Galina Didur was born in Khardok, Ukraine, in 1961. From an early age, she developed an interest and curiosity in Fine Arts, and very naturally she attended Art School from 1978 to 1982. Between 1982 and 1985 she studied at the Art High School and from 1985 to 1990 at the Kharkov Art Academy, choosing as a major Monumental Decorative Painting. In 1994 Galina emigrated to Israel.
Beginning her artistic journey, she joined the “Tzlaliot” group in Kharkov. The group developed a unique approach toward form, based on the principles of the Avant-Garde and figurative styles. Following the analytic school of Pavl Filonov, the group was characterized by a mystic method of painting.
While in Italy, Galina was given the opportunity to see and study the Frescoes of the Italian Renaissance Artists. Consequently, Galina’s art style and techniques changed, becoming more tangible and clear, with greater emphasis on texture. Therefore, she began to create a base and an infrastructure for her tempera painting, which would facilitate creative effects of crevices, similar to Frescoes.
In order to reach this kind of effort, Galina utilizes gold color in the early stage of the paintings, so the observer can sense the rays of light rising and flaring out of the crevices. By this technique, Galina attempts to present a metaphor, in which the whole world is cracked and obsolete.
The themes of her works are all connected to historical and biblical events; Jewish and universal on the one hand, portraits, views and abstract themes on the other.
The frames of the paintings are of great importance to Galina. The frame is a connector between the subjects of the paintings and their physical presence. The rames are an integral part of the paintings and are related to the characters placed in the paintings. Thus a sense of the paintings’ characters breaking out the boundary between the real and the possible is created, giving the impression that the characters live independently.