Excerpts from the article by Ilana Teicher, Curator of the Exhibition, on August 1999
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
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
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