Raya's artwork ranges from the abstract to a discovery of structures and images that invite identification. The works are created slowly, built up gradually through a deep process of observation, while paying close attention to the material and the ongoing development of the painting. At the outset nothing is known in advance. In her collage work she is inspired by the work of British visual artist Francis Davison.
There are no preparatory drawings or sketches. Raya works in a process of adding and erasing layers, covering and scraping, thus creating, breaking down, and recreating rhythms, objects, shapes and echoes of shapes, until the moment of resolution arrives when everything falls into place into a whole presence.
The paintings and drawings are done in an assertive, playful and at the same time hesitant process, in which anything can happen, and yet all is under complete control. Raya moves between free, intuitive action, and the desire to control and seek balance.
Raya Manobla creates her artwork, in her studio, that is located in the centre of Jerusalem.
"No Name", Maya Gallery. Tel Aviv
"Hurly Burly", The Artists' House ,Tel Aviv.
"LOOKING AT SHAPES LOOKING AT ME", Barbur Gallery, Jerusalem.
"Forms in Translation", Khan Theatre, Jerusalem.
Curator: Ari Marrache.
"Paintings 2009-2011", Gallery Na'an, Kibbutz Na'an.
Curator: Hamutal Fridberg & Dorit Kopit.
"Houses from Within", Jerusalem Festival, Jerusalem.
"+10", Maya Gallery. Tel Aviv
"Salon" Hacubia Gallery, Jerusalem
"Ruminant", Kibbutz Gevat
Curator: Ayana Shany.
"Landscape Marathon", Jerusalem Studio School.
Jerusalem Studio School, graduated Master Class in drawing & painting.
Jerusalem Studio School, Evening Classes in drawing/painting.
Gerrit Rietveld Academe, Amsterdam, Art Studies.
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Hebrew University Dept. of Musicology, music studies.
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Art Department.