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    About the Artist

    Natan Nuchi was born in 1951 in Israel. He came to the United States in 1969. From 1969 to 1974 he lived in Los Angeles where he studied art privately. In 1974 he moved to New York and has been living there ever since.

    In the early 1980s he became interested in the Holocaust and Jewish history and consequently started to make paintings that drew on Judeo Christian iconography with images reminiscent of concentration camp victims. In the mid 80s he exhibited in New York and received notices in the professional art magazines. In 1992 he had his first solo show of Holocaust related art in Israel at the Haifa Museum of Israeli art. In 1995 he had a solo show at the B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum in Washington DC, and he participated in the exhibition "After Auschwitz: Responses to the Holocaust" in contemporary art at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The exhibition which was one of the first major group exhibition to deal with the Holocaust, subsequently traveled in England and to Germany.

    Since the Early 1990s, Nuchi has worked also with the computer and in 1997 had a solo exhibition of his computer art at the Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art. In addition his interest in the Holocaust and the way it is remembered has taken a more critical turn, and he branched into conceptually based installations. With these installations he participated in 1997 in Israel and in 1999 in a New Jersey statewide series of exhibitions dealing with Holocaust related art.

    From 1999 to 2004 his paintings took a turn to a more abstracted metaphorical images which look like fingers that are also figures, body parts, tombstones, phalluses, women in robes and more.

    His work is in many public collections, including The Jewish Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the New York Public Library and the Israel Museum. The public venues where his work has been shown in solo exhibitions include the Haifa Museum, The Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli art, the B'nai B'rith National Jewish Museum Washington, D.C., and in numerous group exhibitions in New York, Israel, England, and Germany.

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