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Mona Vardi

Mona Vardi
Mona Vardi

Mona Vardi was born in Cologne, Germany. After finishing her training as a fashion designer in Dusseldorf, Germany, she moved to Paris, France. In 1980, she became a student of Russian artist Yuri Kuper. She worked as a freelance graphic designer in Paris from 1985 to 1989.

In the years from 1989 to 1992, Mona Vardi spent a long time in South Africa, Mexico and Guatemala studying the practices and rituals of healers and shamans. In 1993, she moved again to France and started to work as an interior designer. Back in Germany in 2010, she dedicated herself to painting since 2015. Since 2017, she lives and works in Luxor, Egypt.

Mona Vardi’s abstract paintings are courageous and forceful. Colour explosions immerse the canvas in saturated layers of texture and tone. Gravity pushes and pulls at the paint so that you lose your sense of direction falling headlong into the vivacious world that is Mona’s distinct vision.

 

Works available at Nūn Art Gallery:

From the Nūn Art Gallery Exhibition "Athir - Ethereal Journey"
in February/March 2021

Mona Vardi uses a multitude of organic materials to create vibrant dream spaces in her artworks. Pigments and powdered stones are mixed and poured on top of paint and collages as liquid substances. They serve to find new means of expression and expand into a poetic charm. Upon completion, the work has explored the genesis of the materials, the characteristics of the colours and dissolved itself by preserving the traces of its traversed path like the worldly stigma of experience. Colour in all its possible values defines itself as a true visual highly textured surface.

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Cyanic
Mixed Media
90 x 70 cm
6,000 EGP

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Extramundane I
Mixed Media
90 x 70 cm
6,000 EGP

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Extramundane II
Mixed Media
90 x 70 cm
SOLD

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Mneme I
Mixed Media
90 x 70 cm
8,600 EGP

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Ortanique
Mixed Media
90 x 70 cm
8,600 EGP

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Mneme II
Mixed Media
90 x 70 cm
8,600 EGP

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The Sensitive Dress
Mixed Media
90 x 70 cm
8,600 EGP

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Mystery I
Mixed Media
90 x 70 cm
8,600 EGP

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Heart in Free Fall
Mixed Media
90 x 70 cm
8,600 EGP

   

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Mystery II Diptychon
Mixed Media
140 x 70 cm
11,500 EGP

   

 

Mona Vardi's mythological sculptures bring the presence of ancient Egyptian cow goddess Hathor into Nūn Art Gallery. In her work, Mona assembles a wide range of materials including bones, skins and roots. She transforms them into shamanic artworks to embrace the essence of the divine in femininity. This procedure becomes a vital part of letting Hathor enter a new century. This approach rises relevant questions of what once was and what today is. The sculptures come from a highly symbolic nature and touch on different themes such as mortality, spirituality, value and balance. A distinct entity is formed by connecting organic elements with human-made metallic structures. The pillars of bones become strong representations of a new body. By combining buffalo skin and golden painted horns with valuable jewellery the figures emit a radiant energy.

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Hathor I
Metal, Buffalo Bones,
Horns, Gesso, Roots
about 200 cm height
17,200 EGP

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Hathor II
Metal, Buffalo Bones,
Horns, Gesso, Roots
about 200 cm height
17,200 EGP

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Hathor III
Metal, Buffalo Bones,
Horns, Teeth
about 220 cm height
17,200 EGP

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Return of Hathor I
Metal, Buffalo Bones,
Skulls, Roots
about 200 cm height
14,300 EGP

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Return of Hathor II
Metal, Buffalo Bones,
Skulls, Roots
about 200 cm height
14,300 EGP

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Spirit of Amshir
Metal, Buffalo Skins
about 200 cm height
12,900 EGP

 

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Nemesis
Buffalo Skin, Horns, Gesso
90 x 60 cm
SOLD

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Guardian of Harmony
Metal, Bones, Horns
50 x 180 cm
17,200 EGP

 

 

Exhibitions:

  • 1982-1985: Group Exhibitions at the galleries Octave Negru, Nina Daussel and
    Hervé Odermatt, Paris, France
  • 1984: Foire internationale d’art contemporain (FIAC), Paris, France
  • 2016: Group Exhibition, Gehag Forum, Berlin, Germany
  • 2016: Solo Exhibition Farbfluss, colour flow – colour blow,
    Erzählwerkstatt, Berlin, Germany
  • 2017: Group Exhibition, Friendly Society, Berlin, Germany
  • 2018: Group Exhibition International Upper Egypt Salon, Faculty of Fine Arts,
    Luxor
  • 2019: Group Exhibition Daughters of the Nile, Luxor Art Gallery, Luxor
  • 2020: Group Exhibition Luxor University African Forum 2020 Exhibition, Luxor
  • 2021: Double Exhibition Athir - Ethereal Journey, Nūn Art Gallery, Luxor

 

Press:

On occasion of the Athir exhibition with Mona Vardi at Nūn Art Gallery, Haggag Salama wrote an article about the artist, which was published in Al Arab, UK and in the two Omani newspapers Oman Observer and Meshor.

Article about Mona Vardi

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