Samuel Frydman - (a.k.a.) ASNABY
(b. 1956, France)
About the artist
Asnaby is a Parisian-born painter of themes concentrating on concealment, stigma and covering, challenging historical information held to be “the truth.” He has studied with various artists from the Italian and Spanish “nouvelle vague,” and especially with his teacher Herzl Emanuel.
Asnaby moved to Tel Aviv in 2012. His new work is more personal, as visible in the new series, Devour and Give Birth (Bolea-Laledet), in which he himself is involved as the subject. The man in the painting is full of conflicting emotions, sensations and behaviors, confronting his former identity as an “exile” as he takes on a new identity as an Israeli. Actually, he stores these emotions, swelling to a point at which he is unable to recognize himself anymore but must “digest” to give birth to the new self.
For the past 20 years, Asnaby’s oeuvre has created broad interest across international exhibitions and private collections.