Art that talks

For artists Ronit Yanizki and Joel Yasur, creating is a means of finding their voice.

November 22, 2012 11:27

Art that talks. (photo credit: carl hoffman)


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Ronit Yanizki was born 54 years ago on Kibbutz Gan Shmuel, grew up as a self-confessed “tomboy,” became an athlete, and played professional basketball on the national women’s team and in the Premiere League for 20 years before becoming a successful producer of Israeli rock concerts. Then, in 2003, during a two-year sojourn in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she heard the call of a still, small voice deep within her psyche and became an artist. She has since had 11 critically acclaimed solo exhibitions.

Joel Yasur, too, was born 54 years ago, to a stringently religious family in Tel Aviv. She lived in the city’s Neveh Tzedek neighborhood until the age of nine, followed by another nine years in the southern neighborhood of Kiryat Shalom. She also sojourned in the United States for a while, receiving a PhD in holistic psychology from UCLA, then returned to Israel and directed a home for the aged for 12 years. She began painting in elementary school, and later turned to art for emotional release.


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