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t.ronen Living My Life

"Living My Life"

Dedicated in the honor of
the painter Tzipora Ronen of blessed memory
A young soul. An artist in her spirit and mind.
Her works were painted with colors of hope and bliss.

Living My Life
Tzipora Ronen was born in Mexico under the name Fanny Frida Chelminsky. She graduated from the San Carlos Academy of Art in Mexico City, which had produced the well- known Mexican mural painters Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo. Studying in the shadow of these painters and living in the colorful environment of the Mexican culture were for Tzipora a non-expandable source of inspiration for her various painting styles along the years.

As a youth, Tzipora was active as an instructor in the Zionist Movement of Hashomer Hatzayir in Mexico, where she also met Dov, whom she married in 1951. Following their marriage they fulfilled their dream of Zionism and settled in Kibbutz Megido in the Valley of Jezreel, where their sons, Uri and Itai, were born. After living for several years in the strenuous conditions of the Kibbutz during the 1950s, they moved to the Yad Eliyahu Neighborhood in Tel Aviv, where their daughter, Iris, was born.
The move to Tel Aviv gave Tzipora the opportunity to fulfill her passion for painting from the professional aspect too, and allowed her to dedicate most of her time and energy to painting, side by side with upbringing her children.
Back in the 1970s, Tzipora identified the special and picturesque character of the Neveh Zedeq neighborhood in Tel Aviv and hired there a small room she used as a studio, and to which she came every day to paint.
Years later, even before Neveh Tzedeq turned into the "Soho" of the modernized city of Tel-Aviv, Tzipora decided to settle in this neighborhood, where she lived and painted to her last days.
Her many and varied styles of painting were the result of hybridization between her sources of inspiration of her childhood in Mexico, and her abounding life environment in Israel, which, together, made her develop unique styles into which she embedded countless elements of colors, shades and shapes.
The art of painting, which nourished her soul in good and beautiful times, served as a source of support for her in bad times of crisis she was forced to deal with, especially after the death of Dov, who died as a young man at the age of 44, and during her continuous struggle with the cancer diseases she was stricken with. Tzipora acknowledged and cherished the art of painting as the best remedy and therapy for her soul, and this was what helped her resist all calamities life forced her to endure.

She led an independent, full, fruitful and colorful life style. She was blessed with 60 years of constant creativeness, through which she presented in numerous exhibitions both in Israel and abroad, in many galleries, museums and institutes.
She was blessed with endless strengths that helped her travel from one place to the other, carrying in her lap her working portfolio, never missing any opportunity to display them.

In her late years, despite the severe disease that attacked her body and in spite of the torturing treatments and numerous hospitalizations, she never let herself and the people around her regard her as a sick person and always painted her future in pink colors.
She persistently preserved her independence and preferred, instead of sinking into despair while still alive, to inspire her environment with endless optimism and hope.

About two months before she passed away, while she gradually weakened, Tzipora succeeded, with her meager strengths, to paint with her brush a collection of 16 paintings in splendid colors. She named this series Living My Life. These works were painted with acrylic colors on a handmade Mexican wood paper called AMATE.
Tzipora's excitement and feelings while painting this series are well described in a paragraph of a letter she wrote to her niece in Mexico (translated from the Spanish origin):

"...An overflow of creativity came suddenly on me, flowing unintentionally from inside me. I work and enjoy myself as I never did before, with great freedom of color and shapes? This is the real reward after so many years of creativity? I work very intensively so as to make the best use of my time, yet I pay for it with my ever- exhausting forces, which I hope will not let me down and will stay with me. I have no intention at the moment to frame them or display them, only to enjoy this time that is very precious to me..."

Unfortunately, Tzipora did not last to finish her 17th painting in the series and this one was left in solitude on the easel, unfinished and unsigned.
Tzipora departed us and passed away on August 20, 2008.
Her thousands of works form the legacy she left behind.