He’s won Academy Awards, is besties with Gal Gadot and now, we can have a piece of him in our bedroom (for a cost of course).
The hottest art name on the lips of socialites in New York City, Natan Elkanovich is no new comer to the game. He has been awarded four Israeli Academy Awards for best costume design and worked with the world’s biggest celebrities.
Ever since painting became an integral part of his life, Natan has worked to develop his unique painting technique, in which he mixes all kinds of plastic materials in different quantities, which include amongst other things silicon and acrylics, which he then applies on the canvas. This medium creates a 3D texture on the surface (which makes for a show stopper in any living space). Sometimes he adds Swarovski elements and all kinds of glitter to the end result. The materials are painstakingly and entirely made by Natan, and there is no machinery involved in the process.
In addition to the paintbrush, Natan also uses kitchenware to apply these self-made materials. As he recalls, this stems from his deep seated roots in the kitchen, embedded in him from early childhood. “Most of my time after school was shared with my Mom in our kitchen. She was an excellent cook and I used to sit with her there and talk to her, do my homework, draw in my sketchbook and help her with all the cooking. I would decorate the food before it was served, creating small works-of-art from food by using a variety of Kitchenware.”
Natan’s motto in life is love, appreciation, respect and gratitude for people and the environment in which he lives. He illustrates this in his art. In his words: “I was always entranced by people and I consider myself a humanist. What interests me in particular is the positive side of human beings. I’m not interested in dealing with hate, envy, anger, war and other negative aspects of humanity.”
“I was always driven by love: the love of family, friends, of nature and its surroundings and the love of creating. Perhaps because of this, when I paint I choose to emphasize those positive aspects of humanity, such as love, yearning, nostalgia, longing, appreciation, honor and gratitude.”
Natan executes portraits of famous people and paints homages to famous works-of-art which have influenced and impacted his life deeply both through philosophy and Pop Culture. By painting them Natan expresses the respect he has for them and their great impact on his world. In his words: “I paint famous people and homages of art works by great masters that have had a deep impact on my life”.
Natan’s paintings are exhibited and sold at prime galleries all over the world, and are included in numerous private art collections.