The New York art community has lost a very special muse; the one and only Aviva. Friend and inspiration to many, Aviva was a prominent, charismatic presence, and there is hardly an artist in our area without a sketch or drawing of Aviva in his/her portfolio.
I’m glad I knew Aviva. My most special memory of her is when I was working the long Saturday night drawing session at Spring Studios. Desperate to add an interesting detail to the pose, I put a big red flower in my hair that I bought from the deli across the street. Aviva was there that night, and we talked during the break. I asked her about the flower, and she said warmly, “You look great up there! Just do what you do. People respond, that’s what it’s all about”. Her comments bolstered my confidence and validated my work. When I went back up to the platform to pose again, Aviva winked at me, and I felt good.
We have lost Aviva in life, but her modeling lives on forever, as subject and muse to countless drawings and paintings of so many artists for so many years.
Here’s Aviva by Fred: