The Gallery: Aviva Slesin


Mosaic Wave

Introducing Aviva Slesin, who first caught our attention when she shared with us the painting below. It is the first completed in a new series of disaster transformations; this one of the hurricaine-ravaged Louisiana...


Louisiana, 11 x 14.

Taking compositional cues from aerial photographs she finds in the newspaper, Aviva transforms vast landscapes of destruction and sorrow into watercolor and gouache beauties of intimate scale.

Aerial views and cities have been of interest for a while – below are three views that form a triptych.



Mosaic City


Mosaic Wall


Mosaic Wave

The spontaneous quality of the watercolor paint itself also inspires these colorful, intuitive and joyful paintings.


Enchanted Forest, 7 x 9

Aviva is best known for her documentary film work (she won an Academy Award for “Ten Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table” and has made films about Twyla Tharp and the National Gallery, among other things). Last year she took a leave of absence from filmmaking to strike out into new territory, and began painting. We’re very glad you did Aviva!



Orange Sky Landscape


Vertical Green Garden

Prices are $750 -$1000 for paintings ranging in scale from 7” x 9” to 11 x 14. If you are interested in seeing more of her paintings, please contact Aviva Slesin directly. Avivafilms@aol.com

- Amy Chase

(not maxwell, that is autofill)