Dina Podolsky was born in the former Soviet Union in 1953. First trained at the Polygraphic Institute in Moscow, she continued her studies at the Bezalel Academy of Jerusalem and the Avni Institute of Fine Arts of Tel-Aviv. It is essential to understand Podolsky’s complex Slavic background in order to get the full impact of her work. Her pictorial language is extremely personal, almost autobiographical, a fictional and poetic identification with the closeness of the past With her memory as a tool, Podolsky enfolds and changes her images, letting forms emerge by using surface ambiguities to suggest evolving memory.
She gives special care to the effects produced by texture and patina. The use of collage, varnishes and thick layers of mixed media invoke the passage of time. Her favorite subjects of the moment are old, dolls, antique wine bottles and familiar conventional objects. Podolsky has recently expanded her use of light, which creates effects of depth, shadow and clarity in warm and vibrant blues, reds and earth tones. The recent work of Dina Podolsky is a synthesis of a deep reflection connecting the past culture of the former Soviet Union with the living sensibilities of the ones who carry on its memories.