The Israeli ceramic sculptor Ella Becker was born in the former Soviet Union, Baku, Azerbaijan. Since childhood, she has been exposed to different cultures. This sharpened her ability to observe details, to identify and to respect the existence of the different. She received her Master of Architecture degree from the Baku University School of Architecture and attended a post-graduate course of classic animation under the guidance of outstanding Moscow masters.
The urge to create has always been a part of her. Her neighbors were her first customers, when still in high school, she tried herself in repoussé (metal embossing) and painting. But it wasn’t until she started working with clay animation that she was captivated by the turn of a pottery wheel that helped create an object of art from clay, the oldest natural building and art material. For Ella Becker, working with mud is an experience similar to meditation; it allows her to unleash her inner potential and create a sensual world, where material, color, and movement transform to new senses and emotions. Inspired by the complexity of the nature, she merges various animal forms with human body transforming animal subjects into human psychological portraits. These animalistic creatures provoke the mind to look beyond reality into the realm of the imagination.
Ella Becker held a solo exhibition called Shards of Life: Ceramics by Ella Becker at Eshkol Hapayis Gallery in Ramat Gan, Israel. She was part of the following group exhibitions: Imagination in Bank Hapoalim Center, Tel Aviv; Israeli Artists from Azerbaijan and North Caucasus in Exhibition Hall at the Jerusalem House of Quality organized by Skizze Gallery; Ceramics Art at Meyerhoff Art Education Center in Tel Aviv, ART WORKS Ausstellungsleitung Deutschland Munich, Gallery in Trade center Amiad at the Jaffa-Tel Aviv. Her work is in private collections in Israel, Russia, Azerbaijan, Germany, Canada, and the United States.