Ilana was born in Jerusalem in 1973 during the Yom Kippur war. She grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark and is now based in London.
Prior to becoming a full time artist she worked in high level Embassy jobs.
Ilana calls her paintings "enlightened expressionism" and is strongly influenced by the mix of her political education and art school studies as well as the cultural differences of the places she has lived: The light and coolness of Scandinavia in her prints and in her paintings, the colours, the tensions, the sadness but also the warmth and the Kabbalistic influence, that is the complex reality of the Middle East.
"Every artwork is made to give a piece of me to somebody else, to place a light in their life as a reminder of who they really are. Deep inside we all know that we are eternal, we just need to be reminded. Every day really. That is what art can do. To be this bridge between the physical and spiritual."
Ilana works mainly with oil, acrylics and charcoal, on multiple surfaces.
Her favourite surface is wood. The lines in the wood become the shapes and the texture in the paint the form. To her art is by nature already vested in every material and all she has to do, is to enhance it, to breathe life into it.
Even the iPad - the tool for the prints - comes to life. It tranforms into a virtual canvas, with millions of colours and endless possibilities.
Group Exhibition Raanana, Feb 2014
Group Exhibition, Tel Aviv University, Green Gallery May 2014
Gallery in the Park, July 2014
The Aleph Initiative, Aleph art sale for charity, Herzliya, 2015
Herzliya City Gallery, Group Exhibition, March 2015
Magen David, Portugal, June 2015
Traveling group exhibition in Europe, 2016
2016 Charity Auction for Duchenne,London
2017 London, Lyttleton Cafe, Alephs on display
2017 London, HGS ART, 1,2 April
Ilana donates art to charity auctions and a part of all sales go to selected charities. Do you have a good cause? Please do not hesitate to enquire.