LiORA Watercolor/Mixed Media works on paper
Liora's work is a reflection of her unique vision of the world. She attended Parsons School of Design in New York, which honed her eye for design and color. Living and traveling in Europe as an adult has had a great influence, as evidenced in her European series. Liora grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut, and has been living and working mostly in South Florida since 1986. She has been a full time artist since the late eighties.
Exhibits include curating and exhibiting in “Doing Business As Artist Entrepreneur” (DBA) 2011, a solo show at the Gildor Pastor Center Gallery at The World Trade Center in Monte Carlo, a series of solo shows at the Northern Trust Banks, Broward College and numerous galleries.
Commissions have been created in South Florida for The Stranahan House (their centennial poster), The Bonnet House (historical properties in Fort Lauderdale), Sunfest, Las Olas Art Fairs (5 of their official posters), several restaurants in the south of France, Easter Seals, and the poster for The Red Cross Designer Show House in 2007. Liora designed and created a series of murals at Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hospital. Early in her career, she was commissioned to paint 2 wooden eggs for the White House Easter Egg roll. That year, she was in the company of Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenburg, and Maurice Sendak, to name a few. Those pieces all are housed in the Smithsonian Museum's permanent collection.
Collections include The Smithsonian Museum, the Virginia Beach Center for Contemporary Art, The Art of Living Foundation, and Northern Trust Bank.
In 2011, Liora's signature work, "Wake Up Save the Earth...” was licensed to Oxford University Press for a text book cover, Justice in a Globalized World, by Valentini.
Liora teaches creative painting, Mandala classes and creativity workshops at Artserve. From September 2011 through February 2012, She was leading teacher in "Creative Connections", a grant program funded by the Community Foundation of Broward, through the Art and Culture Center, working with at risk youth in collaboration with three other nonprofit groups.
Liora’s works reflect her passion and love for the planet earth, and her dream of a more peaceful and harmonious world. She is a member of 2+3, The Artist’s Organization. Her works can be seen in public and private collections around the world.
SELECT EXHIBITIONS (* asterisk indicates one woman shows)
"The Human Image", Armory Art Center, Palm Beach, FL. October 2015
"DBA Retrospective", Artserve, Fort Lauderdale, FL. June 2015
"Art for Elephants", one woman exhibit at Artserve, FLL, FL. January 2015*
"A Tribute to Elephants" solo show, Parker Playhouse, FLL, FL. March 2014*
"Beyond Artselves", The Armory Art Center, Palm Beach, FL, February 2014
“DBA Exhibit”, Gallery Six, February 2013
”Color and Form” solo show, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL. Oct. 2012*
”Postcards From Europe” solo exhibit, Artserve, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Sept. 2012*
“Art Bravo” Artserve 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009
"HART", Food For The Poor Tri-County Exhibition, October, 2011
"Bonnet House Impressions", Fort Laud, FL. 2013,2012,2009,2007,2006
“Architecture”, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, January 2012*
“Construct”, Artserve, September, 2011
“Light and Dark” Glass Gallery, July 2011,
“Portals”, Gallery Six, March 2011
“Doing Business As Artist as Entrepreneur” , Gallery 6, January 2011
“Inner Reflections” CAMP 4 Health Fundraiser, May 2010*
“Portrait of the Inner-Self” 2+3 Artserve, March 2010
”Multimedia Exhibition”, Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL. January 2010
“Global Rivers Art Project” traveling exhibit: Valdez Museum, Mexico 2009
“Second Wind” select members of 2+3, Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery July 2009
“It’s about Time” 2+3 Environmental Exhibition, Artserve, March, 2009
“Heroes of Humanity”, Art of Living Foundation, F.I.U. Miami, FL. 2007
“Summer Extravaganza” Matthew’s Fine Art Gallery, Tampa, FL. 2005
“Journey to Magical Places”,Two woman show,Glass Gallery,Pembroke Pines 2003
“We Endured” Yuri Dojc, 2 person show, installation, Broward College, 2002
“Stranahan House Illustrated”, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, FL. 2001
* “Liora’s Art”, G. & T. Salon, Westport, CT. 2001
* ”Light Journey”, Gildo Pastor Gallery, Monte Carlo, Monaco 2000
“Grand Opening Exhibition”, Gracie Lawrence Gallery, Delray Beach, FL. 1999
* “Liora, Selected Works”, Las Olas Branch, Northern Trust Bank, 1998
“Open Studio”, San Jose, California 1997
* “Works by Liora”, Quintile Books, Greenwich, CT. 1996
Florida Historical Society, Maitland Art Center, FL. mid nineties.
“Works and Ideas” Storefront Art Fort Lauderdale, FL. 1995
*Liora-1991-1994 Original Works”, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital, Miami, FL. 1995
* Fort Lauderdale City Hall, FL. mid nineties
*Wirtz Gallery, Miami, FL. 1995
“New South Florida Masters” Northern Trust Bank, Las Olas, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 1994
* Northern Trust Banks, Coral Gables and Fort Meyers, FL. 1994
Nu Art Vue, Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 1994
Art Expo, NYC. 1993
* Books and Books, Miami Beach, 1993
* Northern Trust Bank, Boca Raton, 1993
* LIORA, Mia Tanya Gallery, Boca Raton, FL. 1993
* Flagler Federal Bank, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 1992
* Alliance Francaise, Miami, FL. 1992
* “Las Olas Impressions”, Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 1990
“Salon des Refuses” (Hortt) Broward Art Guild,, Kenworth Moffet, curator, 1990
* Gallery Within, La Signoria, (SOHO 20 Gallery curator) N.Y.C., NY. 1989
* Mercedes City Center, first solo show, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 1988
“Easter at the White House”, Washington DC, 1986
AWARDS AND HONORS
Creative Capitol workshop for internet marketing, 2011. 2013
Awarded Individual Grant Broward Cultural Division 2011, 2012
Bonnet House Impressions, 2012, 2009, third place
Pembroke Pines “Art Competition”, selected for event poster, 2008
Hollywood International Art and Music Festival,1st place, 2004
International Festival Org. Bronze award for Sunfest poster. 2003
Art in the Pines, First Place in watercolor, 2002
Winterpark Art Festival, third place in watercolor, 1995
COMMISSIONS and LICENSES
Justice in a Globalized World, Valentini,cover, Oxford University Press 2011
From the Boardroom to the Buddha, Virginia Rebata, Book cover 2010
Red Cross Designer Showhouse, Official poster and marketing image, 2007
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (Murals) 2005
Sunfest, Official Poster, West Palm Beach, FL. 2003
Las Olas Art Fairs, 5 official posters from 1993 to 2003
Plantation, “Art in the Park”, official posters, 1993, 2003
Stranahan House Centennial Poster 2001
L’Occitan, Menton, France 2000
Easter Seals, 1996
Delray Affair official posters, 1995, 1996, 1997
Bonnet House, 1993
The White House, Easter at The White House, 1986. Commissioned to paint 2 wooden eggs that are now housed in the permanent collection of The Smithsonian Museum, along with Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenburg, Maurice Sendak, and many other prominent artists of the time.
Virginia Beach Center for Contemporary Art
Department of Commerce, Tallahassee, FL.
Commissioners Offices, Tallahassee, and Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Northern Trust Bank
Trends Sportswear, Hialeah, FL.
The Art of Living Foundation
Pembroke Pines Art and Culture Center
Parsons School of Design, N.Y.C.
Silvermine College of Art, CT.
DBA Artists as Entrepreneurs
2+3, the Artists’ Organization
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
”These works should not leave Prague!” about a series of 20 works painted in Prague
in the summer of 1998. -Alan Levy, founding editor in chief, Prague Post
“we are really impressed with your beautiful works!” -Andrea Christa Furst, Hundertwasser Museum, Vienna
“bold watercolors....technique reflects Liora’s command of color.” -Mario Tarradell, Miami Herald
“vibrant clarity..recalls the complexities of Kandinsky and the precision of Miro.”
-Robert Sims, Eastsider
"...like fitting together pieces of a puzzle; LiORA superimposes layers of watercolors, collages, crayons and pastels to create bold paintings that seem three dimensional. The paintings, whether a castle or a street scene, flourish and glow. " -Johnny Diaz, Miami Herald
"Wake-Up/Save the Earth" is a compelling gem of a painting by Liora Davis. As if seen from space, the earth is posed on a pedestal. The artist writes the work's title in tiny letters on the left side of the column holding the seemingly fragile orb. On the right side of the column, she adds "Wake up, love the earth and all her magical creatures." This beautiful piece, a reminder of man's smallness in relationship to the cosmos, could go to work a s a poster for environmental consciousness by the United Nations or the government." -Candice Russell, arts critic, March, 2009