Artist Zavi Apfelbaum’s dreamy oil paintings of Israel’s kibbutz hills and fields, urban markets and local architecture are on display in Turin as the Italian city hosts the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. song that starts in two weeks.
“Light, Life and Earth” – Scenes from Israel opens May 3 at Teatro Paesana, the city’s historic center, in time for Israel’s Independence Day.
Apfelbaum’s impressionist paintings offer small glimpses into Israeli life as she captures moments in time.
“The region’s light affects the landscape and atmosphere, as does people’s minds and how they interact with the land and each other,” said Apfelbaum, who leads global partnership development at the MASHAV – the Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation. at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a daily job.
“I remain attentive to the moments that call out to me – whether it’s a fleeting gesture, a fall of light, a color or a contrast that creates a mood or an atmosphere – and I try to stay true to this moment. In doing so, I hope others can find the same connection and share the feeling or the energy,” Apfelbaum added.
Born in the United States, Apfelbaum studied fine art at Barnard College in New York before moving to Israel in 1990.
The Turin exhibition is curated by gallerist Ermanno Tedeschi, who said he was fascinated by the poetry of Apfelbaum’s images and the “ancient flavor” of his work which recalls some of the great painters of the 19th century, as well as his ability to describe the earth with elegance, an abundance of color and vitality.
Apfelbaum’s work will be exhibited in Turin until May 31 and will then be presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Genoa in a group exhibition entitled “Israeli Landscapes”.