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Gideon was born in Sweden and immigrated with his parents to Israel, growing up on a kibbutz, surrounded by raw nature. In 1983, Gideon moved with his family to southern California, USA on a 2 year contract to develop raw desert along the Salton Sea into agriculture, and live in La Quinta since then. He is married to Melody who is an artist as well and with whom he shares life, home and art studio/ Galley in La Quinta.
Though possessing a zest for art since early childhood, “serious art work” in the form of drawings and paintings started in the early 90’s.
While attending various classes in Art, Interior Design, Architecture and CAD, at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Gideon was drawing and painting in his studio, allowing for the initial shaping of the artist. Much of Gideon’s art created in the 21st century revolves around the human figure with a hint of surrealism and comes to form in charcoal/pastels on paper and oils on canvas; more recently he developed some unique techniques that sets him apart as an artist. Some of the art work incorporates other media such as wood, prints, and other material which provides the third dimension to the art.
Gideon the artist has evolved in the art world, including owning his own art gallery in Palm Springs, CA for quite a few years until he moved to its current location in La Quinta, CA; curating art shows for several galleries, and since 2009, jurying and judging for the La Quinta Art festival (ranked #1 in the nation) as well as other shows in Idyllwild, CA and Palm Spring, CA. one can view his art also during the Art Under the Umbrella event in Old Town La Quinta, a La Quinta Art Foundation sponsored event. His art has been and being shown both in group and solo juried exhibitions in various galleries in Dana Point, palm Desert, La Quinta and more, winning awards of excellence throughout the years.
He is also involved in the community with nonprofit organizations promoting the art with youth, as well as preservation and conservation of the environment. He has been the Art Director for the Healthy Family Foundation’s “Ophelia Project” in Palm Desert since 2009. This mentoring project encourages young middle and high school girls to achieve their full potential and to build their self-esteem. It started with 250 girls in 5 schools and evolved to 525 girls in 12 schools.
STATEMENT of the ARTIST:
“The figure has always been a source of inspiration for me. Its ever changing shapes, colors and lines have been a stimulus in my exploration process for 35 years. Figurative drawing and painting became my conduit to the beauty of sensuality, flow of spirit and the ties to earth.”