
2015 - Egozi Gallery (Tel Aviv, Israel)
2013, 2010, 2009 - Ein Hod Artists Village (Israel)
2011 – Naive art museum of Latvia (Riga)
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2019 – Freshpaint 11 (Tel Aviv, Israel)
2017 – Freshpaint 9 (Tel Aviv, Israel)
2016 - Beffroi-de-Bruges (Bruges, Belgium)
2015 - Art About - Israeli Worldwide Exhibition (Frankfurt, Germany)
2014 - Art About - Israeli Worldwide Exhibition (Munich, Germany)
2017 - 2008 Imagination Israeli Art (Tel Aviv, Israel)
2012 - Museum of Russian Art (Jersey City, NJ USA)
2010 - Salon d’art Contemporain Business Art, l’Espace Pierre Cardin (Paris, France)
Framed Print on Canvas