Born in 1965, and raised in Northern Israel, Ronit Oanono became an artist on the same day that she learned to hold a pencil.
As a young child, without words, Ronit was encouraged to communicate through art – drawings, paintings, even by her parents allowing her to paint on the walls. Throughout her childhood and primary schoolings, it became more and more evident that Ronit needed to explore her artistic talents in a formal setting.
When it was time for high school, Ronit’s parents enrolled her into the Witzo School of the Art in Haifa, Israel. Here, Ronit’s initial focus was architecture, but it was not long before this focus shifted back to her roots in painting and ceramics. It was at Witzo where she developed her understanding for structure and composition.
Post high school, Ronit followed course, like all other Israeli’s, and joined the military where she served in the Air Force for two years. Upon returning home, she worked as a graphic artist (in those days, there was no Adobe) until 1987 when she moved to the United States. Ronit quickly enrolled at the Art Institute of Philadelphia to study Visual Communications & Photography.
In 1991, Ronit married and had two beautiful children. Ronit filled her home in Southern New Jersey with art and encouraged her children in the same way that her parents encouraged her (except for painting on the walls).
Although she always found some time for art-marking, motherhood and family life took over, and Ronit eventually felt like she wasn’t dedicating enough time to her work any longer. So in 2000, she joined the Clay Studio of Philadelphia where she was an associate artist with the group for almost 10 years and focused on her ceramics and sculptural works.
In 2014, opened her first solo studio at Kibbutz Megiddo in Northern Israel (the site of the Biblical Battles of Armageddon). During this time, Ronit spent her time between the US and Israel and showed in two solo exhibitions and one group exhibition.
In 2017, Ronit closed Studio Megiddo and returned to the US permanently to open up her new studio at the Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ.
Currently, Ronit’s work are figurative expressions. Materials most often used are pen and ink, pencil, water color, oil on canvas, and clay.