Nomi Drory was born in Bolivia, raised in Israel, and then moved to Canada as an adult. Through her experience as an immigrant, she developed both a pervasive sense of dislocation and a paradoxical attachment to disparate places.
In university, she studied to be an architect, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1989 from The Technion, Israel’s prestigious institute of technology. Following her graduation, travel, and a brief stint in New York, Drory came to Canada. She settled in multicultural Toronto, which she has said “enabled me to gain the geographical and socio-cultural distance necessary to hear the voice of The Other.”
In 1996, she completed the adult art program at the historic Art Centre of Central Technical School. Upon receiving her diploma, she was accepted into the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 1999. In 2000, she returned to the Art Centre of Central Technical School as a teacher to instruct drawing, painting and history.
Drory’s first show was in Israel, where she exhibited her final thesis project for her architecture degree, which won her a first prize in Architectural Design. In 1995, during a period away from Canada, she exhibited drawings and ceramic sculptures in Sydney, Australia.
Over the course of her artistic career, she has explored a variety of media and disciplines, including sculpting, drawing, painting, cutouts, video, and multi-media installations. She has participated in dozens of group shows in commercial and public galleries and art fairs in Toronto and New York. Her work is part of the University of Toronto’s art collection, as well as many private collections. Two summers ago, she fomented Mixing Toronto, a collective project involving video projections of sites in the city, which was an official exhibit at the 2014 edition of Nuit Blanche.
The contrasting cultures and environments of four continents has helped to direct the material and thematic content of her art. Her artistic practice has also been informed by her training in architecture. She explores juxtaposition and the the potential for discord and harmony resulting from bringing together traditional and new media and the abstract and representational.