Hana Aviv has dreamed of being an artist her whole life. She practices to hone her skill whenever she has a free moment and has taken classes to improve her technique. Her artistic training has led her to view the world differently, she sees the world around her in terms of shapes and composition. Now, she thinks about how to create the most interesting combination of shapes and color. She feels that watercolor is a great medium for doing so. Though it can be a challenge, the use of watercolors allows her to translate her world view, the worldview of an artist, into colorful artworks that feature natural subjects. Hana is a veteran of Alfa Art Gallery, having showed her work in the gallery’s “Small Format/ Affordable Art Exhibition” in 2012 and 2014 and The New Brunswick Art Salon “Watercolor and Mixed Media” show in 2015 and 2016.

All my life I wanted to be an artist. After graduation from college with a degree in Biology, I worked in New York City during the day and enrolled in drawing and watercolor classes in the evening. Later I took more intense instruction in art by taking evening classes at the Montclair art museum (MAM). From 2007 until 2011, I took a class every fall, winter and spring semester, and participated in many workshops. One of the first classes was life drawing. I liked life drawing because I discovered that I liked visualizing subjects in terms of lines and shapes, and I loved to create patterns and designs based on the figure. However, once I captured the shape and movement of the figure, I was reluctant to finish the drawing. Somehow, the lines and shapes seemed fresher, and the finished drawing(shading, background, details etc.) detracted from the freshness of the sketch. The teachers at MAM taught me about composition, color, temperature and the play of shadows. Through trial and error, I found that the best way to finish my compositions was by using watercolor. Watercolor, although a challenging medium, does not require the level of detail that finishing a work in chalk or pastel does. It is also a much more fluid medium than oil. As I experimented with different techniques, such as wet into wet painting and filling the paper with fields of color, I discovered this was the best way to finish my sketches. 

To improve my skills, I took several semesters of watercolor classes at the MAM, and now continue taking drawing classes at the Zimmerli museum in New Brunswick. To find my own style, I joined the New Jersey watercolor club and the Essex County watercolor club and I watch artist’s demonstrations, participate in workshops and go on plain air painting trips. At this time I focus on overall design of my work–lines, shapes, and unity of design and color. I take my inspiration from nature – my best work seems to be floral designs and landscapes. I travel extensively, and find inspiration in the landscapes I encounter in my travels and frequent hiking trips. I often make small sketches in the field and finish my work later in my studio.


New Brunswick Art Salon 2016 Part II Watercolor and Mixed Media Exhibition



1976  B.S., Biology, Fordham University, Bronx, NY

1979  M.S., Biology, New York University, New York, NY

1992  Ph.D., Biology, New York University, New York, NY  



Professor of Pathology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Montclair Art Museum: Fall, winter and spring semester art classes (2007-2013)

Life drawing, drawing into painting, expressionism, watercolor, workshops

Mason Gross School of the Arts–Zimmerli Drawing Society September 2015 to present



Jurried Shows

Alfa Art Gallery – Small Format/Affordable Art exhibition – December 2012

Alfa Art Gallery – Small Format/Affordable Art Show–December 2014

Alfa Art Gallery – 2015 New Brunswick Art Salon for watercolor and mixed media Essex County Watercolor Club – 85th Annual Member’s show for transparent watercolor, Library of the Chathams, February 2015

Garden State Watercolor Society–46th Annual Juried Show “Nature’s Beauty.”August 11,2015 – September 25, 2015.

Other Shows
Caldwell library, Caldwell, NJ – Solo exhibition – February 2012
Cancer Center of New Jersey in Newark, NJ–3 paintings on display in the Lobby – October 2012 – present
Essex County Watercolor Club Associate Members Exhibit–Art @1275 Studio and Gallery, Fairfield NJ, October 2014
Fall Arts Festival, Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School in Newark–September 2012 – January 2013, September 2013 – January 2014, September 2014 – January 2015, September 2015 – January 2016.
National Arts Program, Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School for employees and their families January – June 2012, January -June 2013, January – June 2014, January – June 2015 and January – June 2016.
NJ Watercolor Society Associate Members Show – Morristown Community Theatrer – September 2011 and September 2013.
Physicians and their Art, Rutgers–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School–December 2013.
Physicians and their Art, Rutgers–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – March 2015.


Affordable Art show and sale at the Montclair Art Museum (May 2010)
Art on the Avenue on Bloomfield Ave in Caldwell, NJ (May 2011 and June 2012)
Featured Artist on the National Arts Program Foundation Website, September 2011
Artist of the week in the National Arts Program Magazine, January 2012 
2nd Place in the Amateur Division for “Pink Gladioli” National Arts Program for New Jersey Medical School/Rutgers in Newark, 2012 
1st Place in the Intermediate Division for “Starburst of White Irises,” National Arts Program for New Jersey Medical School/Rutgers in Newark, 2013 
3rd Place in the Intermediate Division for“Galapagos Bird,” National Arts Program for New Jersey Medical School/Rutgers in Newark, 2014


New Jersey Watercolor Club

Essex County Watercolor Society

Garden State Watercolor Society


Small Works

Feel free to visit Hanna’s website: theartofhana.webs.com


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