Visual artist, filmmaker, theorist and Jungian therapist Liliana Kleiner was born in Argentina, raised in Israel and is now based in British Columbia, Canada. Kleiner has a Ph.D from Queen’s University, Canada and an MFA from Haifa University, Israel.
Her multidisciplinary work bridges between cultures and continents, transcending stereotypical borders and labels, expressing her vision of a world culture as a cosmic wholeness embracing mother nature and all life as sacred.
A world-renowned multimedia artist, Kleiner renders the spirit of place and time in mediums from oil to ink, woodcuts to handmade paper, art books, films, videos, and performances. Her art has been shown in numerous exhibitions around the western world and can be found in private collections in Canada, Israel, Latin America, Europe and USA.
In 1985, while studying Jungian psychology, Kleiner began her life research of ancient mythology, focusing on female myths, working in depth with the archetypes of “Psyche” the Greek Goddess, “Lilith” the Hebrew Demoness and “Inanna” the Sumerian Queen Goddess. Her work ranges from live performances: “Psyche and Lilith” (Montreal 1989), “Inanna”, (Mexico 2008, Jerusalem 2011, Berlin 2015); to films: “Lilith and the Tree” (Montreal 1993),”Tango d’Amour”, based on the myth of Psyche and Amor (Montreal 2005), and to art books: “The Song of Lilith” (Jerusalem 2008).
Her interest in the spiritual feminine has brought her to participate in unique art endeavors around the world, concerning women, the arts and spirituality. In 2015 she participated in “Women of the Book, Jewish women artists recording, reflecting and revisioning the Torah” (Jerusalem), and in “Teresa of Avila – Mysticism and Transgression”, a project commemorating the famous Spanish nun, mystic and feminist scholar from the 16th century (Spain and Berlin).
Over the span of 30 years she has created a rich variety of art works inspired by these archetypal energies and presented these myths in lectures and workshops in multiple countries.
Parallel to her career in the arts Kleiner has worked as a therapist and dream analyst in private practice since graduating with a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. As a scholar, teacher, therapist and dream analyst Kleiner participated in numerous forums sharing her vision in a variety of locations ranging from universities and colleges in Montreal, Vancouver and Jerusalem; Jungian societies in Victoria and Buenos Aires; to community centres and public galleries in Mexico, Canada and Israel.
Kleiner is also an experienced dancer and in 1995 she created the first Argentine Tango school in western Canada, teaching her original approach to the traditional tango. She challenged the rigid gender roles of lead and follow, offering a model of physical and psychological exploration that taught each individual to embrace both roles, sharing her feminist philosophy of life through dance.
In 2011-2013, she curated and directed the only women gallery in Israel at Kol Ha-Isha, Jerusalem, connected to a nonprofit organization promoting women voices from Israel and Palestine.
Kleiner’s work celebrates the free spirit of the human and natural worlds, integrating present day topographies with historical diasporas and ancient mythologies. As an artist and a dream analyst, she has been called ‘a contemporary alchemist’.
LILIANA KLEINER Biography / Curriculum Vitae
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lived and worked in Argentina, Israel, Canada and Mexico. Based in the west coast of British Columbia, Canada since 1995.
Languages: English, Spanish, Hebrew, French.
1993 Film Production Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1975 BA Fine Arts – majored in painting, Haifa University, Haifa Israel
1973 Visual Arts, Avni Art Academy, Tel Aviv, Israel
1971 Painting, Israel Museum, Bezalel, Youth program, Jerusalem, Israel
1969 Painting, Academia de Artes Bottini, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1986 PhD, Psychology Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
1980 MA, Psychology Haifa University Haifa, Israel
Specializing in Jungian Theory, Dream Analysis
Selected Visual Art Exhibitions: Painting, Printmaking, Video
2015 The Jerusalem Biennale, “Women of the Book, Jewish Women Recording, Reflecting, Revisioning”, international group exhibition, First Station Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
2015 “Teresa of Avila, Mysticism and Transgression”, celebrating the 5th Centenary of her birth, international group exhibition, Palacio de Pimental, Valladolid, Spain and Insel Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2014 “Light- New Works” solo exhibition, Wind Spirit Gallery, B.C. Canada
2014 “Alchemy of Dreams”, solo exhibition, Gral. Manuel Marquez de Leon Theatre, Film Festival Todos Santos, Mexico
2013 “Portals to Dreams”, solo exhibition and workshops, Galeria Corazon and La Duna Eco Center, La Paz, Mexico
2013 “Mujeres de 10”, featured artist in international women’s art exhibition, La Paz, Mexico
2012 “Forbidden Works”, curator and participant in group exhibition, Anatea Gallery- Kol Ha Isha, Jerusalem, Israel
2012 “Inanna; She Destroys What is Forbidden to Destroy, She Creates What is Forbidden to Create”, solo exhibition, Anatea Gallery- Kol Ha Isha, Jerusalem, Israel
2011 “Portal”- four women show, Sechelt Art Council Gallery, Sechelt, B.C. Canada
2011 “Dispersed All Over the World, Jewish Women Artists”, international group exhibition, Insel Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2010 “Female Nature- Retrospective”, solo exhibition, Farkas Gallery, Victoria, B.C. Canada
2010 “The Song of Songs”, participant in artist’s book exhibition, Jerusalem, Israel
2009 “The Eight Doors of Inanna”- solo exhibition, Galeria Tonantzin, La Paz, Mexico
2008 “Women of Tales”, Group Exhibition, Asia House, Tel Aviv, Israel
2007 “The Song of Lilith” – solo exhibition and book launch, Jewish Community Center Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2007 “Thanks God for Making Me a Woman” – group exhibition of hand made paper artists, Beit Arielah, Tel Aviv, Israel
2007 “The Art of Nude” – featured artist in Festival of Art Films, Place d’ Arts, Montreal, Canada
2007 “Lilith”; Paintings, Films, Artist’s Book, retrospective solo exhibition, Binyanei Hauma, Jerusalem Cinematheque, Jerusalem, Israel
2006 “Women and Flight,” duo exhibit, Painting and Prints on Handmade paper, Galiano Art Gallery, Galiano Island, B.C. Canada
2005 “Volver” solo exhibition, painting and print making, Palacio De Las Artes, Museo Del Papel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2004 “Latin American Art”, group exhibition, Museo de la Imprenta, Guatemala City, Guatemala
2004 “Malaspina Summer Show”, printmakers’ group exhibition, Malaspina Printmaking Gallery, Vancouver, B.C Canada
2004 “Women” group exhibition, Artspring Center for the Arts, Salt Spring Island, B.C. Canada
2004 “Selected Works” solo exhibition, S. Larson Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
2003 “Swimming Home after Molting” solo exhibition, Artworks Gallery, Gabriola Island, B.C Canada
2003 “My True Colours” with painter M. Korrison, Artspring Center for the Arts, Salt Spring Island, B.C. Canada
2003 “North meets South” solo exhibition, Casa Maria Felix Gallery, Sonora, Mexico ”
2003 “My Latin Roots” solo exhibition, Museo de Alamos, Sonora, Mexico
2002 “Nesher Nest” solo exhibition, Galiano Island Art Gallery, Galiano Island, B.C. Canada
2002 “Eagle Nest Tree” solo exhibition, Brackendale Art Gallery, Squamish, B.C. Canada
2001 “Matters of Courses” solo exhibition, Douglas College, New Westminister, B.C. Canada
2001 “Animal Spirits” solo exhibition, The Wall Gallery, Vancouver ,B.C. Canada
2001 “Alchemy – Provocative Encounters With Nature”, solo exhibition, Crystalworks, The Gallery of Natural Art, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
2000 “Galiano Rocks” group exhibition, Studio One Gallery, Galiano Island, B.C. Canada
2000 “Arbutus and Other Matters” solo exhibition, Studio One by the Bay, Galiano Island ,B.C. Canada
1999 “Artspring 99” group exhibition, Alliance of Salt Spring Artists, Salt Spring and Galiano island artists exhibition, Salt Spring Island ,B.C. Canada
1998 “Members Exhibition” annual group show, Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, B.C. Canada
1997 “Female Nature” solo exhibition, Gladwell Gallery, Victoria, B.C. Canada
1997 “Wild Women Revue” Native Women’s group exhibition, Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, B.C. Canada
1996 “I for Immigrants” group exhibition, Eaton Center Gallery, Victoria, B.C. Canada
1995 “Montreal Women In Art” Annual visual art group exhibition, Council of Women, Montreal, P.Q. Canada
1994 “4 + 1 = A Sense of Focus” Visual art group exhibition. Galerie Sekai & Centre Experimental d’ Arts Actuels, Montreal, P.Q. Canada
1993 “Lady of The Beast” solo exhibition of paintings, photography and Video, Galerie Centre Experimental d’Arts Actuels, Montreal, P.Q. Canada
Film and Video
2015 “Teresa Inanna”, Producer/Director of 6.50 min. art video, with original music by Ruth Wieder Magan and Mark Eliyahu, created for the exhibit “Teresa de Avila”, Spain/ Berlin
2011 “Jerusalem Portrait”, Producer/Director of 3.50 min. art video, with original music by Itai Froumin, created for the exhibit “Disperesd All Over the World, Jewish Women Artists”, Berlin, Germany
2010 “Doors to Inanna”, Producer/Director of 5.20 min. art video with original music by Gabriela Flores
2005 “Tango d’ Amour” Producer/ Director of 16 mm. black and white film, 30 min. screened in numerous events and festivals, Montreal and B.C. Canada, Israel, Argentina and Mexico
1993 “Lilith and the Tree” Producer/ Director of 16 mm. colour film, premiered at “Image et Nation” Film Festival, Montreal P.Q. Canada
1992 “Female Nature” Producer/ Director of 16 mm. black and white film, premiered at “How Do I Look” Film Festival, Montreal P.Q. Canada
1990 “Labyrinth” Producer/ Director of the video based on the poem Laberinto by JL Borges, Montreal P.Q. Canada
2015 “Teresa of Avila, Mysticism and Transgression”, celebrating the 5th Centenary of her birth, Inanna Performance with voice artist Ruth Wieder Magan, Insel Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2012 “Inanna; She Destroys What is Forbidden to Destroy, She Creates What is Forbidden to Create”, Inanna performance with musicians Deborah Shayovitz- voice and Itai Froumin- original music, Anatea Gallery- Kol Ha Isha, Jerusalem, Israel
2009 “The Eight Doors of INANNA “- Inanna performance with original music by Gabriela Flores, Galeria Tonantzin, La Paz, Mexico
2005 “Tango d’ Amour” Producer/ Director of 16 mm. black and white film (30) min. screened in numerous events and festivals, Montreal and B.C. Canada, Israel, Argentina and Mexico
2005 – 1995 “Performer” Argentinean Tango instruction and performances, Canada, Mexico
2001 “La Vida Breve” Opera by Manual de Falla, dancer/choreographer, Opera department, Conservatory of Music, Victoria, B.C. Canada
1998 “Female Nature” performance, modern dance and visual arts with Constance Cooke, Macpearson Theatre, Victoria, B.C. Canada
1996 “Lesbian Tango”, director/ performer in multi-media show, Focus on Women Festival, Victoria, B.C. Canada
1998 – 1995 “Tango Dos Mill” founder and director of the first Argentine Tango School in Victoria, B.C. Canada
1991 “Psyche and Lilith” creator/ performer of visual theatre piece with mask and narrative in three languages, Strathearn Centre, Montreal, P.Q. Canada and Jerusalem School of Visual Thretre, Jerusalem, Israel
2013 “Liliana Kleiner- Retrospective”, A Printed Catalogue of Selected work, Jerusalem Fine Art Prints, Publisher, Jerusalem, Israel
2009 “The Song of Songs”- Original Prints by Liliana Kleiner, developed in collaboration with Yair Medina, Jerusalem Fine Art Prints, Publisher, Jerusalem, Israel
2007 “The Song of Lilith”- Hand Made Artist Book: Woodcut Prints on Hand Made Paper, Jerusalem Fine Art Prints, Publisher, Jerusalem, Israel
Lectures, Teaching and Published Manuscripts
2015 “Dangerous Ideas”, public presentation, “Women of the Book, Jewish Women Recording, Reflecting, Revisioning”, First Station Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
2011 “Song of Lilith” book presentation and panel discussion, Tmol Shilshom Literary Forum, Jerusalem, Israel
2008 “Lilith-an Individual Path” public presentation, Binyanei Hauma and Jerusalem Cinematheque, Jerusalem, Israel
2007 “The Song of Lilith” – public presentation and book launch, Jewish Community Center Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
2005 “The Feminine Archetype in Mythology”,Lecture given to the C.G. Jung Society of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2004 “Sensuality and Earth in Women’s Art” – Lecture given to the C. G. Jung Society, Victoria BC, and to ArtSpring Centre for the Arts, Salt Spring Island, B.C. Canada.
1997 “The Feminine Myth of Eros and Psyche”, lecture and workshop given to the C.G. Jung Society, Victoria, B.C. Canada.
1996 “A Creative Path to the Feminine” – Article published at the Jungian Society Newsletter, Victoria BC, Canada
“The Transformative Power of Creativity” – Lecture and Workshops on the process of creating from the unconscious, C. G. Jung Society of Victoria B.C. Canada
1995 “Dream the Myth Onward”, – Lecture and Film presentation, exploring the feminine way to creativity. Presented by the C. G. Jung Society of Victoria ,B.C. Canada.
1995 “Psyche And Lilith – A Meeting of Archetypes” Article published in the Montreal Jungian Society
magazine, Montreal, P.Q. Canada
1989 “Women and Madness – Whose Definition? A psycho social perspective on Women’s psychiatric disorders.” Lecturer/Teacher of courses at Women’s Studies, Simone De Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Montreal, P.Q. Canada.
1986 “Agoraphobia or Panic?, The Housewife Syndrome”, Article published in The Behaviour Therapist, Vol 1
Relationship Difficulties and Agoraphobia Doctorate dissertation, and a series of articles published in, Clinical Psychology, Vol 5.
2013-2010 Curator and director of Anatea women’s gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
2007-2001 Member of Malaspina Printmaking Studio and Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
2005-1999 Trincommali Arts Council, Gulf Islands, B.C. Canada
2005-1995 Member of C.G. Jungian Society of Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. Canada
1998-1995 Board of Directors: C.G. Jungian Society of Victoria, B.C. Canada
1998-1996 President: Xchanges Artist’s Gallery and coop, Victoria, B.C.Canada