"With my work, I simply search for ways to communicate with people. A sincere dialogue, avoiding the confusion that the supposed Vanguard Art creates. Today vanguard, tomorrow out of date and out of touch."

Nora Patrich - August 18, 1999


Nora Patrich was born on June 3, 1952 in Florida, a city in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She began as a student of Architecture at the University of Buenos Aires and studied art in the studio of the famous Argentine painter Martinez Howard. In her youth, Patrich became highly motivated by their principles the Spartacus movement, an important art movement in Argentina. During her forced exile from Argentina, she lived in Israel, Spain, Cuba and Mexico, where she attended the School of Art and Design.

Today, Patrich is an accomplished painter, muralist, print maker and sculptor. Throughout her career, she has been awarded important prizes. Among the most noted we find the 1995 Commendation from The House of Commons (Ottawa, Canada), the Lieutenant Governor's Award (BC, Canada) in 1996, and the Nomination for the Woman of Distinction Award - YMCA (Vancouver, BC, Canada) in the year 2001. Her work is widely exhibited and forms part of the permanent collection of different museums and selected institutions around the world, such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Simon Fraser University (Canada), the Museum of Modern Art (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and the Museum of the National Palace of Guatemala. Since 1982, Patrich has made her home in Vancouver, Canada. She currently divides her time between her studios in Vancouver and Buenos Aires.


Nora Patrich understands her role as an artist in the widest possible sense. She does not limit herself to the creation of beautiful images for the pleasure of the aesthete; that is only part of the equation: Patrich creates beauty, records history, and, when necessary, denounces injustice. A feminist in essence, women are a principal and constant presence in her work. We see them through Patrich’s eyes as the pillars of society in their many pivotal roles: as mothers, sisters, workers, friends and lovers.

Nora Patrich’s figures are characterized by a monumental simplicity that reveals cross-cultural references, that of the Pre-Columbian art of both South and North America. As well, her inclination towards architecture is shown in the architectural conformation of her human faces: the arches that house the eyes, the bridges that form the nose. Over all, her human figures are created with great sensitivity and are impregnated with human emotion; be that sadness, compassion, tenderness, love or passion, we cannot help but to be touched by them.

Marissa Consiglieri de Chackal B.A., M.A

“Restrained, smoldering passion, tense serenity, strong but not garish hues, smooth, bronze skins that almost demand being caressed, feline self-assurance subtly shimmers in each canvas like an exotic fragrance from the Americas' jungles' deepest recesses. The passion explodes with the vision of a man and a woman locked in an indivisible, charring embrace. More of these would have set the gallery on fire."
Alfredo Cernadas Quesada