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About the Artist        
         
 

Dvora Zelichov was born in Tel Aviv in 1953, to religious parents who were Holocaust survivors.

Dvora learnt art and educated students for twenty-five years
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Over the years she participated in various workshops in art and studied with the following artists:

Shimon Avni

Eliyahu Gat

Moshe Rosenthalis

Rachel Shavit

Arye Lamdan

Edwin Solomon

Marcello Fishman

She is a member of the Israel Painters and Sculptors Association.

       
 

About the work of Art



The topics of Dvora Zelichov’s paintings, in the past and at present, are drawn from moments in her life; moments that passed from her paintbrush to the canvas in an open composition, all elements present at the same time with no starting or finishing points.

The bricks in her paintings are multiple layers, a range of colors, which sometimes greatly clash, but the meeting between them awakens feelings of tension, beat and movement. The tapestries of meanings in some of Dvora’s paintings are comprised of the use of anthropomorphism and symbols, religious verses, parts of verses and sacred texts that are an additional tool of expression to the same organized façade of decisive experiences.
       
 

The Holocaust Series

Dvora’s parents were survivors of labor and extermination camps. “My father lost his wife, three sons, parents and other family members. He started a new family with my mother – but he died at a young age. His heart could not cope with it all. My mother, 92 at present, also lost a large number of family members, and was, and still is, the dominant personality in our family until today.” 

Dvora’s parents and family accompany the artist and her paintings in a candid and concealed manner: in objects, in events, in feelings, in emotions and in metaphoric explanations that are specifically expressed in the Holocaust series. 

The artist is a second-generation Holocaust survivor and, as such, Dvora feels that she must live up to the monumental dimensions of such a title:

“It was forbidden to talk about the Holocaust at home. It was taboo. Not to be mentioned. That is why I don’t know many details about the Valley of Death. 

I did not feel the pain on my own flesh, but I grew upon amongst the sufferers, the tormented, the yearners, who tried to show vitality and liveliness. Even though one cannot convey the terrible atrocities that such people suffered on their bodies and in their souls with paint and shapes, the images and events are portrayed in an abstract and symbolic, but real, manner. 

I portrayed my father and his children in some of my paintings, from the perspective of a mother, and today a grandmother, and from a deep understanding of the pain and sorrow, hidden in such a difficult loss. 

I have dedicated memories of my mother, the amazing woman, the survivor, who believes in all her heart and soul, the strong and the persistent, through the number that is embedded in her arm – A-127538.

The pain and difficulty that were an integral part of Dvora’s parents’ lives as Holocaust survivors echo throughout all her paintings.

In 2014 the "Yad Vashem" Musueum added her painting Lena (Leah), giving expression to Dvora’s mother, the Holocaust survivor, to their collection.



Exhibitions

Dvora Zelichov’s paintings have been displayed at various exhibitions since 1996.

 

Dresses and More

Devora participated in a group exhibition of dresses at the Green House Gallery, Tel Aviv

 

ART WORKS International Art Show Munich

Dvora participated in a group exhibition, Munich, Germany | 2014 – 2015

 

Wedding

Dvora participated in a group exhibition on Marriage and Couples at the Gebo Gallery, Tel Aviv

 

An Individual’s Prayer

Exhibition at Beit Immanuel

 

Moments in My Life

Exhibition at the Amalia Arbel Gallery

 

Exhibition at the WZO House

Exhibition at Bank Leumi (works on the Holocaust)

Exhibition at Bank Hapoalim (promoting donations for research of AIDS)

Exhibition of art collectors (Los Angeles)

       



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