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Michal Ashkenasi was born in the Netherlands and after WW II left to live in Israel. She emigrated to Israel in 1951 and settled in kibutz Gvar-Am, where she married and lived for 17 years. After leaving the kibutz, the family moved to an agriculture school in the vicinity of Haifa.
A widow with 2 married sons, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. An artist from 1984 after finishing the Haifa University. She is very influenced by her surroundings and even after living for 45 years in the center near the sea she has still not forgot her 17 years in the south near the Negev Desert. The wide spaces , the colors and the contrasts they all have a part in the work she does. With the end of her study, she became a member of the Horev Studio in Haifa, where she worked with the late G. Davidovitz for 2 years and, after his death, with the known Israeli artist, Jacob Zim, for several years. From 1990-1996 she had her own studio and gallery in Sefad and was a member of the Artist Colony there.
It is difficult to think about my life without Art. It is like food and sleep, part of my existence. I work minimalist in order to capture the essence, without the frills and leave it to the onlooker to feel. No wonder Mark Rothko is one of my admired artists. Aside of painting I do photography and digital painting, in which I try to catch the Drama in the frame.
Till now she
did 27 solo paintings shows and seven solo photography shows, and participated
in 48 groups exhibitions. She was awarded 6 international awards and three
letters of excellence. Had ten publications: one in France, one in Italy, three
in Germany, five in Israel. Her work has been collected in: France, Germany,
Italy, England, Spain, Portugal, USA and Israel.
Apart of painting she does also photography and digital paintings. With the
digital, after experimenting a long time she found a special way of work, which
she calls Photo-Fusion. In this kind of work she uses her Photos and images of
her paintings and mix them till she comes to what she wanted.
Nowadays she lives and works at her home in Kfar-Saba. She is a member of the Israeli Association of Painters and Sculptors from 1987. She is also a member of the "Point of View" Group in Kfar Saba , which is a group of 12 artists with the goal of working around an idea and exhibiting together. She is a member of the I.C.U. organization in Haifa. Ashkenasi's work is purchased all over the world and can be found in collections in Israel, the USA, England, The Netherlands, Germany, Romania, France and Italy.
1987 Beth Halochem,
1988 Mofet Gallery, Jerusalem.
1990 Zeist, Holland.
1990 1996 Her own studio and exhibition/gallery in Sefad, Israel.
1996 1998 Studio and exhibition/gallery in Ben-Shemen, Israel.
1999 Beth Asia, Tel-Aviv.
2000 Gallery Danon, Tel-Aviv.
2001 Galeria de Art Zero , Barcelona, Spain.
2002 Elah House, Tel-Aviv.
2003 Gallery Ophir, Tel-Aviv.
2004 Gallery Picasso, Castra, Haifa.
2005 Gallery Alternative, Tel-Aviv.
2006 Gallery Krieger, Center of Arts, Haifa.
2006 Gallery "Studio Oman", Hadera.
2007 Museum Hanita, Hanita, Paintings.
2008/9 Museum Hanita, Hanita; photography.
2009- Gallery "Studio Oman", Hadera; photography.
2009 Migdalei Yam-Hatichon, Kfar-Saba; photography.
2010 Gallery 'Art Mabat' ', Kfar Saba, Israel. Painting .
2010 Gallery Alternative, Paris, France. Painting.
2011 Gallery "Studio Oman" Hadera, Retrospective. Paint & Photography.
2012 Gallery "Art Mabat", Kfar Saba. Israel. Painting.
2013 Gallery "Beth Sapir", Kfar Saba, Photography.
2014 Gallery Artisima, MonteCarlo de Luca, Italy. Painting.
2015 Migdalei Yam Hatichon, Kfar Saba, Israel. Photography.
2015 The Chan Museum, Ashkelon, Israel. Photography.
2016 - The Artist House, Haifa, Israel. Painting.
2016 HaSadna Leamanut Yavne. Israel. Painting.
2016 Migdalei Yam Hatichon, Kfar Saba. Israel. Painting.
2017 Protea Bekfar Bnei Dror, Israel. Painting.
2017 Hotel Las Letras, Lisbon, Portugal. Prints.
2017 Migdalei Yam Hatichon, Ganei Tiqva, Israel. Paintings.
Since 1987 she participated in more than 40 Group Exhibitions in Israel as well in Europe.
2017 The International Galileo Prize, Pisa, Italy .
2016 The International Casanova Prize, Venice, Italy.
2016 The International Colosseo Prize, Rome, Italy.
2015 The Certificate of Excellence, Palm Art, Leipzig, Germany.
2007 The "Anthony Van Deyck 2007 Award", Lecce, Italy.
2006 She was appointed as Honorable Professor, Associate Academician at the Academia del la Arte "Greci-Marino" del Verbano, Italy.
2004 The Big Gold Medal at Festival des Arts , Cannes, France.
2003 The Bronze Medal at the "Salon des Artistes Francais", Paris, France.
Le Livre des Artistes Isrealiens, France 2008
The Israeli Reality in Art, Dr. Zvi Israel I.C.U., Israel , 2009 .
Jewish Women in Art 3, Hedwig Brenner, Konstanz, Germany, 2007.
Art in Israel, Yehuda May, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2009.
The Photography of Michal Ashkenasi, Dr Zvi Israel, Can, the bi- monthly Art magazine, Haifa, Israel, 2011.
Whos Who in Visual Art, Art Domain Whois Verlag, Germany 2014-15.
Today in Israels Art, Ms. Hana Barak-Engel, Can, I.C.U., Israel, 2015.
International Kunst Heute 2016, Martine Kolle and Dr .Ingrid Gardill, Germany.
Art Compass 2015 , Himmelblau. Germany.