Zivi Aviraz was born and raised in Israel. She arrived in the United States when she was sent as a temporary emissary to the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh. What was intended to be a three-year commitment was extended for a lifetime when she met her husband, and subsequently settled and raised a family here. Throughout this time Aviraz has worked to develop her skills as an artist, studying under the tutelage of her teachers and experimenting with mixed media, including watercolors, pastel, and acrylic. Her artwork displays her willingness to explore new media, subjects, and techniques; she uses found and recycled materials to create her work, which often depicts figures, flowers, cityscapes and abstractions. The artist has shown her paintings in galleries, offices, and schools throughout Pittsburgh, New York City, and South Florida, and has participated in both group and solo shows. Currently, Aviraz is an active member of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists (PSA) and of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP). The award-winning artist sells her artwork at Agora Gallery NY, East Side Gallery, the AAP Store and Gallery, and through her website, www.ziviart.com.
Artist Statement:Over the years, I have been taught by many different teachers and have learned valuable lessons from each of them. To become an artist takes the same dedication as becoming a master of any craft, and for the past two decades I have devoted much of my time to exploring and developing my work in new ways. Today, I use mixed media and found objects in unexpected ways to create layers and texture in my work. My art includes a variety of subject matter, from flowers to faces, to cityscapes and abstracts. I hope to continue to enjoy the process of experimentation and creation as I integrate new materials, media, and subject matter into my future work.