Ora Nissim- Judaica Paintings

Ora Nissim is an Avant Garde, Judaica artist whose work reflects the extraordinary journey that she embarked on in life.
This is certainly remarkable when you consider the circumstances of her religious upbringing and background in a strongly Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem, yet she has channelled these memories and experiences directly into her art.
Her work is a blend a blend of Judaica and contemporary Jewish art, which is an abstract expressionist in nature, reflecting her own beliefs surrounding the life and Judaism.
For Nissim, her religion is multifaceted, which can be seen in much of her work, mainly through the use of diverse colors and textures that represent the many different aspects of Judaism she has encounter in her life.
“My life has been so colorful, like my art. I had to have courage to go my own way and be an innovator. My art is really symbolic of that journey.
“I paint Judaica art, but not in the standard way that reflects Judaism of the past. I wanted to paint Judaism today and in the future. I don’t think about what I’m going to paint beforehand; there is no plan. I feel.”
Each piece is soaked in spiritually that takes the viewer on a journey not unlike Nissim herself experienced. She feeds us with what she has seen and experienced, some of which reflects a grounded reality while others feel more fantasy than anything.
Every painting is powerful, colorful, and full of life.
Through blots and distinct expressionist style, she draws Jewish motives, glorious figures of holiness along with the allies of Jerusalem. There are paintings whose subjects are taken from the Jewish experience and everyday life, with subjects that are abstract yet describe the atmosphere, color and motion.
From Jerusalem and the Western Wall to Hasidic weddings, each subject brought to life on the canvas in rich and colorful composition full of expression and intrigue.
Unsurprisingly, Nissim’s reputation as one of Israel’s finest artists continues to grow both home and abroad.
Having sold work in North America, Europe, and her native Israel, Nissim is a renowned international artist in every sense of the word, which is further evidenced by her run of successful exhibitions including the recent “Inspiration and Fantasy: Art Meets Soul” that was held at the distinguished Heichal Shlomo.
In fact, the response to the exhibition was so overwhelming positive during its initial run in November 2016 that is being extended beyond the intended date of closing, highlighting the growth and exposure that Nissim has earned through her incredible talent.
As if that wasn’t enough of an accolade for a growing name in the international art scene, Nissim has sold her work to highly prestigious organizations such as the Walldorf Astoria in Jerusalem. At only 38-years-old, there appears to be limitations for Nissim, which is only good news for the Israeli and international art community.
But how and when did this incredible story begin?
Ora Nissim was born in 1978 to an Orthodox family residing in the Mea She’arim neighborhood of Jerusalem. She comes from a humble background, being one of 12 siblings living in a modest one -and-a-half bedroom apartment alongside their parents.
Her parents knew nothing about art, with her father studying the Torah while her mother taught preschool – for them, the Torah was the only form of art worth mentioning. Yet this didn’t prevent Nissim from developing a love for the craft that would go on to shape her future and the success she would go on to achieve.

Nissim’s journey began at only seven-years-old.
She was suffering from illness, but her parents couldn’t find the time to take her to a doctor’s appointment, so instead the responsibility fell to her sister. While waiting to be seen by the doctor, her sister provided her with crayons to color with.
After being so impressed with what Nissim had created, her sister showed her first work of art to her parents. They were so impressed that they immediately signed her up for a drawing class that would help to shape and mould her artistic abilities.
Eventually her father made the decision to send her to art school, but her options were limited in her native Israel with no options for religious women. This led her to study art abroad, attending the Lebozar Art Academy in France where she would further hone her craft, slowly developing the abstract style that we see today.
As she wasn’t a native speaker of French or English, she would often fail to understand the teacher’s instructions, leading her to produce work that was unlike anything else in the class. This would help her find her own artistic place and voice.
Other life experiences would further shape Nissim, namely her decision to teach drawing to religious women in Mea She’arim. These women not only shared similar religious beliefs and upbringings, but also a feeling of constraining that was escaped art.
Today, Nissim continues to tell her story and the story through her work. Each painting is a living, breathing extension of the artist herself, and can be viewed in distinguishing galleries throughout the world.

Ora Nissim.com is home to fine art prints and original works from Nissim herself. You can view a wide collection of her work here, as well as make inquiries about purchasing original pieces and prints of her incredible catalogue of work.
Information regarding upcoming and past exhibitions can also be found here, and you can contact Nissim directly at [email protected]

Solo Exhibitions:

2016 – ”Inspiration and Imagination”, September 2016, Heichal Shlomo, Jerusalem.
2014 – Permanent art exhibition, at the Hotel Lobby and Presidential suites. Waldorf Astoria, Jerusalem,
2011 – “My Childhood” , Prima Royale Hotel, Jerusalem, Presidential Suites; permanent exhibition at the Emerald Sapphire Hall.
2011 – “Jerusalem Life and Landscape”, Jerusalem Municipality, Safra Square, at the Gallery; Curator Madeleine Vanunu and Hila
2010 – “Landscape and Longing”, Theater Center, Jerusalem. Curator Nurit Katzir

Special Projects and Group Exhibitions:

2016 – Bank Hapoalim Exhibition for Israel Aids Task Force; Curator Li-Mor Cohen, Tel Aviv, Israel, February 2016.
2015 – “Music” Art Exhibition at the Jerusalem Theatre; Curator Noga Arad-Ayalon, December 2015.
2015 – Bank Hapoalim Exhibition for Israel Aids Task Force; Curator Li-Mor Cohen, Tel Aviv, Israel, February 2015.
2014 – “About Art”, Munich, Germany; Curator Li-Mor Cohen, September 2014.
2014- “Bookface”, Jerusalem Theater; Curator Shiri Meir, October 2014.
2014 – Orr Shalom for children and youth at risk, Fundraising event, Trask, Tel Aviv Port, November 2014.
2014 – “Shades”, Jerusalem Municipality Safra Square, at the gallery, in cooperation with the Ultra-Orthodox Department, November 2014.
2014 – Bank Hapoalim Exhibition for Israel Aids Task Force; Curator Li-Mor Cohen, Tel Aviv, Israel, February 2014.
2014 – “Inspired by the Movies”, Jerusalem Cinematheque; Curator Shiri Meir, April 2014.
2013 – “Beauty Spots”, Gallery on the Lake, Ra’anana; Curator Roni Oz
2012 – “Naïve Light above Jerusalem”, Jerusalem Cinematheque; Curator Naomi Eshet Rosenzweig
2012 – “Touches of Color”, Jerusalem Municipality, Safra Square, in the gallery; Producer and Curator Ora Nissim, in cooperation with the Torah Culture Department
2012 – “The Power of Color”, Beit Hapraklit, Museum Tower, Tel Aviv; Curator Bilha Zeichik Shomar
2012 – Book Launch for “The Art of Art & Design”, Tel Aviv Journalists Association; Producer Naomi Oz Bercovitz and Roni Oz
2012- “Jerusalem Mix”, Gallery Minus Three, 65 Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv; Curator Rally Vasser
2012 – “In the Eyes of the Beholder”, Gallery on the Lake, Ra’anana; Curator Roni Oz
2012 – “Glorifying the House”, The Gallery for Architecture, Tel Aviv Port; Curator Rally Vasser
2011 – “Children are Joy” Larger than Life NGO, Special exhibition.
2011 – “Femininity”, Gallery Minus Three, 65 Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv; Curator Roni Oz and Rally Vasser
2011 – “Light of the Seven Days” Art Gallery
2010 – “Flowers and Orchids” , Maale Hachamisha Hotel, Safed, Israel; Curator Rally Vasser

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