Natan Elkanovich was born in Moldova under the communist regime of the former USSR.
To be a child of free, artistic spirit in these times was extremely difficult.
Careful not to speak in such a way that could be considered subversive for fear of the authorities or whistleblowing neighbors,
his solution was to bring his ideas to life through the decoration of the meals he made together with his mother in their kitchen.
As a blossoming youth,
Natan made his move to Israel for a new life.
This enabled him to transmute his childhood innovations with food, to become art on canvas.
He went on to attend Shenkar, College of Engineering and Design, Tel Aviv, and got his Bachelor of DesignDegree in Fashion Design.
Since 1995, parallel to his painting career, he has worked as a Senior Costume Designer in the Israeli cinema and television industry,
for which he was granted the Israeli academy award – four times, for best costume design.
One of the highlights of Natan’s career thus far was to design the costumes for internationally acclaimed actress Gal Gadot
for her last Israeli movie, prior to her being selected to play the role of Wonder Woman.
Occasionally, Swarovski elements, diamond dust, or glitter are added, contributing an aesthetic flare. All his materials are mixed with alaborious devotion, entirely by hand. There is no machinery involved in his process.
For Natan, there is an element of tantra to his work, which includes repetition, patience,
These steady and repetitive movements become a meditation for Natan, connecting the physical to the energetic nature of light and spirit.
Embedded in his art, is a genuine appreciation for humanity.
Identifying as a humanist, Natan seeks to emphasize and explore the beauty in humanity, together with the elements of love, nostalgia,
longing, appreciation, honor and gratitude.