Natan Elkanovich Born at 1966 in Moldavia (former U.S.S.R.). Natan migrated to Israel with his family
Natan earned his BFA in Fashion Design at the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design in Tel-Aviv. Since graduation, he is working as a senior costume designer for the Israeli Motion Picture & Television industry.
In 2003 he won the Israeli equivalent of the Emmi award for best costume design in Television.
In 2005 he won the coveted Ophir, the Israeli equivalent of the Oscar award for best costume design in Film.
In 1999 he staged his first drawing exhibition: Spilt milk at the Amaliya Arbel Gallery in Tel-Aviv. In 2002 he was a finalist of the ArtLink@Sotheby`s International Young Art Program, in which he is considered to be one of the most saleable artists.
Natan took part in Frankfurt`s Art Fair of 2002 & 2003 and in New-York`s Art-Expo in 2003&2006.
He also exhibited at the Jeff Strikhoff Gallery in New-York and in a group exhibition at Rosenfeld Gallery in Tel-Aviv.
In 2004 his USA Flag series were exhibited at the Dot FiftyOne Gallery in Miami, USA in a unique art exhibition featuring the works of world wide artists, based on the colors and the spirit of the American Flag.
In 2005 he exhibited in a group show at Ramat-Gan Museum and in a group exhibition of Israeli artists at the residence of the Israeli Ambassador in London, UK.
In 2006 Natan was invited to exhibit at the Simic New Renaissance Galleries in Scottsdale,Arizona & Palm-Desert,California.
In resent years, he has exhibited and sold dozens of paintings in Israel, Europe & USA.
In the My Icons series, he has painted portraits of famous people, which influenced his life deeply, and had a long lasting impact on him, through their influence on philosophy and popular culture.
By painting them, Natan expresses his respect to them and cherish their great impact on his world, and in his words: "In this series I paint famous people that had a deep impact in my life and contributed heavily, as my parents and teachers, to my spiritual world and world view.
These people were my 'babysitters', and by painting them now, I express, without the slightest hint of cynicism, my great appreciation and endless thanks to them for building my inner world. I would like to point out that unlike Andy Warhol - which painted celebrities in order to reflect for the masses their shallowness by pursuing fame and famous persona, and that at first glance my works are comparable to his – my paintings all come from great appreciation and my personal gratitude to the painted figure, and not out of trying to eduate or preach any message other than love."
In the Tel-Aviv streets series, Natan has painted portraits of the persons, which the streets in the quarter he lives, are called after.
Aside from Natan`s honest content and Pop-Art form, it is worth noting his innovative technique, which he has developed over the past years, that combines Acrylic, Silicone & Mix-Media on Canvas, to create a textural surface reflecting his interest and professional connection with the world of fabric, textile, color & Image.
Natan Elkanovich`s work, honestly reflects his belief in the goodness of humanity and the sanctity of the tight-knit family unit. In his drawings, by means of paint and technique, he expresses his aspiration to march forward in the new Millennium, with all its novelties, to appreciate the past, not to cry over spilt milk, to see the goodness in each human being, and most of all, to love, for love, in his opinion, is the most important thing in life.