Tavalina:
Where the Infinite Starts

September 18 - October 15, 2021

Tavalina, Rinat Kishony, was born in Haifa, Israel in 1966. She graduated from the Israel Institute of Technology 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. Rinat abandoned architecture and devoted herself to her art.

“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.”

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 to Italy. After ten years abroad, Rinat returned to Israel with her family, where she continues painting and presenting her work, as well as teaching art.

Rinat is beautifully articulate about her complex, multilayered creative process - achieved not with a brush, but primarily with a palette knife. This allows her constructive approach - the build up - and, eventually, the destructive approach of reduction and removal to achieve the final result. She notes: “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.”

“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 appears discovery and surprise, and the finished paintings are vivid and full of energy.”

Aviel, Israel. 2020. Acrylic on canvas

My House, Red Still Life

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Aviel, Israel. 2020. Acrylic on canvas

Tel-Aviv, Beach

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AVIEL, ISRAEL. 2020. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

Tel-Aviv

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Aviel, Israel. 2018. Acrylic on canvas

Near My House

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Aviel, Israel. 2020. Acrylic on canvas

Tel Aviv, Palm Trees

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AVIEL, ISRAEL. 2020. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

My House, Yellow Still Life

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AVIEL, ISRAEL. 2020. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

Jerusalem

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AVIEL, ISRAEL. 2020. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

Jerusalem, Dome of the Rock

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AVIEL, ISRAEL. 2020. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

Rome

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AVIEL, ISRAEL. 2019. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

Winter Lake, Aviel

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AVIEL, ISRAEL. 2019. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

My House, Blue and Yellow

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AVIEL, ISRAEL. 2019. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

Italy

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