Liliyane Mendel Gallery Safed
|Tzfat artist with gallery in Artists Quarter.
Liliyane Mendel immigrated to Israel in 2011 from Capetown where she had studied, taught and created art. Her growing interest in Torah texts and Jewish traditions inspired her to open her gallery of spiritual art in Safed.
Liliyane Mendel was born in Southwest Africa, today the country of Namibia. Her family moved to South Africa when she was a child and Liliyane studied Art History and Fine Arts as graduate degrees at the University of Petoria and the University of South Africa. Liliyane worked as the director of a center for art and architecture in addition to teaching art.
Following the passing of her husband Liliyane began to study Judaism in depth and was quickly engrossed in the study of Torah and Talmud. She saw a profound depth in these studies which also included learning the meanings and “gematria” -- numerical meanings of Hebrew letters -- of Hebrew words, letters and texts. Over time, Liliyana began to include elements of her Jewish studies in her artwork, infusing the works with a spiritual essence.
Liliyane’s studies and entrance into the world of Jewishly-inspired artwork convinced her to move to Israel. She chose Tzfat because of its intimacy and the opportunities to develop spiritually and artistically. Her gallery exhibits her images which are related to Torah texts, Hebrew letters, Jewish rituals and traditions.
Liliyane draws her inspirations from the visual imagery that expresses Jewish spirituality. She strives to weave a matrix of soul, power, joy and insights throughout her paintings, drawings and sculptures. Her works include picturgraph murals which are formed by Hebrew letters of a root verb as the verb illustrates a text, Biblical scenes which are surrounded by Torah scripts, illustrations which surround Hebrew letters and interplays of Hebrew letters and words.
Liliyana works with a wide variety of materials and mediums. She produces drawings using pencils, charcoal and pastels. She paints with tempra, oil and watercolor paints. She also sculpts using clay.
Liliyana’s gallery is open to the public on Tet Vav Street in the Artists Quarter of Tzfat.