Vered Gersztenkorn was born in Israel in 1964 and is a self-thought professional artist.
Color - Childhood - Humor - Criticism - Happiness - Noise - Sarcasm - Fantasy
These are words that spring to mind while looking at the art of Vered Gersztenkorn. The abundance of associations suggests a complexity that is not immediately revealed. The first impression the spectator will get from her work is of a colorful fiesta. A second look reveals the rich imaginary images embedded in the colorful surroundings. At this point, the spectator might mistake the works as being naive, but the worlds that Vered Gersztenkorn portrays are not at all naive.
Her artistic language does not hide its sources – Jean Dubuffet, The CoBra group, Jean Michel Basquiat and Art brut. These artists share a motivation to create as a social protest. Their art acts as a mirror – critically reflecting the society in which they create. The language they chose to use is unspoiled, closest to truth, as in children's' art. Some tend to think that painting in a childish manner is an easy thing to do but it is not so. The more you learn, the more difficult it is to return to the freshness look of a child.
From this respect, maybe the fact that Vered Gersztenkorn is a self thought artist helps her maintain this freshness and freedom of expression, but, nevertheless, she looks at life with sarcastic criticism and still leaves a smile on our face.
Vereds work is curious, humorous and engages distorted humans, animals and still items, that only seem to be naïve and childish, while a clear mature sense of ability and expression is obvious there, of an Artist who skillfully knows how to get the best out of her brush. She combines painting, mix media collages, abstract and figurative.
Her work is an extension of self in a way that expresses a fullness of being sometimes awful and surprising to that very self, is beyond her control or direction and she neither wishes to direct or control it. There is not a meanness of spirit to her process; she is as surprised or stranded in this landscape as any viewer or fellow traveler, which may be the point.
"I approach my work spontaneously, without knowing what I'm going to paint, according to how I feel at the moment, so it's always a new adventure in form and color, ranging from Abstract to figurative. I enjoy being on the edge of "getting lost" and having control on my work; this is the place where I find most of my inspiration.
Her work has been collected and represented in many galleries, groups and selected exhibitions in Israel, Europe and USA.