Vered Gersztenkorn

With no formal training in art, Vered is a self- taught artist.
She has painted ever since childhood. As a teenager, she observed works by painters she loved- Modigliani, Matisse,
Picasso, Toulouse de Lautrec and more… finding herself actually copying some of their works, and by
doing so, teaching herself how to paint. Whenever she had the chance to paint a live model, she would do so.
When she moved to Tel Aviv, she was  exposed to the local art scene, although she remained an
"outsider".
Traveling to Tahiti (French Polynesia) in 1990 greatly affected her art. She was immediately absorbed in the
beauty of the place and people. Her paintings looked like a colorful “fiesta”, influenced by the colorful
surroundings.
Coming back to Israel, she was introduced to a great Israeli abstract painter, Lea Nikel (1918-2005), who
has had a major influence on her work (to this day), and for about 11 years she only painted abstract.
The change came when she discovered Jean Dubuffet's work and L'Art Brut, as well as outsider's art. Their
language spoke to her She was stimulated by their unspoiled, direct, childlike, yet often sophisticated
works. It led her to introduce characters, animals and still life, into her abstract work, while sometimes
separating the abstract from the figurative.

She tends to be guided by "fortuitous happenstance", following her intuition and imagination, never
knowing in advance what she is going to paint. In this way, She create an “adventure” for herself that always
seems new and challenging. Her inspirations come from anything that captures her eye… a peeling wall,
old stuff, children's paintings, works of other artists…my studio…
In abstract as well as figurative, She explore her inner world in relation to the surroundings.
remaining on the edge of "getting lost", regaining control of, and coherence in her work, is where she finds
balance, through an intuitive navigation.
Her work has been presented in solo and group shows in many galleries, as well as added to the
collections of galleries and private collectors, in Israel, Europe and the USA.