Claudia-Chava was born in Czernowitz-Bukowina, a state within the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which is now part of the Ukraine. She arrived in Tel Aviv in 1944 ready for grade one. She completed two years at The High School of Law and Economics, the precursor for Tel Aviv University. On August 1966 she and family arrived in Toronto.
- Artist's Bio
Art, in one form or another, has been a constant throughout my life.
My paintings and collages are an expression of my observation, reactions and impressions of nature. In the abstract naturalism of my work I try to interpret visually as to how nature is inspiring and fascinating. I enjoy exploring and working with different mediums of artistic explorations. For several years now, I have settled on collage as my primary focus. I find that collage offers exciting visual effects and enormous expressive potential.
I am a York University graduate, and have completed courses and attended numerous workshops through the Ontario College of Art and Design, and at the Halliburton School of Fine Arts.
Over the years I participated in numerous shows. Among them: Toronto Watercolour Society; The Willowdale Group of Artists; Praxis Gallery ,and at the Society of Canadian Artists. Internationally, I have participated, in the Tribute Exhibit at the site of the Jewish Refugee Memorial Hall of Shanghai, China.
The opportunity to travel and paint in the Canadian Arctic, to follow in the footsteps of Lawren Harries and Doris McCarthy, presented itself when Adventure Canada offered an artists only trip called Sketching South Baffin. It included Pangnirtung and other stops in the many visually dramatic settings. The Arctic’s mysterious quality of light lends itself to unexpected colours of land, sea and sky. Some of my collages which have been motivated by this trip, have been exhibited at the Varley Art Gallery, and featured in their “Artists’ Odysseys,The Arctic” catalog.