Miriam Cabessa

Miriam Cabessa was born in Casablanca, Morocco and raised in Israel. She has lived and worked in New York City since 2000. She has shown in Israel, Europe, and the United States.

Some of her selected shows include: Representing Israel in the Venice Biennale, 1997, Venice, Italy; Winning the Nathan Gottesdiener Prize of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, as well as having a one-person show at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 1995; Showings at galleries in Chelsea, including Stefan Stux, Valerie McKenzie, Jeffrey Coploff, Moti Hasson, Vered Gallery of East Hampton, and Slate Gallery of Brooklyn.

Miriam Cabessa uses the movement of her body, her hands, pieces of fabric, and the rhythm of her breathing to create the work.

The surface of the painting becomes sensitive to her touch, which makes the relationship between the art and the artist very intimate; it becomes a feminine abstract. Cabessa’s paintings are stark, in-focus abstract explorations of her own isoelectric line and heartbeat, traces of movement that emerge from stillness.

Cabessa is currently involved with several projects based in New York City, the Hamptons, and Texas, as well as Milan, Italy and Tel Aviv, Israel. In January of 2007, Cabessa was featured in an Israeli documentary film called Dreamers, featuring nine Israelis living in the U.S.: artists, fashion designers, and movie producers among them. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Jerusalem Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Haifa Museum, as well as various private collections in Israel, Europe, and the U.S.