Ra’anan Levy is an Israeli artist born in 1954 into a Syrian-Jewish family which left Damascus in several waves. His grandfather was editor-in-chief of a Syrian newspaper.
Can his family’s exodus explain his art? We get no clues from Levy himself – a taciturn type.
The French journalist Veronique Chemla, however, sees a clear thread running through his naturalistic paintings. They suggest hurried departures, empty spaces, locked windows, uninhabited and abandoned apartments.
Then there is the bizarre presence of water: puddles and running taps. Does water suggest life? Time’s inexorable passing?
Here is Veronique Chemla’s review of an exhibition of Levy’s work at the Musee Maillol in Paris in 2013. (French)