Miriam Cabessa was born in Morocco, grew up in Israel, and has lived and worked in New York City since 2000. Her slow action painting has been internationally recognized since 1997 when she represented Israel at the Venice Biennale. Over the past two decades, she has abstained from using brushes, opting to make marks with objects and her body. Her imagery ranges from organic to mechanistic with surfaces that are both haptically handmade and digitally serene.
Cabessa graduated from Ha’Midrisha College of Art, Israel in 1993, had a solo show at Dvir Gallery that year, and in1995 won the Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize that included a solo show at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Cabessa has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally. Notable performances and exhibitions include Variation with Hands, with music by Jonathan Sheffer, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2012), Nye+Brown Gallery in Los Angeles (2012), a solo show at Julie M. Gallery in Tel Aviv (2014) and a solo exhibition at Jenn Singer Gallery in New York City (2015). She has also shown at the Morris Museum, NJ; Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; The Israel Museum, Israel; Ben-Ari Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; the Jewish Museum of Pittsburgh, PA; and the Kresge Art Museum, MI.
Her work is held in international private collections, and in public collections including The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the Haifa Museum of Modern Art; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; and Texas State University.
Cabessa has received awards from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation (1994 and 1995); the Ministry of Science and the Arts Prize for Young Artists in Israel (1995); and the International Studio & Curatorial Program, sponsored by the NY Cultural Corporation Commission (2001). She has been a member of the Artist Pension Trust since 2012.
In 2018, Cabessa debuted Night Painting, a new work created in collaboration with theater director Noam Ben Azar and his group of actors. The exhibition was presented at the Uri and Rami Nehoshtan Museum.
Currently, Steinway & Sons is exhibiting a giant reproduction of Miriam’s painting Gold Landscape in their Manhattan storefront, as facilitated by Culture Corps.