Nava Gidanian-Kagan is an Iranian-Israeli artist based in NYC. She received numerous awards including The Terra Foundation for American Art, The Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation, Eileen S.Kaminsky Foundation Award and featured in New American Painting Magazine. Nava exhibited both nationally and internationally including: The Jewish Museum of NJ, Burchfield Penney Art Museum, NY, The Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, NY, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, MA, Mana Contemporary, The Experimental Gallery, NY, Flux Factory, NY, A.I.R Gallery NY, Wilkinson Hall Gallery, NY, Indigo Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Marion Art Gallery, NY, Olean Public Library Gallery, Echo Art Fair, NY, Gallery 33, Tel-Aviv, Israel, ISA Gallery, Italy and Stern Gallery, Israel. She holds an MFA from the NY Academy of Art, The Jerusalem Studio School.
Nava’s praxis is an evolving process through which she probes themes of nonduality, impermanence, presence, alchemy, and immanence. Feet, hands, and backs as sensitive portals of energy in the body are recurring subjects in Nava’s paintings, as well as translucent skin that exposes the movement of the etheric and emotional realms within and beyond it. Informed by Buddhist, Christian, and Jewish concepts, she has created her own visual language for the tender intensity that emerges when the tactile and the spiritual coalesce.