About Dvora (Vegh) Zelichov’s
Dvora Zelichov was born in Tel Aviv in 1953, to religious parents who were Holocaust survivors. Dvora learnt art and educated students for twenty-five years. Over the years she participated in various workshops in art and studied with the following artists:
She is a member of the Israel Painters and Sculptors Association.
Dvora’s parents were survivors of labor and extermination camps. “My father lost his wife, three sons, parents and other family members. He started a new family with my mother – but he died at a young age. His heart could not cope with it all. My mother, 92 at present, also lost a large number of family members, and was, and still is, the dominant personality in our family until today.”
Dvora’s parents and family accompany the artist and her paintings in a candid and concealed manner: in objects, in events, in feelings, in emotions and in metaphoric explanations that are specifically expressed in the Holocaust series.
The artist is a second-generation Holocaust survivor and, as such, Dvora feels that she must live up to the monumental dimensions of such a title:
“It was forbidden to talk about the Holocaust at home. It was taboo. Not to be mentioned. That is why I don’t know many details about the Valley of Death.
I did not feel the pain on my own flesh, but I grew upon amongst the sufferers, the tormented, the yearners, who tried to show vitality and liveliness. Even though one cannot convey the terrible atrocities that such people suffered on their bodies and in their souls with paint and shapes, the images and events are portrayed in an abstract and symbolic, but real, manner.
I portrayed my father and his children in some of my paintings, from the perspective of a mother, and today a grandmother, and from a deep understanding of the pain and sorrow, hidden in such a difficult loss.
I have dedicated memories of my mother, the amazing woman, the survivor, who believes in all her heart and soul, the strong and the persistent, through the number that is embedded in her arm – A-127538.
The pain and difficulty that were an integral part of Dvora’s parents’ lives as Holocaust survivors echo throughout all her paintings.
In 2014 the "Yad Vashem" Musueum added her painting Lena (Leah), giving expression to Dvora’s mother, the Holocaust survivor, to their collection.