born in 1960 in Buenos Aires. She lives and creates in Tel Aviv, Israel. Lili studied Art in Haifa University (2012) and in an individual program at Midrasha LeOmanut - Beit Berl School of Arts (1999 - 2003). As an immigrant, she deals with questions of identity. Her artwork – painting, sketching, etching and collages – reflects the relationship between place, locality and her personal foreignness. Her work is figurative with expressive influences. Large canvases (2X3 meters) are created with shoe polish, divided into frames in a movie scenes mode, alongside small and intimate pieces. Her art world-content ranges between personal and social, with influences of social realism and pop culture.
I'm occupied with memory. I act out of great passion to remember and with a similar amount of fear to forget the past. I paint specific images of places, scenes or portraits in the context of my life experiences. While creating art work, I cling to my memory and experience of it, with my senses. A memory without a sensory form of expression, interpretation, has little significance for me.
Another feature that I can recognize in my art is the way I treat a single frame as a detail within a whole. For that reason, many times I cannot allow a painting of mine to be shown independently. I need a full environment, the whole picture that acts as a substitute to reality. That's why my urban canvases are built out of multiple frames or a series of numerous pieces of the same subject.
Memory or Illusion –
Recently I find myself repeatedly painting portraits of my Father, I left behind in Argentina. He is currently very elderly, and his physical health and spirits are poor. I'm worried. I'm distant. I hold on to what I have. Hence, my current work regarding my Father's portrait deals, once again, with memory, and the capturing of memories for the future that threatens to forget and erase. I take that mental state, and together with black-humor or self-humor I celebrate the delirium, my return to childhood, the regression. Sometimes that takes me from his hallucinations to mine. Memories and illusions mix, and not only his.
Here and There –
More and more I understand that the main question that is the recurrent motif in the Israeli culture is the relationship between "Here" and "There". As an immigrant I find myself dealing with mental and physical fluctuations between here and there. The tension has been discovered as one that begets and sustains the local culture. I identify with this tension and see it as principle and fruitful in my work, whether I am painting a "broken down" street in Tel Aviv, the view during times of war or my Father in the context of my childhood or a memory\illusion\dream.
Artists which influence my work are great masters such as Matisse and Goya, and in the Israeli current scene I am influenced by Asad Azi, David Reev, Yair Garbuz and correspond with the work of Netally Scholsser and Ella Amitai-Sadovsky.
2014: Art studies in the Individual Program - Yale University (New Haven CT, USA) (spring semester)
2011-2012: Art Studies, Haifa University (Haifa, Israel)
1999-2003: Individual Program, Midrasha LeOmanut (Beit Berl School of Arts, Israel)
1991: Education studies, Tel –Aviv University (M.A.) (Tel-Aviv, Israel)
1983: Communication Disorders, Tel-Aviv University (B.A) (Tel-Aviv, Israel)
2016: "18 Partings from a Living Dad" - Artists' House, Tel Aviv. Curator: Ruty Chinsky-Amitay
2012: "Grease" – Artists' House, Tel-Aviv. Curator: Tali Cohen-Garbuz.
2017: "Family Affair" - Azul Gallery, Tel Aviv, Curator: Hanita Elizor
2016: "Map of the New Art" – Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
2016: "Belonging" – Rishon LeZion Museum. Curator: Carmel Gofer
2016: "Getting the Words Out" – Rishon LeZion Open Gallery. Curator: Shirel Safra
2016: "Packaging, Inc." – Hamerkazit Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Iris Hever
2016: "50 Shades of Grey" – The New Gallery of the Bat Yam Art Institute. Curator: Hanita Elizor
2016: The Rubelle and Norman Schfler . The Art of Humanity at The Pratt Institute
2016: "Iran Iran" – Kaay Institute, Beer Sheva. Curator: Nir Harmat
2016: "13 Vertebrae" – Cinemateque Jerusalem. Curator: Hagit Gaon
2015: "Signs" – Gallery for Social Art, David Yellin College, Jerusalem
2014: "Where were you when it happened" – Zezeze Gallery, Tel-Aviv. Curator: Hagit Gaon
2012: "An External View" – Beit HaOmanim, Modiin Macabim Reut. Curator: Gabi Yair
2014: "Etching" – Artist Workshop, New-Haven, Connecticut, USA
2014: "In the Heaven of our Childhood" – HIT: Holon Institute of Technology. Curator: Mihal Hai
2014: "The Biblical Song" – The 12th Biennale of Illustration, Ra'anana
2013: "Bread and Roses" – Tel Aviv
2013: "Black White" – Beit HaOmanim Modiin Macabim Reut. Curator: Gabi Yair
2013: "A Woman is a Woman is a Woman" – Artists' House, Tel-Aviv. Curator: Iliya Vagdanovski
2011: "The Inner Space" – Gross Gallery, Tel-Aviv. Curator: Maya Cohen-Levy
2009: "Montefiore South" – Central Station, Tel-Aviv. Curator: Maya Cohen-Levy