Valeria Ganzman is an artist who currently lives and works in Haifa, Israel.
In her work she focuses mainly on figurative painting and botanical illustration.
Valeria’s work was featured in “women and old age”, a book by the art historian, curator and academic Tal Dekel.
Valeria Ganzman was born in 1990 in Babruysk, Belarus. In the year of 1996 she immigrated to Israel with her family and lived there ever since.
During the years of 2013-2016 Valeria studied at the WIZO Haifa Academy of Design and Education in the photography and new media department. During this time she mainly photographed herself and her grandmother, exploring their bodies. The woman's body, femininity and sexuality occupied her a lot and she tried to document it in its true form - bare and vulnerable.
Today Valeria deals with the female body from various perspectives; the wear & tear and its sickness as well as sexuality, mortality and self-exploration.
In 2017 I got diagnosed with breast cancer. I was soon connected to an infusion and the treatments began, my body weakened and began slowly to collapse from the poison. My hair fell out and I became bald. Despite the immense fear I was in, the disease aroused my curiosity: there is something very beautiful and intriguing in sickness. The loss of my hair and the thought that I might lose my breast, made me wonder what femininity means.
After I recovered, I realized that engaging in the body brings back a lot of difficult memories, so I was drawn to botanical painting. My grandmother brought me some plants for my porch at the time of the illness and I would sit there, watching and researching them. I was too weak to draw them but I imagined what I could create with their inspiration once I recovered. Since my love for botanical painting has only grown.
I'm engaged in painting that stems from a constant search. I create many series of paintings of myself and especially of my body. This endless invasive documentation allows me to evaluate the body in a way that is foreign to me and even serves as therapy — to accept and eventually overcome the betrayal, as it sometimes feels, of my body.
I feel that my work is not a monolog to the world, instead it’s a dialog with myself. I explore the body, because it’s my way to cope with my own past trauma and present fear. By talking about it, I’m taking its power away. It becomes such a mundane part of my life instead of this scary topic that no one wants to talk about. It’s not scary anymore.
2013-2016 - B.ED.F.A, WIZO Academy of Design and Education, Department of photography and new media, Haifa, Israel.
2021 - Collective Art Show, VAN GOGH Art Gallery, Madrid.
2021 - International Contemporary Art Fair Luxembourg, LUXEXPO - THE BOX, represented by Van Gogh Art Gallery.
2021 - “NOSTALGIA”, The Holy Art, London based gallery (virtual exhibition).
2021 - “GENESIS”, The Holy Art, London based gallery (virtual exhibition).
2016 - Graduate exhibition, WIZO Academy of Design and Education, Haifa, Israel. (Curators - Simcha Shirman, Ruven Kuperman and Amit Zoller).
2013 - “Light, Space and Time”, WIZO Academy of Design and Education, Haifa, Israel. (Curator - Kobi Goffer).
2021 - VAST Magazine, Interviews, Interview: Valeria Ganzman's Self Portrait, November 11.
2021 - VAST Magazine, Artist Profiles, Valeria Ganzman: Future Body, September 23.
2021 - VAST Magazine, Issue n°03, Artists to Watch, Featuring Work & Practices From Around the World, P. 138-139.
2021 - Arte Realizzata magazine, “A Moving Conversation with Valeria Ganzman”, Written By Uzomah Ugwu.
2021 - Curated by GIRLS, Valeria Ganzman by Laetitia Duveau In Art.
2021 - The holy art gallery, The holy art tales, Artist in conversation: Valeria Ganzman (interview), Written By theholyart.
2020 - “Women and old age”, a book by Dr. Tal Dekel, The Open University of Israel Press.
2018 - “Portrait: Photography”, a book by Black Box Gallery.
2016 - Mako, Living Magazine.
2016 - Haaretz Magazine.