Livia Novi Kessler
She was born in Transylvania and grew up in Bucharest. When she was 4 Livia was deported with her parents to Transnistria, while the rest of her family was sent to Auschwitz.
The traumas of this awful period made her seek her own therapy, in order to ease her pain. As a child, she sought beauty in all its forms. She used to draw flowers and new dresses for the princesses of her fairytale books.
At the age of 12, she immigrated with her parents to Israel, where she became one of the most well-known fashion models (also busying herself with fashion design).
She lived in Los Angeles, California, continuing to work as a model and studying sketching and design at the Los Angeles Technical College, where one of her paintings was awarded the California State Special Award. Then she studied painting in Germany, with the painters Manfred Weil and I. Ogen.And later she lived in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Today Livia lives and works in Tel Aviv. She speaks five languages fluently: Romanian, Hungarian, German, English and Hebrew, and is part of the group of painters TZEVA BA TEVA (Color in Nature).
Livia participated in many painting exhibitions in Israel, Germany, and the USA. In Tel Aviv she initiated painting exhibitions for adults and children at the Romanian Cultural Institute.
She has a son (Sharone), a daughter (Dana) and 5 grandchildren.
By this she considers that she succeeded to defeat the Holocaust's demons, and that art and beauty – in whatever form they may be – saved her life.