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Ofra Zimbalista


Tzin at Derech Habasor Kekar


Life Size


Aluminum and paint



Description A musician in deep concentration
Caption Eva was a friend of Ofra's who helped create an exhibit in Hungary. The sculpture is a tribute to her creativity.

"Dear Richard, Thank you for the inquiry. Yes, I modeled for the sculpture in question. Besides being very good friends, I also helped Ofra to organize her exhibition at the Art Mill in Szentendre, a township and artists' colony nearby my native city of Budapest. [http://www.szentendreprogram.hu/mmalom/program.html?programid=820&lang=eng] and [http://www.ofra-zimbalista.co.il/projects.asp?subId=10]
By eMail from Eva Bodnar dated March 18, 2017

"A visit to Ofra Zimbalista's studio is like peeping into someone else's dream, a visit in a fantastic, fictional space, somewhere outside of reality - the last thing you would expect to happen to you in Ashdod. The elevator door opens and you are sucked into a dreamlike surrealistic narrative, as if you've come upon a reunion of blue humanoid creatures whose actions and body movements have been interrupted in mid-sentence. One sits and another plays music, one greets you and another hovers, one revels and another collapses, one stares and another blows a trumpet, one stands on crutches and another drums. It's clear that something has happened here, that each of these figures has a role in some play, circus or procession, but it's also clear that something has gone wrong, or perhaps has never taken place. Is this just a rehearsal, and the real performance is to occur somewhere else? Have I found my way to behind the scenes? Or to where the stage sets are stored? Will the figures start speaking again the moment I leave?" By Tami Katz-Freiman from: www.ofra-zimbalista.co.il/text.asp?textId=76...

To read more about the exhibition in Hungary go to: www.ofra-zimbalista.co.il/projects.asp?subId=...

The Grand Spectacle is a new book, celebrating 40 years of Ofra Zimbalista´s artistic work. At this time its only available in Israel. For a preview go to: 

Other References For more information about the artist go to: http://www.ofra-zimbalista.co.il
To see a YouTube video "Violins of Hope" go to: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_34Hf8OpU4]
For more information about "Violins of Hope" and a link to buy the book go to: http://www.jamesagrymes.com/about-violins-of-hope/