The idea that a line on a flat surface can represent more than itself, varying in tone, width, texture, direction, continuity, transparency - become alive, pulsating with rhythm, rapid or slow modulation, movement and color - represent a temperament, a history, a transformation, stepping into the unknown, the essence and core of the creative force and imagination, that idea continues to inspire me while asking myself what lies on both sides of the line, what is really there?
Finding the balance between certainty and uncertainty, control and chaos, rational and irrational, order and randomness, the conscious and unconscious is the road traveled with each new mark on a canvas, a process starting anew with each painting. Does the end result echo the soul, or connect us to the universal within?
Arie Menes was born and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel, lived 5 years in Nairobi, Kenya as a child, and has traveled extensively across Europe, North, Central and South America. He moved to Seattle, WA in 1985 and has been living in San Diego, CA since 1996.
Received a BFA degree from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, 1981 with a major in painting where he studied with the artists John Byle, Joseph Hirsch, Dedi Ben-Shaul, Reuven Berman, Osvaldo Romberg and Pinchas Cohen Gan.
He was the recipient of an Italian-Israeli cultural exchange scholarship from the Italian Government and studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy with Professor Gullieti in 1982-83.
Received a diploma in electronics (1969) and has worked full-time for 20 years in the computer software industry as a Quality Assurance Engineer, Manager and Director.
2017 26th Annual Juried Exhibition Aug 2017, The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
Jurors - Kara West, Library Arts & Culture Exhibition Manager, San Diego Public Library,
and Alessandra Moctezuma, Gallery Director, Professor Fine Art, San Diego Mesa College
2017 Artist Alliance At The Museum March 2017, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA.
Jurors Karen McGuire, Canon Gallery, Carlsbad and Sue Greenwood, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.
2016 25th Annual Juried Exhibition Jul 2016, The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA.
Jurors Mary L. Beebe, Director, Stuart Collection, UCSD, Hugh Davies, PhD, The David C. Copley
Director & CEO, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and Mark Quint, Owner, Quint Gallery, San Diego, CA.
2015 24th Annual Juried Exhibition Jul 2015, The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA.
Jurors Robert Pincus, PhD, Professor Tina Yapelli, Director of the University Art Gallery, SDSU
2015 "Think Pink" Juried Exhibition Apr 2015, Art on 30th, San Diego, CA. Juror Pia Stern
2014 "Electron Salon" Group Show Jun 2014, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA.
2014 Southern California/Baja Norte Juried Award Exhibition Apr 2014, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA, Juror Peter Frank.
2014 Solo Exhibition "Rhythms" Feb-Apr 2014, Lyceum Theatre Gallery, Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA.
2013 Regional Juried Exhibition Dec 2013, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA.
2013 Regional Juried Exhibition Sep 2013, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA.
2011 Regional Juried Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2003 Juried Biennial Exhibition, William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA.
2002 Southern California Regional Juried Award Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA.
2001 Third Annual Juried Exhibition, William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA.
1990 Westworks Art Studios, Mercer Island Community Center, Mercer Island, WA.
1988 6th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Phinney Center Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1988 Westworks Art Studios, Phinney Center Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1987 Westworks Art Studios, Seattle, WA.
1982 Artist selects Artist, Radius Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1980 AICF, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1979 AICF, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1978 AICF, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel-Aviv, Israel.