Nirit Levav is a multidisciplinary artist; a sculptor, a fashion-designer, a jewelry-maker, and a potter.
She was born in 1963 in Tel Aviv, and raised in an artistic home. From her mother, an arts and crafts teacher, she inherited the love for reused materials. Her father, a well-known Israeli set-designer, taught her how to weld, and allowed her to experiment with recycled materials in his workshop.
Her career began in 1988, shortly after graduating the Parsons School of Design in New York. Upon returning to Israel, she started designing wedding and evening gowns and opened a small shop in Tel Aviv. Her designs - simple, elegant and clean-cut - were well-received by the Israeli bride. In Tel Aviv of those days, it was hard to find a dress that wasn't full of fluff and sparkle, and Levav's dresses came as breath of fresh air to those seeking something a little different. The success of the Tel Aviv shop led to the opening of additional stores and by 1995 Levav owned and managed the a chain of bridal salons throughout the country.
Levav ran her flourishing business for 10 years before deciding it was time to move on. She was eager to return to her artistic roots and eventually she decided to close the stores and dedicate herself to art. She spent the next decade working with new materials, developing skills in jewelry-making, pottery, sculpture in ceramics and metal.
Levav's career took another surprising turn when, during a random visit to the bike shop with her son, she became fascinated with bike parts. She started spending her days collecting junk - chains, gear parts, pedals and bells - and evenings at her studio using her loot to create the series she later called “Unchained”.
Nirit Levav's work carries her special style. Her work is big and bold, and her choice of materials is all but conventional. There is masculinity in her technique and tenderness in her expression.
Her works were exhibited both in Israel and abroad and are included in private art collections
Levav works in Herzelia, Israel, where she lives with her husband and four sons. Read More