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Zoya Charkassky-Nnadi

Born: 1976, Kiev, USSR

Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi lives and works in Tel Aviv. She is interested in people and her choice of what to present by deceptively simple means is almost symbolic and conveys subtle criticism and a wicked sense of humor. Her social commentary has been compared to Italian Neo-Realism. She is a co-founder of the “New Barbizon” school. A group of former USSR artists who have left the studio and in the Barbizon tradition depict life by direct encounter. These artists work in the Nave Shaanan and Old Central Bus Station neighborhoods of Tel Aviv, which is the heart of the city's “Little Africa.” These artists have experienced emigration, identity crises and alienation. Zoya also works in the Levinsky Park area. Her works also depict scenes from her past in the Soviet Union at the time of its collapse. Zoya paints what she observes but with a critical eye, humor and compassion, she transforms the local into the universal.

A Toast / Acrylic on cardboard, 2016