Naomi was born in Bulgaria and was raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Educated in a British school, she later studied interior architecture at the Italian Institute of Arts & Architecture.
In 1970, Naomi moved to New York, NY where she lived for the next seven years. She worked at the United Nations until 1973. Thereafter, she was admitted at the famous Wildenstein Art Gallery, with an additional year at Sotheby’s Parke Bernet.
She married in 1977 and lived in Argentina. She gave birth to her son, David, in Brazil. After a painful divorce, she and her son established themselves in Israel where she worked in the international department of a large bank for fourteen years.
In 1998, with the loss of her mother, she started a painting therapy course, which gave way to her artistic talents, which she continued to develop. The result is that she became a self-taught, sophisticated artist. Searching for challenges, she moved to Florence, Italy in 2000 for a period of 7 months.
Her international journeys led her also to visit India, among other countries in Europe, such as France, Spain, and others.
Today, she keeps painting diligently on her own, receiving guidance from a few well-known artists. She counted as a dear friend, the late, famous painter, Salvador Dali (with whom she is pictured).
ARTIST’S STATEMENT: This Versus That
I believe that in essence everything on this planet is connected. Links! Be it versus animate/inanimate, touchable/untouchable, visible/invisible, finite to infinite...Thus figurative versus abstract.
The ‘art’ of the artist is his consciousness developed slowly and painstakingly with many mistakes en route. I embrace the thought that the famous painter, Robert Motherwell, when after he came in touch with a great moral issue that would drive his work for years, he expressed that it was the realization “that the world could, after all, regress.”
When I was 5 and 6 years old, my parents were stunned with my artistic talents in copying the masters such as Lautrec, Degas, Boucher and Fragonard.
Many years later, the first vehicle I used creatively was the camera to photograph people and the expressions and interiors of my daily surroundings, thus conveying my interpretation to the canvas.
In 2008, the ‘calling’ for abstract expression was strong. I had to struggle with the question of whether it was sporadic or planned due to prompting from within.
Having the knowledge of the old and contemporary masters, experiencing rich moments with Dali and his entourage and acquiring a taste for Rothko, Motherwell, Franz Kline, to name a few, I do not allow myself to be influenced directly by any artist…I need the freedom to be!