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Leah Raab was born in Trenton, New Jersey and began her art studies at the University of New Hampshire. She received her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and completed her MFA at the New York Studio School.
Leah has exhibited her work in the United States, Canada, Europe and in Israel.
She is represented by Prince Street Gallery in Manhattan and Rosenbach Gallery in Jerusalem.
Leah’s work explores her attachment to places, connections to people and to community. Scenes in Israel and New York City depict places that hold deep significance to her. Her ongoing preoccupation on the experience of moving back and forth poses the question: to which world does she belong?
In Leah’s words, “My work addresses universal themes of exile, immigration, displacement, resettlement and belonging. On a personal level, it is about longing for homes I no longer inhabit, memories of people far away, landscapes, neighborhoods and communities in distant countries that I no longer belong to. Each transition to a new place brings uncertainty and as I search for a sense of belonging in each new environment, I compare and contrast my surroundings with the places I left behind. Images represent my family’s wanderings in Europe, immigrating to America, then to Israel, and continuously moving back and forth between the different cultures of my homelands”.
Leah now lives and paints in Raanana, Israel.
Selected solo exhibitions include
“Beyond the Surface”, 2014, Creative Soul Gallery, Brooklyn, “Streetscapes of the Lower East Side”, 2014, Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, NY, “Transformations”, 2010, Agam Gallery, Raanana, “Landscape”, 2006, Hebrew University Beit Belgia Gallery, Jerusalem.
Also solo exhibitions at the Jerusalem Municipal Gallery, Emunah College Gallery in Jerusalem, Asia House in Tel Aviv, Mofet Gallery in Raanana, Bible Museum in Tel Aviv, Fairleigh Dickinson University College Art Gallery in Teaneck, NJ, Waltuch Gallery in Tenafly, NJ, Atrium Gallery in Tenafly, NJ, YMHA in Central Queens, NY, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
Selected group exhibits include
Who’s Your Mama?”, Monmouth Museum, 2014, Lincroft, NJ, “Off the Grid” 2014, Atlantic Gallery, NY, “NAWA Members Exhibit” 2014, The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery, NY, “Women of Vision”, 2014, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, “Wish You Were Here” 2014, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn.
Other venues where she exhibited in group shows include the Artists House in Tel Aviv, Artists House in Jerusalem, Opera House in Tel Aviv, Ward Nasse Gallery NY, Dieu Donne NY, Chamot Gallery in Jersey City NJ, Atlantic Gallery in NY, Castle Fitzjohns Gallery in NY, Crescent Street Art Collective in Long Island City, NY Public Library in NY, the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, NJ, Arts Club of Washington DC, Harlem School of the Arts in NY, the Painting Center in NY, Belskie Museum in Closter, NJ, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY, County College of Morris Art and Design Gallery in Randolph NJ, Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT, Derfner Judaica Museum in Riverdale, NY, Blue Mountain Gallery, NY and Prince Street Gallery, NY.
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