Talya Baharal

b.  1955, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

2012  -  to date.   Live and paint in the Hudson Valley, NY.

1984 - 2012  Internationally known, award winning and widely exhibited wearable art objects maker and sculptor.  

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I was born and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel.   In 1972 I moved to London,  England,  where I worked in advertising television production.  I returned to Israel In 1976 where I worked for the CBS News bureau in Tel-Aviv for three years during the historic peace process with President Sadat of Egypt.   In late 1979 I moved to New York City where I was an assignment editor on the CBS News Foreign Desk and also worked as a researcher on the Universe show with Walter Cronkite.

In 1984 I began developing my wearable objects body of work.  Over almost 3 decades I exhibited and sold my art work nationally and abroad; received awards and grants and have been widely published.  In 2007 I was a NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) fellow and in 2011 I was a juror for NYFA sculpture/craft category.  A book on contemporary silver art jewelry, of which I was the Juror/curator, was published in 2011 by Lark Books and Sterling Publishing.

During the same period of time I joined efforts with my artist husband and partner Gene Gnida and together we established Baharal-Gnida Designs. We exhibited and sold our studio jewelry collection throughout the US while living and maintaining our studios in the Hudson Valley, NY.

In 2012 we moved to midcoast Maine and I began to focus exclusively on painting.   We lived  in Port Clyde by the ocean and I painted in my studio in Rockland Maine.  In the fall of 2015 we returned to the Hudson Valley, NY,  where I currently live and paint.   


I have always liked to disturb surfaces.  I like disrupting the perception of harmony and finding new meaning to the concepts and ideas of beauty.  I’ve been a sculptor and studio art jeweler for most of my career and for the past 7 years I have focused exclusively on painting.  Aesthetic interpretations of vulnerability and decay combined with the bare essence of form and texture have always been at the core of my work.  A fascination with the process of nature’s corrosive elements and revealing what lies beneath the surface has spilled into my creative path of painting.

Much of my new painting work is created with many layers of paint and other mixed media.  Through digging back into the layers, disturbing, exposing previous visual thoughts, a compositional dialog emerges revealing the story of the painting.