Naomi Fuks . Staring at yourself

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‘A silent wish’ Mixed media on canvas

 

Is a creative contemporary artist applying her unique mixed media techniques over the canvas, combined with acrylics and chalk drawings, making each piece of art an exclusive one of its kind. 

Each painting is a story, a poem, a vision coming from the artist mind and soul, presented with perfect composition. A mixed harmony of abstract and human figurative with a deep and colorful formation.

Naomi participated in numerous exhibitions in Israel and abroad, mainly in Europe. Her paintings bring a broad spectrum of colors and insights with layers upon layers of transparent and gentle hallucinations, with lights and shades taking the viewer into an everlasting dream.

She’s also a famous graphic designer and her works are represented in Israel and Europe. She works in Israel in her private studio for art and design.  

 

Describe your path to becoming an illustrator. 

My first steps as an illustrator were after I graduated from Vital Institute of Design in Tel Aviv. I worked for about three years at a famous advertising agency and illustrated storyboards there. 

Then I decided to become independent and to open my own private studio for painting, design, and illustration. I began to illustrate children’s books and worked with many publishers. It is a really great feeling to get into the writer’s head and to invent new characters and visions to make the written words come to life. 

I also worked with a famous company for paper design and illustrated many greeting cards and diaries that were published in Israel and Europe.

  

Where did you grow up? 

I was born and raised in Israel, in a city called Holon. It is a very nice city near Tel Aviv, in the center of the country. 

 

Staring at yourself’ Mixed media on canvas

 

Can you talk a little about your formative years as an artist? 

I began painting at the age of three. It is a natural talent, which I probably was born with. The ability to créate art and see things differently than others had always been there. 

At the Vital Institute of Design, I used oil paints and drew with colored pencils. I used to draw a lot of human models, and it always fascinated me to draw human bodies and discover their curves. 

In 2010, I started to paint mixed media paintings. For me, it’s a unique way of making art and combining art media. In that process, I draw an idea or image, scan it to my computer, and then work on it with Photoshop. Then, I print it on canvas and paint on it with acrylic paints that make each piece a unique work of art. 

I have many mixed media artworks, and made a lot of art shows through the past years in Israel and abroad (mostly in Italy). I really want my art to touch people’s souls, and for them to be moved by it.

 

Was creativity a part of your childhood? 

I was born into a family that always adored art. My father, who passed away two months ago, was a writer and wrote a book about his childhood memories of the Holocaust. I’m also a writer, and pen poems and short stories. 

My two aunts are painters, and two of my cousins are designers. I believe that part of my creativity came from living in an art-minded home, but still, think that most of it are my natural-born talent. 

 

‘Rainbow tears’ (Frida Kahlo) Mixed media on canvas

 

You said you grew up in Israel. What was the culture like there? 

The culture in Israel is a very unique and mixed one. It’s like a mixture of colors, tastes and smells -- a mixture of people that came from different nations and areas grew up together and created this unique and colorful culture. 

Because we live in the Middle East, we are influenced by the special area. Israel is a very modern society that is open to modern art. Art is very important to our society and culture.

 

Did you have any mentors along the way? 

Yes. Along with my way, as an artist, I had a lot of mentors who influenced my art and my artistic sensibilities. From Leonardo da Vinci, who was the greatest, Michelangelo, to Picasso, Dali, and Van Gogh. Gustav Klimt was my favorite mentor of all time. 

All of them are brilliant artists who influenced the way we look at art today.

 

‘Blood connection’ Mixed media on canvas

 

 

Are your family and friends supportive of what you do? 

My family and friends were always very supportive of my art and my creativity. They have always been my biggest fans and believed in my art and talent, and for this, I’m always very thankful.

 

Are you creatively satisfied? 

I’m enjoying my creativity very much, and I celebrate it every day in my life. I can’t imagine any other way of living, because it is so inspiring, and makes my life colorful, special and never boring. I like when my muse is coming, and it’s coming often... I love to express my creativity in my art.

 

‘Colorful visions’ Mixed media on canvas

 

What advice would you give to a person starting out? 

The advice that I would give to a person who is starting out is that he or she should always believe in themselves, and in their creativity and art, no matter what. To fly with their imagination, and never give up on their dreams because the sky is the limit.

 

How does where you live to impact your creativity? 

I think that because I live in Israel, and in the Middle East, there are some ethnic influences on my art. I use a lot of ethnic backgrounds, colors, and symbols to create a unique touch in some of my artworks.   

 

‘Soft Wind’ Mixed media on canvas

 

What does a typical day look like for you? 

A typical day for me is always a day of new creations and new ideas. I always start my day with a good cup of coffee and new creative ideas for artworks. From the moment I see a vision in my mind, I start to think about how to make it real on my canvas. 

My inspiration is unlimited, and it comes from all kinds of visual elements that I see and moves me. It can be a great film, music, photos or just anything. 

The muse is always there...never resting.

 

What is your favorite genre of music to listen to while painting? 

While I’m painting, I always listen to my favorite music. Music is an important part of me, and I can’t see myself creating art without it. I love to listen to my favorite Israeli singers, and there are many of them whose music I adore. 

I also love to listen to David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Queen, and many many others. I also love ethnic world music, which inspires me as well.

 

‘Ethnic Touch’ Mixed media on canvas

 

Do you have a favorite book? 

I used to read a lot of books when I was younger, but now I really don’t have much time for reading. I always loved to read about the history of art, and about the lives of the famous artists.

 

Who is your role model? 

My role model is the famous artist Gustav Klimt. His artwork has always fascinated me -- his use of colors, his amazing composition, and the expression of his characters. Their bodies and faces and the use of gold in his art were, and still is, an endless source of inspiration for me.

 

What is the best piece of advice you have received? 

To “never give up on your dreams.” Because when you stop dreaming, you are not capable of creating any more. So, I’ll never stop dreaming.

 

Is there anything you want to do in the next 5 years? 

I want to continue to do my art and to become an internationally famous artist. I want to have art shows in many places like New York City and Europe. 

My dream is to reach the souls of many people who are touched by my art and are inspired by it.

 

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