Reis Studios - Studio# 313
43-01 22nd Street
Nava Gidanian-Kagan is an Israeli artist based in New York. Her works explores the fragility of the human condition facing the mortality of all living things. Reflecting on our own mundane existence in all its complexities, in attempt to transform it into a very intense, almost seductive tangible experience.
Nava was recently awarded the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation Residency at MANA Contemporary (2017), The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award (2014), and The Terra Foundation for the Arts Award in Giverny, France (2014). She also participated in the Residency programs at: The International School of Painting, Drawing & Sculpture in Umbria, Italy (2005, 2004) and The Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain (2007).
Nava has exhibited both nationally and internationally including: Dedee Shattuck Gallery, MA (2017), Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City (2017), The Experimental Gallery, New York (2016), Flux Factory, New York (2016), A.I.R Gallery, New York (2016), Sotheby's, New York (2016), Panepinto Galleries, New Jersey (2015), Collier West Gallery, New York (2015), Wilkinson Hall Gallery, New York (2015), Indigo Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (2012), Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, (2012), Marion Art Gallery, Fredonia, NY (2012), Olean Public Library Gallery, Olean, NY (2011), BAS, Buffalo, NY (2011), Echo Art Fair, Buffalo, NY (2011), Gallery 33, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2006), ISA Gallery, Umbria, Italy (2004/5) and Stern Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
She holds a Master of Fine from the New York Academy of Art (2015), and she graduated from the Jerusalem Studio School in Israel (2006).
The series explores the mortality of all living things, a subject that is deeply rooted in the history of art and we all experience during our lifetime. The central theme in my paintings is the fragility of the human condition. Despite the severity of my subject, there is liveliness in choosing a specific seductive bright palette that aspires to embrace the moments of celebration in our life.
This poetic content is especially evident in the birds paintings. Their quiet resonance and space depicted with no formal limits is defined only by the presence of the animal itself. I keep expanding this imagery, reflecting on our own mundane existence in all its complexities, in attempt to transform it into a very intense, almost seductive tangible experience.
All images and text copyright Nava Gidanian-Kagan