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Visiting Maya Gallery

Updated: Mar 14


Uta Patinkin - The Card Players


Galia Pasternak -The Painting Teacher


Shira Gepstien - Moshkovich (Artist Wall)





Now on view at Maya Gallery,

Shvil Hamerets 2, second floor.

Opening hours:

Tuesday- Thursday 12:00 -18:00

Friday- Saturday 11:00 - 15:00




Uta Patinkin - The Card Players


Uta Patinkin is an Israeli painter living and working in Tel Aviv.

The essential elements of a painting are its color, form and composition and the interrelations between these parts. In these relationships we find the intrinsic human aspects that come to the fore. For this reason Reut found that dealing with the human subject was the most intimate form of her personal expression.

She began her formal training studying painting at the prestigious Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2007. Two years later, she moved to New York City, determined to develop in the classical tradition, and to be exposed to the rich and varied art environment of the city, There she enrolled in the New York Studio School where she received the necessary training in the classical technique as well as the discipline to develop on her own. At the same time, Reut visited frequently at the Metropolitan Museum, in order to become intimate with the works of some of the world's greatest Master Painters. She says facetiously that the Masters at the Met. were her primary teachers

Since 2007, Patinkin has exhibited as a solo artist, and in group shows both in Israel and throughout the United States, receiving several scholarships for her artistic and academic work. In addition to her studio practice, Patinkin currently conducts classes in painting and drawing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.











Shira Gepstien- Moshkovich


She graduated from the Midrasha Art School, Beit Berl, and is an active Israeli artist who lives and creates in Israel.

Gepstein’s work has been shown in major museums in Israel, dozens of group exhibitions and solo exhibitions in known galleries. Her art work has been purchased by numerous collections, both public and private.

Shira Gepstien Moshkovich: “The heart of my art work is the work itself, the possibility of combining familiar elements into something new. Give the world a new look and raise a debate   about urgent and historical subjects”.


Quote by Gilad Meltzer, who curated Gepstein-Moskowitz’s work in the group exhibition, “Green Bar”,  in the Benjamin Gallery (TLV) : “There are combinations that seem impossible, for example strength and humor. But the paintings of poetry Gepstein offers points us to unexpected extreme events such as these. Laying expressive and aggressive paint strokes, dissolving into scenes supposedly naïve, sort of banal photographs of mothers in urban surroundings.

As such they only look naïve, banal and relaxed, but In reality they are alive, kicking, disturbed, attacked and surrounded by noise. Gepstein produces expressive new, fresh, full of life paintings







Galia Pasternak -The Painting Teacher


The painting teacher returns home in a bag full of rain. Some vegetables, some creative materials, her bag is always heavy. Backpack packed with notes, keys, cigarettes, phone, cables, chewing gum. Her mind is teetering between painting ideas and arrangements to make. The arrangements always win and the art is pushed aside. She has to make a living so she teaches painting. As a daughter and granddaughter of painting teachers, she was born into this derivation. "Anyone born with a brush in her mouth would be better off moving her gifts on and making it to her home. You won't make a living selling," the mothers promised her. The prophecy came true.


The painting teacher does not compromise anything and compromise everything. There is endless abundance and excruciating poverty, tremendous passion and utter disgust. With the contrast, she collapses and starts taking some small ball to help her reset herself. Her control comes back to her and she performs her chores better than before. Sexual desire also increased, although the drug leaflet was promised. She is curious about what will happen to her artistic abilities. Will she continue to see colors the same? Do you remember from the inside how to draw? Will she be able to continue to lead her students? Will her inspirational channels remain open? And what about the third eye and the prophetic ability? And the writing abilities?


The painting teacher considers herself a reporting entity. Her pictorial action is such, her thinking too, her hand light on the trigger. She is primarily interested in relationships. Between mothers and daughters, students and teachers, painters and their subjects of passion. She has no power to read texts about art. She understands art from the stomach, the material, the movement, the emotion. That's how she likes to talk and write about art, so she also teaches. She has no idea if what she brings is a hot line or outright scramble. She is easily embarrassed and afraid of being caught in lies even though she always tells the truth. Her totality gives her the reality that everything can end at any moment and she always looks back to examine what she left behind. She often ponders who will come to her funeral and what she will say about her grave. Yes, you were important, establishing generations of painters, you were the best teacher, touched hearts, draw like you no one could, you were a perfect, involved, cool, dedicated, up-to-date, poignant, responsible, honest, wild. You were everything.


The painting teacher wants to be everything.





more infos about the artists and Maya Gallery:


https://www.mayagallerytlv.com/