Natan Elkanovich was born in 1966 in Moldova (former USSR) in the city of Orgeyev. In 1976 he emigrated with his family to Israel and still lives and works in Israel until today. After secondary school, he studied fashion design at Shenkar College of Engineering & Design where he received his Bachelor of Design Degree. Since 1995, Natan has worked as a senior costume designer in the Israeli cinema and television industry, for which, he was awarded with 4 Israeli academy awards, for best costume design.
Ever since painting had become an integral part of his life, Natan began developing his unique painting technique; in which he mix all kinds of plastic materials in different quantities, which include, among others, silicon and acrylic, and sprinkles them on the canvas. That creates 3-D texture on the surface. Sometimes he adds Swarovski Elements and all kinds of glitters to the end result. This technique is 100% hand made by Natan, and there is no machinery involved in it.
In addition to the paint brush, Natan also uses kitchenware and other tools in creating a painting. This originates from the deep kitchen roots embedded in him from early childhood. He recalls: “Most of my time after school was shared with my Mom in our kitchen. She was an excellent cook and I used to sit with her there, talk with her, do my homework, draw in my sketchbook, help her with all the cooking, decorate the food before service, making little art works from food by using variety of kitchenware..”
Natan`s paintings are exhibited and sold at prime galleries all over the world, and they are part of numerous private art collections.