Stern Gallery, Tel Aviv
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Berman Masha

1949-2013

Masha Berman died of cancer in 2013 at the premature age of 63. She clung to her paintbrush till the very end, as to a lifebelt. Beneath her expressive style underlies a deep knowledge of painting and art history, as can be expected of a graduate of the Soviet tradition of art studies. Masha went against all conventions: ignoring the rules of composition and color, never erasing, just adding more and more layers of paint that respond to a state of mind or soul. This way, her paintings expose her stormy character and extreme moods. She was also influenced by her father, a renowned artist in the Soviet Union, famous mainly for his work creating backdrops for the theater. Masha spent many hours in the theater, and it seems that the fantasy, the unreal world, and the dramatic atmosphere she experienced as a child left their mark on her art.