BIO

Nomi Drory, BArch BEd, is a visual artist with a background in architecture and experience in various forms of movements; ballet, mime, athletics. Over the course of her career, she has explored a variety of media, including sculpting, drawing, painting, cutouts, video, and multi-media installations. She has participated in dozens of group shows in commercial and public galleries in Toronto and New York. Her work is part of the University of Toronto’s art collection, as well as many private collections. Her work was in the official exhibit at the Nuit Blanche 2014.

Nomi’s recent art practice explores the shift from orienting through 'thought 'to firstly orienting through 'embodied experience'. Through that she explores the interaction of the body with the environment it is lived in. She strongly believes in the Body- Mind unity as an integral part of the artistic process.

Nomi 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.

Nomi got her bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1989 from The Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Following her graduation, travel, and a brief stint in New York, Drory came to Canada, settling in 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 received her diploma from Art Centre of Central Technical School, and in 1999 She graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. In 2000, she returned to the Art Centre of Central Technical School as a teacher to instruct drawing, painting and history.

Currently Nomi is working on video installations and performance art. She created a process of drawing that invites participants to respond their environment through a kinesthetic and felt sense experience.

Nomi is a recipient of a 2018 Ontario Art Council grant For Visual Art

 

   Exhibitions:

2016 Pivot, The Spoke Club, Toronto, Solo Show

2014 Mixing Toronto, Official Independent Project, 2014 Nuit Blanche, Toronto

2014 Drawing 2014, B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Juried Group Show

2013 Inside Out, Monton Window Gallery, Toronto, Installation

2012 Drawing 2012, B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Juried Group Show

2012 Affordable Art Fair, New York City, a guest of Blunt Collective

2011 Society of Canadian Artists, 43rd Open National Juried Exhibition, Toronto

2011 The Abstraction Attraction, Still Point, Brunswick, Maine, Juried Online Group Show

2011 Black and White, Linus Gallery, Long Beach, California, Juried Group Show

2011 In Practice, Central Gallery, Toronto, Solo Show

2011 Together, Loop Gallery, Toronto, Two-Person show

2011 Drawing 2011, B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Juried Group Show

2010 Placeless - Placeness, Toronto Public Library, Fairview Branch, Toronto, Solo Show

2010 Members' Art Collections, Women's Art Association of Canada, Toronto

2009 Levitation, La Muse, Toronto, Group Show

2007 Landscape of Memory, Side Space Gallery, Toronto, Two-Person Show

2007 Mindscapes, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto,

2006 Observations, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto,

2005 X.C. Gallery, Toronto, Group Show

2004 A.A.F. Art Fair, New York City, Juried Group Show 

 

   Grants and Awards: 

2018 Ontario Art Council, Visual Arts, Visual Artists Creation Projects Grant

2014 Ontario Art Council, Media Arts, Exhibition Assistance Grant

2011 Still Point Gallery, Brunswick, Maine, Artist of Distinction Award

1989 The Israel Institute of Technology Award for Thesis

 

    Commissions:

2006 Winds of Change, commissioned by Ellen and William Michelson,

           Faculty of Sociology, University of Toronto, Art Collection

2005 Memory of Abruzzo, 6' by 4' Oil on Canvas, Private Commission

2012 Levitating Figures, Oil on Canvas, 24"x48", Private Commission

 

    Press: 

2016 Pivot in the journal Public- Art, Culture, Ideas

2013 Still Point Arts Quarterly, Fall Issue,

2014 July 31, Living Toronto, Mixing Toronto, A Nuit Blanche

2014 BlogTO, Mixing Toronto, An Official Nuit Blanche     Independent Project

2011 BLOG: Nomi Drory - Artist of Distinction, Still Point Art Gallery

1989 Rothschild Boulevard End, Architecture in Israel, 1989, Publication of Thesis

 

   Other Professional Experience:  

2000 - 2018 Visual Art Teacher, The Art Centre, Central Technical School, Toronto

1990 -1991 Architect, Kearns Mancini Architects, Toronto

1987 - 1990 Architect, Hayutins Architects, Tel- Aviv, Israel

1985-1989 Mime, Clown, Juggler, Self Employed, Tel- Aviv, Israel

 

   Education: 

1998 - 1999 Bachelor of Education, Senior, Art, History OISE, University of Toronto

1995 - 1996 Diploma in Visual Art, Adults Special Art Program,

           Central Technical School, Toronto

1983 - 1989 Bachelor of Architecture, The Technion,

            Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel 

 1981- 1983 Pantomime, Juggling and Clowning, Nissan Nativ Acting Studio

 

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Dan Drory-Lehrer • danartdl@gmail.com 
Nomi Drory • nomi.drory@gmail.com