Mirit Piraz Breiter – Mary
Mary was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1974. She has been living and working in Limassol, Cyprus since 2008.
She studied Art at Calisher University 1995 to 2000 by the top artists in Israel.
She has had several solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions in Israel during that time.
She has experienced a creative block, which overcome during her fourth pregnancy period, when she took on herself an extremely emotional project of drawing 21 figures of tragedy victims for documentary book.
Among her various works, she was influenced by this project and created a series of oil paintings of this tragedy.
Her recent work is part of her research to explore the effect of Colour and configurations on humans’ brain in order to help the viewers cope with their feelings, as she truly believes that art has the power to heal the soul and try to find the link between Art and science.
In her paintings, she frequently uses symbols and clues to reflect emotions and deals with deep psychological and philosophical questions.
How did you start your career and what were your first steps?
Since I was young girl, I used to observe the world around me in a different way than other people. I noticed how the light changes during the day, how colours affect my emotions, how interaction makes me feel. It took me time to become fully aware of my surroundings and let my observation seep into my artwork.
Five years ago, I took the leap and left my job as a Site manager of a very successful image processing Technology Company to devote my life to paining full time. I had to teach myself how to navigate my art world. I spent endless nights in painting whatever excited me and tried to follow the latest trends in the art industry by visiting many galleries, exhibitions and extend my art network.
What does your work aim to say?
My Art is an expression of my thoughts, emotions, intuitions and desires. Conveying the mood or evoking ideas with the impulsive colours tones. In my painting, I am frequently using symbols and clues to reflect emotions and dealing with deep psychological and philosophical questions.
I believe that colours and configurations affect human beings’ brain and have the power to heal our soul and body.
Who are your biggest influencers?
Edward Munch, Paul Gauguin, Mark Rothko and Marcel Duchamp.
Is there an artwork here you are most proud of? Why?
“For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations” – Jerusalem as a spiritual centre of all three monotheistic religions.
The artwork emphasizes the importance of Jerusalem as a symbol of peace, understanding and uniting the monotheistic religions of the world.
Which current art world trends are you following?
I am influenced by a combination of post-impressionism and expressionism. The post-Impressionism provides me with naturalistic patterns of light and colours with broad emphasis on abstract qualities.
Expressionism gives me the tools to express my subjective perspective and radically distorted emotions in order to provoke moods and ideas in the eyes of my arts’ viewers.
What do you like about your work?
My work helps me build bridges between my art’s viewer and me.
Fragments of thoughts, feeling, and memories inspire my artwork. The body of my work is like a catalogue of the events and thoughts saying things that I could not express in any other way. You can feel something and be empathized with on a very deep level.
I reach catharsis when I manage to touch deep feelings of my viewers
How do you navigate the art world?
I just try to work with people I respect and stay true to myself. I do my own promoting and I try to seek out people who are interested in and understand what I do. Nowadays, navigating the art world has become easier with the internet, but sometimes too much information can obfuscate the important information.
How do you price your work?
I usually price my artwork by multiplying the painting’s width by its length to get the size of the painting. Then multiply it by $ value per square inch depending on the materials used, weight, hours spent on the painting, kind of art (abstract, representational, conceptual, etc.) and the audience who buy my artworks.
I always try to detach myself emotionally from my paintings and set the right value per artwork.
Describe your practice/profession with 5 words
Curiosity, passion and perfection in expressing my ideas.