Dina Recanati, Trees
Dina Recanati is an interdisciplinary artist whose images emerge from experience and memory; both personal and collective as an homage to ancient cultures, earth, and time. Her art is often a combination of painting and sculpture, and her issues with the work are not solely formal struggles, but always based on metaphor.
She uses enamel on aluminum to create these large, paper-like "tree" sculptures that tower over the viewer by several feet. For this series of work, she chooses simple, stand-out colors such as red, blue, black and white to create a contrast with the outdoor environment in which these sculptures exist. The paper leaves of the trees bend and fold outward, seemingly weightless or perhaps touched by a gentle breeze. There is an inherent movement in these structures, as they seem to sit directly on the ground, fall outward, and reach up.
Dina Recanati was born in 1928 in Egypt, studied History and Art in London from 1946 - 1948, and then moved to New York in 1948. She attended the Art Students League from 1959 - 1962, and studied with Jose de Creft and John Hovannes. She has gone on to exhibit her sculptures worldwide, with permanent works in the Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum, Ben Gurion Airport, The Jewish Museum (New York) among others. She is the recipient of several awards and is represented by Flomenhaft Gallery in NYC