Nava Gidanian-Kagan is an Iranian-Israeli artist based in New York City and Jersey City. Her upcoming solo show at The Jewish Museum of New Jersey titled: “Unfolding” opening in March, 2019 will reveal her work transformation from early to recent body of work. Nava’s work explores the fragility of the human condition facing the mortality of all living things. Reflecting on our own mundane existence in all its complexities, in attempt to transform it into a very intense, almost seductive tangible experience.
Nava was recently awarded the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation Residency at MANA Contemporary (2017), The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award (2014), The Terra Foundation for the Arts Award in Giverny, France (2014). She participated in the Residency programs at: The International School of Painting, Drawing & Sculpture in Umbria, Italy (2005, 2004) and The Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain (2007).
Nava has exhibited both nationally and internationally including: Dedee Shattuck Gallery, MA (2017), Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City (2017), The Experimental Gallery, New York (2016), Flux Factory, New York (2016), A.I.R Gallery, New York (2016), Sotheby’s, New York (2016), Panepinto Galleries, New Jersey (2015), Collier West Gallery, New York (2015), Wilkinson Hall Gallery, New York (2015), Indigo Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (2012), Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, (2012), Marion Art Gallery, Fredonia, NY (2012), Olean Public Library Gallery, Olean, NY (2011), BAS, Buffalo, NY (2011), Echo Art Fair, Buffalo, NY (2011), Gallery 33, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2006), ISA Gallery, Umbria, Italy (2004/5) and Stern Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
She holds a Master of Fine from the New York Academy of Art (2015), and she graduated from the Jerusalem Studio School (2006).