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Artists Among Us: Haim Mizrahi

Originally Posted: May 12, 2011

40 x 60 Acrylic on canvas. (All images courtesy of artist)

36 x 36 Acrylic on canvas.

East Hampton - Continuing with our artist profiles of artists both living and working in the Hamptons, our next artist is Haim Mizrahi, who lives in East Hampton.

Born in Jerusalem, Mizrahi attended school for physical rehabilitation. After having served in the Army, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1983, and has been a resident of East Hampton ever since. He explains that "Music, painting and poetry are my passions. I spent five years from 1989 through 1994, studying with artist Siv Cedering, and seven years, 2003 through 2010 with Alan Planz, who both were my poetry mentors. I also spent a year studying music and drums with Kenwood Denard." Mizrahi continues "As a self-taught artist, I appreciate the mentorship I received from both Steve Romm, and the late artist Michael Knigin.

Elaborating on his passion for art, Mizrahi reveals "I believe in devotion that is carried by images placed deep in our subconscious, in addition to 'helping reality carry the burden' of contemplations in the long process of creativity. I am aware of just about every ingredient that brings together this desire to live, and the willingnes to cope with the desire is the crown of my journey, in short, I am a technique related artist rather than a subject related artist, and that is to say: talent and inspiration are a given and therefore my complete effort lies within the process of accumulation and build-up of 'emotional layers.'"

40 x 30 Acrylic on canvas.

When did you start making art and what medium(s) do you consider to be your roots in art?

Haim Mizrahi: I started creating art in 1997, choosing, randomly, every aspect available to express my thoughts and ideas. What triggered me was the curiousity about blending and implementing experiences from all aspects of my life on to the surface-canvas.

What is it about the Hamptons that brought you here and enticed you to stay, work, and pursue your art here as opposed to some place else?

HM: I arrived in East Hampton as destiny determined my journey, I felt, immediately, that it matched the beauty and intensity of my place of birth, so I decided to stay and find out the nature of the magic that struck me.

How do you support yourself as an artist?

HM: I am a house-painter and a physical therapist.

Why live and work in the Hamptons as opposed to elsewhere?

36 x 24 Mixed Media.

HM: The way of life of the Indians, the magic of the air, the light and history, all of which are embeded in my work.

What local environmental or historical aspects of the Hamptons do you relate to that may be reflected in your medium?

HM: Well, living in East Hampton was not planned or intended, but since I have arrived I knew it is a place where I could find my calling.

What artists do you feel have influenced you and your work?

HM: Bob Vladimir Yourochkin, a Russian artist and musician, who lives in Jerusalem has had a tremendous influence on me and my work.

What advice would you give an emerging artist?

HM: The advise I would give an emerging artist is - do not listen to people's advice unless there is love, appreciation and respect involved.

What gives you an edge (if any)?

HM: Projects give me an edge, especialy when it is something I may not know a great deal about. I can accomplish just about anything when it comes to projects and deadlines.

36 x 36 Acrylic on canvas.

What are you working on now, and are you involved in any upcoming shows or exhibitions?

HM: I am working on a body of paintings I call 'Psycholoical Warfare.' It is the process of testing my state of mind as I find myself involved in a medium I do not understand very well, i.e., the edge of something new that I can relate to only through sound. I am also curating a solo exhibition for Michael McDowell, my third, which will be held at Ashawagh Hall on May 14. I am then having a solo exhibition of my new paintings at Ashawagh Hall on May 21. Further, on the weekend of June 4 I am having another solo exhibition at the East Hampton Studios in Wainscott. This exhibition will include large-scale paintings. On President's Day I am having a retrospective of my work at the North Main Street Gallery in Southampton. That exhibition will be curated by Steve Romm.

For more information on Mizrahi go to www.haimmizrahi.com.

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.

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