Tavalina - Art House SF



Tavalina, Rinat Kishony, was born in Haifa, Israel in 1966. She graduated from the Israel Institute of Technology (the Technion) in 1992 with a Bachelor of Architecture and later moved to Tel Aviv, where she worked for several years. During this time she won a competition to re-design the multimedia museum dedicated to the former Israeli Prime Minister, Ben Gurion.


After a personal crisis in her 30th year, she began to paint. “I felt an overwhelming need for color. I went to my room and found a discarded box of crayons, and began to draw…as if I was in a trance, the paintings were flowing out of me…  and until this very day I haven’t stopped.”  Rinat abandoned architecture and devoted herself to her art. At the same time, she embarked on a thrilling journey of personal discovery. She left Israel and set off, traveling the world – from India to Costa Rica to Guatemala – and eventually settled down in Italy with her husband and daughters.  There she painted extensively and presented her work in various galleries. After ten years abroad, Rinat returned to Israel with her family, where she continues painting and presenting her work, as well as teaching intuitive art.

Rinat describes the painting process as the essence of her life, as an endless journey of research and discovery.

In her own words...

Tavalina portrait

The white canvas, for me, is the embodiment of freedom: it contains an infinite number of possibilities. That is why, at the beginning of the creative process, I must explore a topic, a question, define the rules of the game, and thus limit the boundaries of my process. A conversation then arises between my internal feelings and what is materializing on the canvas, like a continuous melody.

Nothing can surpass the moment where creativity takes over, leading me on a journey where the infinite starts, time stands still and creation is endless.

The paintings are very colorful.  I love the power of color, and my creative process alternates between different contrasts – spontaneous vs. exact work, cold vs. warm colors, fast vs. slow, opaque vs. transparent,  and a constructive vs. destructive process. Gradually I search for a new balance, a new order.

The paintings are constructed in layers, in a constant movement of exploration on the edge of a cliff.  I try to find in me the consent to get lost, to meet the unknown, to destroy --- then appear discovery and surprise, and the finished paintings are vivid and full of energy.

15 artworks

15 artworks