Hvatskin Bella

Born 1978

Born and raised in Moscow, Bella immigrated to Israel in 1997. A painter, writer, decorator and costume designer, she teaches, paints and lives with her family on a kibbutz in the north of Israel.

Like many immigrants, Bella is in constant search for her place (some physical space), home or land to which she belongs, as she herself writes:

“I hoped that after 22 years in Israel, I would feel less detached, more attached, but reality proves otherwise, I am still an immigrant seeking her identity, and the place I belong to exists only in my paintings. In the past year I’ve been working on a series of paintings called ‘Place’. I build my new art on the foundations of my past, leaving behind the rigid Russian education, abandoning the years of painting studies in Soviet Moscow. Today I do not want to think about what is allowed and what is not allowed in the old art world. I mix the paint bravely, tearing and cutting paper illustrations of classic paintings to re-paste the pieces. Humor has a pivotal role in my art, I laugh at the absurd laws of society and about the self-importance humans have, and especially about myself.”