About the artist - biography in a nut shell

A chinese lion statue

  • Liana Saxone was born in Romania in 1940.
  • Studied art since the age of 8 with Riza Propst-Kreid, in Bucharest.
  • Joined the class of the famous Romanian artist Rudolph Schweitzer-Cumpana at the age of 19.
  • Received first prize in Romanian folklore and decorative art competition (1960).
  • Immigrated to Israel in 1964.
  • Advanced studies at the "Avni" art school in Tel-Aviv (1966).
  • Married in 1973 to engineer Mirel Horodi (Horodniceanu) and moved to Haifa.
  • Participated at the painting work-shop of Yehuda Yatziv in Haifa (1990-1995).
  • Member of the Israel Association of Painters and Sculptors, since 1992.
  • Cultural Found "Sara and Haim Ianculovici" Award for the year 2001.
  • Creation Found "Nicu Palty" Award for the year 2003.
  • "Herman Struck" Prize of Haifa Municipality for the year 2004.

Current Exhibition

A new solo exhibition of the artist, on the occasion of her 75 years birthday, will be opened on Saturday, the 5th of September, at the Artist's House "Chagall" in Haifa, 24th Hatzionut Ave, at 11:00.

The Exhibition will include oil paintings presenting nature and urban landscapes, trees, portraits, and still nature.

The Exhibition will be closed on September 29th.

For more information about the exhibition, please press here

"A Walk in Wadi Nisnas"

Excerpts from the article by Yehuda Yatsiv, Curator of the Exhibition, on November 1995
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The works are based on a real documentation of the landscapes of the old stone houses from the arab neighborhood of Wadi Nisnas.

Liana is returning on the site obstinately, and in her distinct way she paints the old buildings that seems to fall, giving them a new life.

Far away from the new artistic ways and from the artistic disputes, Liana makes the things on the way she believes, with virtuosity,without taking into account passing artistic modes.

You can see here a serious work of a talented painter. It is a painting that you can enjoy, at the level of your eyes.

The experience that drives Liana's creation passes without doubt to the viewer and this represent her real success.

"So Far - 40 Years of Creation"

Excerpts from the article by Ilana Teicher, Curator of the Exhibition, on August 1999
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Liana was considered from her childhood as a promising talent in painting. A testimony of this is the portraits drawn with sensibility and casuistry, proving the empathic involvement of the young artist.

By the recommendation of the important critic of art Ionel Jianou, she was received in the private class of the famous Romanian painter Rudolph Schweitzer- Cumpana. The influences of this important artist are very clear inscribed in the personality of Liana.

In parallel with her participation in the "high" occidental cultivate art, Liana worked also in a studio of popular art, where she became a specialist in pyro-engraving of wood. She included her expertise and love for the wood in her creation with Judaic subjects and in the last time by a wonderful synthesis between the massive engraved frame of wood and the painting.

In 1966 she began her studies in Israel at the "Avni" art school, in the class of Mocadi. It is clear that in some of her works are assimilated abstract trends that can be attributed to Mocadi's influence or to the general trend toward abstract that dominated the time.

These modernist aspects can be seen clearly in some landscapes and still lives. Dolls, that Liana loves, of which she has an impressive collection, appear again and again in her still lives.

Liana developed an individual mode of expression, from some levels of abstract toward an exclusive realism, based on her experience and personality.

In 1995 she created a series of works inspirited from Wadi Nisnas, the old neighborhood, of Haifa, with her old houses, that impressed the painter by their romantism and nostalgy.

The subject of the old-age returns and employs the painter and appears directly in portraits and indirectly in paintings representing houses and trees.

Warmth, innocence, acceptance and love for the existence - plants, objects and humans - associated with a curious and sensible eye, a complex personality and a great talent are the characteristics of the works of Liana Saxone-Horodi.

"The Joy of Colors"

Excerpts from the article by Miri Krimolovski, Curator of the Exhibition, on March 2007
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40 years had passed from the first one-man show of the artist Liana Saxone-Horodi in Israel, at the Press-House "Sokolov" in Tel-Aviv.

In the present exhibition, after forty-eight years of creation, it is clear that Liana is living and breathing art with all her soul.

The present exhibition shows to the observer three main subjects in Liana's creation: the series of landscapes (this time, mostly Israeli landscapes), the series of judaics (a subject that she returned to last year), and the series dedicated to women (an actual subject these days, when Woman International Day is being celebrated)...

Looking at the complex of Liana's work, presented in this exhibition, the influence of the well-known artist Marcel Janco, especially in his figurative painting period, is aparent. Similar to Janco's works, the contours are firm, dominant, and strong. A black line limits strong figures, constructs and defines volumes, like in the creations of Paul Cezanne. It is clear that Liana's works are very sculptural and the way the figures are defined is dominant, but, in the same time, the emotional element is very important and many works look as poetry...

Anniversary album
"50 years of creation"

Random foliage

To view the digital version of the album please click here.

Some Quotations from the Press

The painter Liana Saxone-Horodi expresses in her figurative works strong feelings that transfer her paintings from the realistic range to an outstanding expressionism

Posted by Hagit Tal in "H'ahaym h'atovim" (hebrew), May, 2013

What makes distinguished the author of the paintings is the warm palette, juicy, voluptous, sometimes with grave tonalities but always victorious and optimistic in the end (...) The landscapes from the nature or from the urban world, the works on musical themes, the portraits, the still natures with artisanal objects, expresses in essence a strong temperament (cautious or impulsive), ready to finally overcome the difficulties, the sadness or the desorientation moments, characteristics to any creation

Posted by Dr. Dorel Schor in "Expres Magazin" (romanian), April 8, 2013

In her painting Liana Saxone-Horodi is putting a big internal energy, a joy of expression that influences our way to see the art; in a time when the majority of the modern artists presents a world in crisis, that is crumbling, not equilibrated, in the stage of bankruptcy, Liana Saxone-Horodi comes with a variety of sentimental and romantic colors, the colors of the jubilation that is still not altered by the mannerism promoted by modes or advertising.

Posted by Mirel Brates in Orient Expres, September 11, 2000

Achieving a full maturity, the association of the Rumanian landscape with the Israeli reality in the painting of Liana Saxone creates an art of real emotionality and personality that conquest the public.

Posted by Emil Wittner in Tribuna Magazin, September 6, 2000