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Hava Gurevich
Ann Arbor, MI

About the Artist

Hava Gurevich was born in Russia and spent part of her childhood in Israel before moving with her family to Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her B.F.A. in photography from the University of Michigan in 1990 and her M.F.A. in painting from the Illinois State University in 1998.
Professionally she has worked in the arts for more than twenty years as a photographer, educator, art dealer, web designer, and art curator.

Artist Statement

Nature serves as inspiration for my art and my colorful abstractions feature botanical, aquatic and microscopic motifs. I am fascinated by the e…
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About the Artist

Hava Gurevich was born in Russia and spent part of her childhood in Israel before moving with her family to Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her B.F.A. in photography from the University of Michigan in 1990 and her M.F.A. in painting from the Illinois State University in 1998.
Professionally she has worked in the arts for more than twenty years as a photographer, educator, art dealer, web designer, and art curator.

Artist Statement

Nature serves as inspiration for my art and my colorful abstractions feature botanical, aquatic and microscopic motifs. I am fascinated by the elegant intricacy and efficiency of patterns that repeat on both small and large scales across a variety of lifeforms, from single cell amoebas to entire ecosystems. These patterns include spheres, tubes, and networks that are perfectly adapted to connect, transmit, reproduce, and allow life to thrive. I look for these repeating patterns and abstract them into series of lines, shapes, and colors, which form the foundation of my own visual language. Blending images from the real world and imagination, my work celebrates nature in all its beauty, chaos and complexity.

My art attempts to capture life​ itself​, which is in constant state of evolution and atrophy.​ In my paintings, I create chaos and then I look for life and order. Every painting has its own mythology of creation. Life taking hold while some things die and many things evolve. My biggest challenge is to bring the painting to a stage where life is the dominant theme, but the painting is still in a state of growth and decay— not quite in balance, but rather in a dynamic state, but tipped towards life. When you look at the painting, you can imagine that some things will continue to grow, and you can also see that from the areas of decay new life may emerge.

Artist’s Work

Organic Fiction
Moscow nights
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Moscow Nights

By Hava Gurevich

Monarchs
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Nuptial Gifts

By Hava Gurevich

Devonian playground
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Devonian Playground

By Hava Gurevich

Demeter 2009
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Demeter

By Hava Gurevich

Evergreen estuary 2013
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Evergreen Estuary, 2013

By Hava Gurevich

Vespa mosaic
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Vespa Mosaic

By Hava Gurevich

Permeable realms 2017
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Permeable Realms, 2017

By Hava Gurevich

Ballistic dispersal 2017
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Ballistic Dispersal, 2017

By Hava Gurevich

Arabian nights 2
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Arabian Nights

By Hava Gurevich

Deep sea denizens 2017
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Deep Sea Denizens

By Hava Gurevich

Atomic garden 2017
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Atomic Garden, 2017

By Hava Gurevich

Cambrian reef
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Cambrian Reef

By Hava Gurevich

Ghost lilies
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Ghost Lilies

By Hava Gurevich

Let the sunshine in 2020
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Let the Sunshine In, 2020

By Hava Gurevich

The great migration
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The Great Migration

By Hava Gurevich

First signs of spring 2011
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First Signs of Spring, 2011

By Hava Gurevich

Biophilia 2011
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Biophilia, 2011

By Hava Gurevich

Wonderland 2010
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Wonderland, 2010

By Hava Gurevich

Selected Exhibitions

  • Farmington Hills City Hall
    Farmington Hills, MI, 2020
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens
    Ann Arbor, MI, 2019
  • The Common Cup
    Ann Arbor, 2019
  • University Hospital, Main Lobby
    Ann Arbor, MI, 2018
  • The Amster Gallery
    JCC of Ann Arbor, 2017
  • artsites
    Riverhead, NY, 2013
  • Museum of Contemporary Art at the Ozarks
    Hot Springs, AR, 2011

Education

  • Illinois State University, MFA
    Normal IL,1998 
  • Illinois State University, MA
    Normal, IL,1995 
  • University of Michigan, BFA
    Ann Arbor, MI,1990