Jewish, with Hungarian mother tongue caused me already as a small child to feel myself hiding my identity- being a second-rate citizen in a communist country…
In 1967, aged 20, I succeeded to get out from behind the communist iron fence. I came to Israel – at its best- immediately after the miraculous 6 Day War…
Through receiving scholarship I was able to study at the prestigious Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem- still before the advent of the computers, where I specialized in illustration.
After graduating I worked as an illustrator for major publishers in Israel; parallel to this work I made personal artwork- drawings, paintings & sculpture – which, I realized only much later, was a process of unconscious self- healing…
In 1983 I became a member of the Ein Hod Artist Village. Here I produced many drawings of the movement/ structure of the human body and chakra systems which were inspired by my work as a Yoga teacher.
Through my meeting with the teachings of Kabala I began to investigate and apply the symbolism of the kabalistic Tree of Life to the human spiritual/psycho/physical structure- thus continuing my relentless search for wholeness/holiness…
In 1995 I was commissioned by Dr Yitzhak Hayutman, the founder of the Academy of Jerusalem (whose objective is to forward a new vision of Zion), to paint his visions of the Heavenly Jerusalem. With his inspiration I painted four visionary paintings, which express thru original symbolism the age-old yearning of humanity for redemption and peace.
Through this creative cooperation with Dr. Hayutman began a new period in my artwork – a conscious positive connecting to my Judaic cultural sources.
After finishing these 4 visionary paintings (it took me 4 years), I understood that now my work had to be in “Earthly Jerusalem” and I moved from the elitist artist village to the multifaceted Jerusalem– just before the outbreak of the 2nd Intifada.
Here I immediately joined the interfaith peace activity…sat for years in outdoor Peace Vigils in the Old City at a strategic spot opposite the Temple Mount, where we could dialog with people of all the creeds & nationalities. Besides other activities I participated as well in organizing the” Big Hug of Jerusalem” events.
In 2004 I created the fifth or central image in the series of the Heavenly & Earthly Jerusalem – in which I “virtually” (energy- wise) opened the controversial Golden Gate of the Jerusalem ‘s Old City walls– named the Golden Gate of Mercy- through which according to the myths the Messiah is supposed to come, but, alas, is for centuries walled in, and nowadays jealously guarded….
After my ambitious ascents to the visions of Heavenly Jerusalem I was pushed back- to my Roots- which until now I was dreading to touch consciously- the horrors of the Holocaust and my family’s history- full of incredible hardships & suffering…& I’m still in the process of working on this subject. Source
Her paintings offer the viewer a detailed glimpse into her inner landscapes – imagery that has been inspired by expanded states of consciousness: the realms of the imagination, meditation, shamanic journeys and the dream state.
“The visionary artist makes visible the more subtle and intuitive states ofour existence and creates maps and symbols reflecting consciousness.My work is an attempt to show spirit as the universal force which unifies us beyond the confines of cultural and religious differences. By accepting the interdependency of all life and our universal interconnectedness we have a chance to heal and transform the planet’s general state of woundedness.In using art as a tool for transformation, we have the opportunity to createa reality as beautiful, healthy and strong as our imagination permits.”
Martina Hoffmann, has exhibited her work and spoken on behalf of visionaryart and culture internationally. Together with her husband the AmericanFantastic Realist, Robert Venosa, she teaches visionary painting workshops.
“Your images show an artistry in painting that suffices to produce amazement and admiration for which words fail me.”
Dr. Albert Hofmann Source
‘Through my work I aim to shatter the ‘illusion of separation’, to challenge the viewer to question, and evolve out of ignorance, conditioning and ingrained genetic habits.
In life I strive to take responsibility for the effect of my existence, and through my actions and images, inspire others to think/dream beyond their immediate capacity. Ultimately I seek to create portals that open to the infinite possibilities of being and expressing, so that we may remember and re-discover who we are, where we originate from and where we are headed.
My aspiration is to paint messages, visions and narratives that communicate with an ‘older & wiser us’, awakening ancient memory; as well as the ‘present us’, that we may grow up and accept the responsibilities towards ourselves, each other and the rest of existence on this planet… now :)’
Amanda Sage is at the forefront of a new breed of visionary artists using art as a tool for personal, spiritual and planetary growth and transformation.
Born 1978 in Denver, Colorado; her adventurous spirit carried her to Bali, then on to Vienna, Austria to study classical painting with Michael Fuchs, resulting in becoming a long time painting assistant to Ernst Fuchs.
When not traveling to teach workshops or for projects & exhibitions, she currently spends most of her time in her studio above the HIVE Gallery & Studio’s and the Temple of Visions Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. Source
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