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Lived/Active: New York/California / Israel      Known for: Holocaust themed painting, computer art

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The following, submitted April 2004, is from the artist.

Painter Natan Nuchi was born in 1951 in Nahalal, Israel, and 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 draw 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 Brith National Jewish Museum in Washington DC, and he participated in the ground breaking exhibition "After Auschwitz: Responses to the Holocaust" in contemporary art at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The exhibition 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, digits, body parts, phallic images, 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, the Haifa Museum of Art, the Ramat Gan Museum 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. The Israel Museum

PERIODICALS
Frederick Ted Castle, Art in America, March 2001
William Zimmer, "Veiled Time" The New York Times, NJ Feb. 21, '99
Peter Scot "Crimes Against Humanity" Zigmagazine 13, Fall 2000
Sue Hubbard, "After Auschwitz" Contemporary Art, winter '95/96 U.K. vol. 3
Gerrit Henry, Review of one man show, Art in America, June '93
Print Collectors Newsletter, Sept-Oct '93
William Zimmer, Review of one man show, Arts Magazine, Nov '85
Michael Brenson, "The Figure as Image of the Psyche," The New York Times, Nov '85
Frederick Ted Castle, Review of one man show, Art in America, Nov '84

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2000 - Hebrew Union College New York, NY
1997 - The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan, Israel.
1995 - National Jewish Museum,Washington D.C.
1993 - Haifa Museum of Modern Art, Haifa, Israel.
1992 - Klarfeld Perry Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1985 - La Mama's La Galleria Second Classe, New York, N.Y.
1984 - La Mama's La Galleria Second Classe, New York, N.Y.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2004 -"How to teach paintings to a dead rabbit" Kalisher Gallery, Tel Aviv
2004- "art from the collection" Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli art
2003 "The Art of Aging" Hebrew Union College, New York, N.Y.
2002 - "International Juried Show" Summit, NJ (Honorable Mention)
2001-02 - "Breaking the Mold: The Artists of Israel" Krasdale Gallery, The Bronx, NY
1999-2000- "Artists respond to Crimes of the Wehrmact" Cooper Union Gallery, NY
1999 - "Veiled Time" Brookdale College, Lincroft, NJ
1997 - "I'zkur" ((non)remembering) Ami Steinitz Contemporary Art. Tel Aviv, Israel
1996 - "Windows: Seven cross-section subjects in contemporary Israeli art" Israel Museum, Jerusalem,
1995 - "After Auschwitz: responses to the Holocaust in contemporary art" Royal Festival Hall, London, Manchester City Art Gallery, Great Britain. Altes Rathouse, Potsdam, Germany
1994 - "Recent Acquisitions" Museum of Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
1994 - "Drop Dead Painting" Art Initiatives New York, N.Y.
1993 - "Acquisitions 1991-1993", Haifa Museum, Israel.
1991 - "Figures and Faces", Klarfeld Perry Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1987 - "The Art of the Second Generation", Queensboro Community College, Bayside, N.Y.
1985 - "The Figure as an Image of the Psyche", The Sculpture Center, New York
1984 - New York Academy of Art, New York, N.Y.
1981 - 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1981 - "Emerging Artists", The Alternative Museum, New York, N.Y.
1980 - "Fourth Annual Competition of Small Works", 80 Washington Square Galleries, New York, N.Y. (Juror's Award).

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