Dana Zaltzman (b. 1982, Israel)
Zaltzman’s quest for art education has taken her on a journey off the beaten path of Israeli art. While an art student at the Tel Hai Academic College, she was studying figurative painting in the private studio of Amir Nir on Kibbutz Hagoshrim (2005-2007). She then traveled to Norway to study with Odd Nerdrum, an artist whose works are greatly impacted by Rembrandt and Caravaggio, offering a renewed observation of kitsch. Zaltzman then traveled to Florence to study at the Florence Academy of Art (2009-2012), an American school in Italy, continuing the tradition of 19th century French academic painting.