About Daniella Sheinman

Israeli artist Daniella Sheinman studied painting and sculpture at the Avni Art Institute, Tel Aviv between 1972 and 1975. Her teachers included Yehezkel Streichman, Moshe Propes, Yaacov Wexler and Moshe Strenschus. At the time, she created figurative paintings in oil on canvas.

In 1983 she met the late artist, Haim Kiewe, who had a profound impact on her artistic path. Subsequent to their encounter, she shifted to abstract painting in acrylic on large-scale canvases. In 1987 these painting were presented at her solo exhibition at Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv.

In the early 1990's Sheinman shifted to mixed media, working in pencil and graphite on canvas. These paintings were exhibited in 1994 at the Haifa Museum of Modern Art. Another dramatic change and a significant development in her work occurred when Sheinman stopped using color and began painting exclusively in black and white on large canvases. The abandonment of color coincided with a profound insight that spawned the feeling that the black graphite lines form a fuller and more focused essence of her artistic expression.

In 1996 Sheinman staged a large-scale installation at the Bayerische Vereinsbank, Frankfurt, Germany. Entitled Interior Space, the installation addressed the boundaries of man's external spaces. In 1998 it traveled to Sotheby's House, Tel Aviv, and in 1999 it was presented at the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany.

In 2008, the Plaza Hotel in New York City acquired three of Ms. Sheinman's paintings for its newly renovated public space.

Sheinman's unique language is the result of a painting technique that originates in sketches on small paper sheets akin to work plans. These are subsequently transferred to large canvases. Through this Sisyphean work process she imprints, nearly carves, the grayish-black hue of the graphite onto the large-scale canvases. These paintings were featured in Sheiman's 2002 solo exhibition at the Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan.

In February, 2009, she had a solo exhibition, "A Line of Tohu - An Installation", at The Open Museum, Tefen, Israel and  June, 2009 she exhibited at Art Basel, Basel Switzerland.

"As time goes by, I shed layers, trying to arrive at the core of things. We can never see the entire picture; we always have to choose: if we stand back, we will see the whole; if we draw nearer, we will better see the details. Every choice involves a concession."
                                                      ~ Daniella Sheinman


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