“I believe Art to be a tool to bring people together , to bring happiness and joy .
For myself it is part of my life , a must , just as eating and drinking .
Through art I can express my feelings , moods and hopes for a better world . I work from my fantasy with an idea in my head which comes from an association or a dream.”
Michal Ashkenasi was born in the Netherlands. She emigrated to Israel in 1951 and settled in kibutz Gvar-Am , where she married and lived for 17 years. After leaving the kibutz , the family moved to an agriculture school in the vicinity of Haifa .
In 1980 she began painting and a year later went to the Haifa University to study art. With the end of her study , she became a member of the Horev Studio in Haifa , where she worked with the late G. Davidovitz for 2 years and , after his death , with the known Israeli artist , Jacob Zim , for several years.
From 1990-1996 she had her own studio and gallery in Sefad and was a member of the Artist Colony there. Nowadays she lives and works at her home in Kfar-Saba .
She is a member of the Israeli Association of Painters and Sculptors from 1987. She is also a member of the " Point of View " Group in Kfar – Saba , which is a group of 12 artists with the goal of working around an idea and exhibiting together. With this group she did 4 exhibitions , one of it called : "Shadows" , was exhibited in Wiesbaden , Germany. She is a member of the I.C.U. international organization .
Ashkenasi's work is purchased all over the world and can be found in collections in Israel , the USA , England, The Netherlands , Germany , Romania , France and Italy .
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2007-The "Anthony Van Deyck 2007 Award " , Lecce , Italy .
2006- She was appointed as Honorable Professor , Associate Academician at the Academia del la Arte "Greci-Marino " del Verbano, Italy.
2003- The Bronze Medal at the "Salon des Artistes Francais " , Paris , France
2004- The Big Gold Medal at the" La Monde des Cultures et des Arts" Festival Cannes , France.
2019 - Hon. Magister Artium at the Accademia Italia In Arte Nel Mondo , Lecce , Italy .
2020 - WOA Award -Diploma_Artist of the Year 2020
One man shows:
1987- Beth Halochem , Haifa.Paintings
1988- Mofet Gallery , Jerusalem. Paintings
1990- Zeist , Holland. Paintings
1990-1996 Her own studio and exhibition/gallery in Sefad , Israel
1996-1998 Studio and exhibition/gallery in Ben-Shemen , Israel
1999- Beth Asia , Tel-Aviv. Paintings
2000- Gallery Danon , Tel-Aviv Paintings
2001- Galeria de Art Zero , Barcelona , Spain . Paintings
2002- Elah House , Tel-Aviv Paintings
2003- Gallery Ophir , Tel-Aviv Paintings
2004- Gallery Picasso , Castra , Haifa . Paintings
2005- Gallery Alternative , Tel-Aviv. Paintings
2006 – Gallery Krieger , Center of Arts , Haifa . Paintings
2006 – Gallery "Studio Oman " , Hadera . Paintings
2007 – Museum Hanita , Hanita Paintings
2008/9- Museum Hanita , Hanita ; Photography
2009- Gallery "Studio Oman " , Hadera ; Photography
2009 – Migdalei Yam-Hatichon , Kfar-Saba ; Photography
2010 – The Artist House , Haifa ; Photography
2010 – Gallery 'Art Mabat' ', Kfar Saba . Paintings
2011 – Museum "Studio Oman" Hadera , Retrospective . Paint & Photography
2012 – Gallery 'Art Mabat" , Kfar Saba . Paintings
2013 – Gallery "Beth Sapir " , Kfar Saba , Photography
2014- Museum ‘HaChan ‘ , Ashkelon , Photography.
2015 –The Artist House , Haifa , Paintings .
Since 1987 she participated in more than 40 Group exhibitions in Israel as well in Europe .