Art by Netiva YouTube of my Benin exhibit
"The true artist sees the harmony, the wholeness, the tendencies toward perfection in things everywhere." -Guggenheimer, Creative Vision 1950

What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real. -Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Poet (1861-1941)

Many of my paintings can be found here and in this site by a student.

My art powerpoint presentation shown at the Florida exhibit in Orlando, 2004, my recent Neiu-lib art exhibit (Jan. 2007) and the previous (Feb. 2005) exhibit at Northeastern Illinois University.

A word on art and its meaning by David Caftori, my father, a great Israeli artist, selected as the artist of the year 1999 in Israel. My father passed away Dec. 17th, 2001, but left us with a wealth of creative knowledge in his paintings and his spirit that keeps on guiding me.

See a video (not there now) on Real Audio of David Caftori's exhibit at Oakton College in the late 80's

and a more recent exhibit of his pastel and water colors in Israel in July 2000.

My father and I

Caftori's art by my student Namo.

I, Netiva, his daughter, also use a rich palate of colors and a free hand to translate the emotions within and transform them into sometimes mystical sometimes humoristic forms on paper or canvas. My media is pastel, oil, acrylic, earth colors from West Africa, and other materials found on my paths. I enjoy sharing of my art with others and that's why some of it is displayed here. Recently I have been illustrating children books like Death comes, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and Death comes 7.

You may now view:

[A done with pastels and markers on paper (took me several days--can you see the hidden woman?) This painting is in the collection of Jeffrey Fenner, 1998 What is art but a way of seeing? -Thomas Berger, writer (1924- )
  • Women--An image done on the computer (took me a couple of minutes -- What do you think of the difference?)

    Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun. -Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

    I started painting during my year in Paris, 1991-92, being influenced by my surroundings, my father's visit (an artist), and having so much free time on my hands.

    My art is mostly abstract, mixed media (markers, pastels, chalk), oil or acrylic, on paper or canvas, and is distinguished by the very rich palate of colors I use.

    In 1994 I started sculpting in stone, at the studio of Omri Amrani, using pneumatic tools in addition to painting.

    During my sabbatical year, 1995-1996, I moved to sculpting figures in clay at Evanston Art Center, then worked on my first piece in beech wood, at the studio of Elliott Balter, using mostly a cheasel and hammer. I have recently finished there my first marble stone both by hand and using electrical tools after three alabaster and one wood sculpture, 1998.

    In 1995-96 I also learned intaglio printing and monoprint at the North Shore Art League. I continued there some more in 2002. My etchings are very different than my original Parisian works.

    The following are a few of my works of art:

    • My first sculpture in alabaster, [stone "Chercher la Femme" (can you find the women again?), may be seen here; It weighs about 50 lbs and is 18"x8"x9".
    • A painting I did in Brussels "Story" in pastels and markers. It tells a story.
    • My first painting [L'attente "L'attente du plaisir", all in markers. Dec. 1991.
    • My second painting [Sexuality] "Sexuality", also all in markers and some chalk.
    • Children especially like my [2 Nymphs, one of my few figurative paintings.
    • But I like [Feet Feet .
    • See Beauty, a painting I did in 1994 with markers.
  • Weaved monoprint weaved monoprint
    See comment by Herb.
  • scraped blackboardWhite and black women
  • dream-like artmy best etching.
  • Robin & Mark with my paintings.
  • he-she
  • Marble sculpture Summer 1998. I don't plan on touching marble after this one. Too hard. Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything. ...Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863)
    Woman in acrylic on canvas, 1998
    My art exhibit, September 1998, at the Bean Counter Cafe in Evanston. With a few friends.
    Couple Acrylic on canvas, 1998
    Dolphins 1999
    He and SheChalk on paper, 1998Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art - Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)
    Bound coupleChalk on paper, 1988
    Electricity Chalk on paper It is your working life that is the ultimate education. - Pablo Picasso.
    TargetAcrylic on canvas. One of my favorites. 1998. man posing Man posing, sold to Shelley Collins.
    Dancing Heart Chalk on paper, 1998
    Markers on paper, 1998
    She was my friend Melissa Woman
    Crayons on paper, 1998
    Cats Markers on paper, 1998
    To life! (lehaiim) Markers, 1992
    Waves Acrylic, 2'x3', 1999
    flower buds Acrylic, 2'x3', 1999
    My unfinished painting at my father's studio in Israel Oil, 1.5x1.5m, 1999
    Starting a new painting in my father's studio in Israel Oil, 1.5x1.5m, 1999
    Dinosaures Acrylic, 2'x3', 1999
    Moon light Acrylic, 2'x3', 1999
    A woman figure Acrylic, 2'x3', 1999
    Rainbow Acrylic, 2'x3', 1999
    Chalk, 1998
    ButtonsAcrylic, 2'x3', 2000. My favorite
    eight etchings in one at Lorie's officepressed on paper 2'x3", 1996
    woman figure
    Priestly blessingsAcrylic on paper, 2'x3', 1998, in the collection of Steve Teicher, Florida.
    ReclinedAcrylic on canvas, 2'x3', 2000, sold to Lynn Leftwich
    Sea weedsAcrylic on paper, 1999
    BirdsEtching on paper, 1996.
    Birds and fishEtching on paper, 1996. same as above.
    AbstractEtchings on paper, 1996.
    YearningEtchings on paper, 1996.
    Shana TovaEtchings on paper, 1996.
    Our fatherEtchings on paper, 1996.
    Storm at seaPastels on paper, 1996.
    Copy shopPastels on paper, 1997.
    LinesPastels on paper, 1997.
    Near my painting in my father's studio, 1999.
    Tiger Acrylic on canvas, 2'x3', 1998.
    Whirl Acrylic and char coal on canvas, 2'x1', 1999.
    Sureal -- Markers and chalks on paper, 1993,

    bought by Delly and Steve Teicher
    Dancers is also in the Teicher's collection.

    acrylic on canvasBig Blue

    Three clay figures Beech wood sculpture Women of the sea Plant's hand Clay bust
    Clay bust on piano mezuza stained glass Wild and tame Red alabaster
    The tame side Teal swirl Acrylic nudes Chercher la femme White alabaster
    Don't cry over him Brown nude Desire Flow, 3'x5', oil on canvas, 2002 My first oil on canvas


  • If you have Real Audio you may see a video of my art as part of a group exhibit by sculptors from the Omri Amrani's studio, Nov. 1994, downtown Chicago.
  • Several group exhibits with the skokie Guild at the Skokie library and other places. Also group exhibit by the north shore art league in Winnetka.
  • Sept 95, my first solo exhibit at the Bean Counter cafe on Central Street in Evanston. Sept. 98 and Jan. 2000 again in the Bean Counter cafe.
  • Father and daughter exhibit at the Lincolnwood bank, 1996
  • Three generations exhibit at Lasalle Talman bank in Niles, Feb. 1997
  • October, 1997, art exhibit at the library of Northeastern Illinois university. I hope you saw it...
  • 1900 Central My art exhibit, September 1998, at the Bean Counter Cafe in Evanston.

    With a few friends.

  • January 2000, another solo exhibit at the Bean Counter Cafe in Evanston.
  • February 2003, caribou Coffee and the Book Stall, (Elm and Chestnut) in Winnetka, group exhibit, by the North Shore Art league.
  • Art gallery on the net
  • In Benin, West Africa, February 2004, I've exhibited with 4 Beninese artists at the American cultural Center in Cotonou.
  • At UCF in Florida, an art exhibit for 5 weeks from Oct. 4th, 2004.
  • At the library atNortheastern Ill. University, Feb. 2005
  • Group Jewish art exhibit, May 7th, 2005.
  • Group art exhibit of miniatures at Frames in South Loop, Chicago, June 2005.
  • Again at the NEIU library, Jan. 2007.
  • Some art from nature

    What is art? Nature concentrated. -Honore de Balzac, novelist (1799-1850)
  • bananas, 10/20/2000
  • and a pear, 10/20/2000
  • and a cantaloup, 10/20/2000
  • fall leaves,
  • Pond, 10/20/2000
  • Pond covered with leaves, 10/20/2000
  • Screen, 10/20/2000
  • like a painting :)

    "The beautiful artistic form is only for the eyes, and does not correspond to reality." -M. Ibn Ezra, Shirat Yisrael 1924.

    There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do. -Anais Nin (1903-1977) [The Diary of Anais Nin]...

    I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream. -Vincent van Gogh, artist (1853-1890)

    The poem of the month with my Flames painting.     My latest purchase of Dali

    The following may remind you of...kissing... I shut my eyes in order to see. -Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) ~ ~ ~ "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can." Danny Kaye

    What is reality? See my thoughts about my art

    Three of my etchings

    Clock work orange

    Dark fish

    My 1st alabaster sculpture

    Adam and Eve, an etching, 2002, 9"x12".

    Spread Your Wings, Blue on black, etching, 2002...My favorite.

    Spread Your Wings, Blue on grey, etching, 2002.

    Spread Your Wings, Blue on red, etching, 2002. "You won't know to what hights you will soar, until you spread your wings.


    African art:

    Pozo's best painting, Benin, Africa.
    Some of my friend Julien Degan's art.
    Pauline Degan 's batik.
    Yves Pede's art in Abomey, Benin.
    Art by Simplice, a friend from Porto-Novo, Benin. See more of his art.
    Paris Sylvin Kouton, A Beninese artist and friend.

    Other art by friends and others

    My daughter Carolyn's art.
    My friend Marie-Christine's painting.
    Daniel Perez work. Also another one by this French artist.
    Apple and paint brush woman by Judy Schneider, an old student of mine.
    Changing drawing
    Stained glass international biennial
    Another stained glass by Suzanne, of my tree picture on Eric's book L'homme de Bois.
    Korean art in Chicago.
    Ruth Eckstein, from Evanston.
    And some paintings from Keith Wigdor:
  • Enigma
  • Japanese-Art
  • Butterfly Metamorphisis
  • With red 
sculpture and an etching behind me

    Invitation by John Finnegan

                A slide show of my art by Yayi.
    My art by Lidar until he graduates and his page disappears:(

    See my sketchbook #2 and a few black and white drawings.

    The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before, and he does it without destroying something else. -John Updike, writer (1932- )

    ce n'est pas le combat qui nous oblige d'etre artistes, c'est l'art qui nous pousse a combattre - (it's not the struggle that makes us be artists, but Art that makes us struggle) - Albert Camus (19 - 19 )

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    In my father's studio
    Check my late father's paintings
        with my mom
        My mother's poetry.
    My African art done in 2003-04 include:
  • Birds, earth colors on canvas.
  • Mother and children, owned by Sandy and Jack Turner.
  • Kiss or Love, owned by Pauline and Julien Degan.
  • Some paintings at my exhibit in Cotonou.
  • red-bird, left with my friend Paris.
  • Big bird donated to Adjohoun orphelin's house.
  • Nursing, left with IMSP.
  • Rounds , bought by Ralph, Porto-Novo.
  • Dancing, also left at IMSP.
  • See my paintings from the 90's:

    See my Picassa album

    Last updated on 7/27/11