Vivi Avigal Ortelli started as a self-taught artist in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her initial formal training was in Industrial Design. She acquired a deep sensibility for design and beauty while she experimented with different artistic disciplines and techniques throughout the years.
During her 17 years in the US, she developed a profound interest in Jewish Art. She began her journey as a fiber and fabric artist and designer. She specialized on “Tallitot” (Jewish prayer shawls) and other Judaica items.
In 2010 she moved with his family to Israel where her passion took a new turn. She had experienced the hypnotic effect of liquid dyes moving on shimmering silk fibers, she swore allegiance to the medium of silk painting in order to create her own brilliant style. She began taking photographs and sketching in the desert, in the south part of Israel called the Negev, for a new series of silk paintings. It is this unswerving devotion to her work that has produced her brilliant silk paintings and wearable art.
From the astonishing reds and greens of the Galil to grays, and dry browns of the Negev, Vivi has found beauty and mystery wherever she opens her eyes to see and to paint.
Now painting from her studio overlooking the Haifa Bay, Vivi has added images of the Mediterranean Sea to her repertoire.
Vivi’s works have been sold in North and South America, and in the Middle East and Europe. She has participated in numerous Art exhibits in the US and Argentina.
Specialties: Fiber and textile art. Judaica items. Wearable art.