Last updated March 8th 2017


Sometimes the beauty of art lies within its contrasts as well as its aesthetics. This is exactly the case with Tel Avivian artist, Valeria Monis and her ceramic art project, From Russia with Love.

For this project, Valeria creates clean beautiful white ceramics and then paints prison tattoos from Soviet times on them with special blue ink.

“In Soviet Russia, white porcelain was a symbol of one’s wealth”, she explains, “and tattoos were a symbol of crime and poverty as only prisoners had them”. By combining these two elements, Valeria creates special pieces that come packed with history fresh out of the oven.

From Russia with Love was partially presented last year in a special exhibition at Kuli Alma and was a big hit, selling everything on opening night. This year, Valeria is one of the lucky few selected to present their art at the lucrative Fresh Paint contemporary art fair. Written by Yali Barkan.


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