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A Dialogue with echo: Artist Nava Gidanian

Interview by Tara Sasiadek:
The Buffalo Expat Network, the Emerging Leaders in the Arts and HandsOn Greater Buffalo are pleased to present the echo:
Art Fair which connects experienced collectors and first-time buyers
with emerging local, regional and international artists in a centralized
and creative environment; the Buffalo Central Terminal. echo:
Art Fair will showcase a broad scope of fine art disciplines, including
painting, photography, sculpture, print, works on paper, video and
combined-media. echo will commence with a VIP Reception on July 8th, 2011. On July 9th, the echo:
Art Fair will run from 9:30am until 5:30pm. The After-echo party, also
to be held in the Terminal, will take place shortly after the ending of
the fair featuring live music from The Albrights, Alex Kelly, and will
wrap up with a dance party featuring DJ Cutler and AVDJ PROJEX. Here is the next in a series of Buffalo Rising interviews with one of our featured artists, Nava Gidanian:
Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m a visual Artist from Jerusalem, Israel, currently living in Buffalo, working mostly with Oil & Charcoal, and doing experimental works with encaustics and whatever I can put my hands on.
What are the most essential elements of your work?

Oil on canvas and charcoal on paper.
If you had to choose only 5 materials or tools to work with, what would they be?

Charcoal, paper, oil paint, canvas and north light.
Would you describe your artistic education as a guided or self guided journey?

Do you have a connection to Buffalo?

I’ve lived here for the past 3 years.
How do you define success as an artist?

First and most important for me is to master my art, to be a great painter and to be acknowledged by great painters and artists that I appreciate, to touch and move peoples’ hearts. Off-course financial success could be a great bonus! – who doesn’t want to be acknowledged?
Do you have a set schedule for studio time?  How do you structure your creative life?

To spent as much time as I can in the studio and to travel to see great art as often as I can.
Can you tell us about where you find resources or inspiration for your work?

From my life.

In my travels I do a lot of studies after masters of painting – there is always more and more to learn.
What quote or mantra or words of wisdom do you have for other creative types?

It’s not about talent – it’s about working diligently, ardently, patiently, persistently and passionately, no matter what!
Where can we find more of your work?

For full details on echo: Art Fair, visit the site at, or find us on Facebook.

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