Sofia Kisselov was born in Cracow, Poland to a cosmopolitan Jewish family. Together with her brother she survived World War II and immigrated to Israel. Sofia studied painting and sculpture at the Cracow Art Academy and, after immigrating to Israel, continued at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem.
Her work is characterized by many biographical elements that reflect a society in which cultures clash, merge and divide, to finally breed a new mode of being.
The paintings reflect fractions of memories, compassion, suffering and particularly, a strong desire for life.
Her work context is both Eastern and Western, stamped by her Classical training and the Middle Eastern arena in which she lives and works. Stemming from these diverse and charged sources, her work emerges as a totally new and modern entity.
The artist's technique is based on layers of oil paint on canvas, with the use of a spatula. The surface is sometimes geometric, avoiding protrusions. Depth is implied by the distribution of color within the canvas. The artist is deeply sensitive to the use of color. The surfaces create an expressive and sensual pace, sometimes appearing as fragments of landscapes and scenery, occasionally tending towards abstraction.
The museum of art Ein-Harod -'Mishkan Le’Omanut Ein Harod' will hold a retrospective of Sofia’s works in the fall of 2007. The Mishkan Le’Omanut Ein Harod is Israel’s third largest museum and a leading institution in the contemporary Israeli landscape.
Exhibitions1963 One artist exhibition, Chemerynsky Gallery, Tel Aviv
1963 Group exhibition of Israeli painters, Tel Aviv
1966 Group exhibition of Israeli painters, Tel Aviv
1966 Glass cast mural at the Agriculture Research Center, Rehovot
1967 Velvet wall tapestry in the Helena Rubenstein Museum, Tel Aviv
1967 Concrete wall mural, Town Hall, Nesher
1968 Group exhibition of oil paintings, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1973 Aluminum cast, Community Center, Arad
1973 Stained glass cast windowrs, Arad Synagogue
1974 Aluminum cast, Central Bus Station, Eilat
1977 One artist exhibition, Old Jaffa Artists Gallery
1980 Paintings for Tedi exhibition, Attelier K, Tel Aviv
1982 Group exhibition of Israeli painters, Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A
1982 Velvet wall tapestry in Lev Cinemas, Tel Aviv
1983 One artist exhibition, Old Jaffa Artist Gallery
1983 Let There Be Ligh tapestry, Bible Museum, Tel Aviv
1984 Aluminum sculpture The Bird, Kikar Jaffa Gallery
1985 Group exhibition Masks, Kikar Jaffa Gallery
1985 Environmental group exhibition in Jaffa Port: Ish Ha-Ruach
1988 Group exhibition, Eked Gallery, Tel Aviv
1989 One artist exhibition, Antwerp & Brussels, Belgium
1994 One artist exhibition, Horace Richter Gallery, Old Jaffa
nudes : oil on canvas, 92 x 73 U$ 9,000
portraits : oil on canvas, 61 x 50 U$ 3,600
landscape :oil on canvas, 61 x 50 U$ 3,600
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