Michal Ashkenasi

“I was born in the Netherlands and after WW2 went to Israel . I’m a widow, have two married sons, five grandchildren and one great grandson. For seventeen years I lived near the Negev desert and am still influenced by the landscape, even after living more than 40 years in the center near the sea. The wide spaces, the colors and the contrasts, they all have a part in the work I do. 

I work from my fantasy with an idea in my head which comes from an association or a dream. The works are abstract-minimalist in order to capture the essence, without the ‘Frills’, and leave it to the onlooker to feel the meaning. No wonder Mark Rothko is one of my admired artists. Aside of painting I photograph also, wherein I try to catch the “Drama” in the picture.

I believe Art to be a tool to bring people together, to bring some happiness and Joy! For myself it is a part of my life, a must, just like eating and drinking. Through Art I can express my Feelings and Hopes for a better World!”