Welcoming, open, considerate, generous, honest and forthright: all are qualities that describe the late Jerusalem artist Ziva Sivan. In her almost exclusive embrace of the human form as her subject matter.
Born in 1936 in Jerusalem, where she lived her entire life, Ziva Sivan is of the generation that experienced the political and cultural birth and development of Israel.
Originating in the nineteenth century, Art for Art’s Sake is the historic and critical concept that privileges the autonomous qualities of art, viewing its didactic, moral or functional purposes as irrelevant.
Ziva Sivan never left home, at least not in her paintings. Uncharacteristic efforts at painting landscape exposed her to battles with winds and with changing light, that did not suit her character.