Sarit Lichtenstein-Alter grew up in Mexico City, where she was born in 1961. In her youth she was deeply influenced by the paintings of David Alfaro Siqueiros and Frida Kahlo, but also very impressed by European and American painting such as the work of Jackson Pollock. Her education and training as painter and sculptor she received at reputable institutes in three different continents:
1980 – 1984 Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
1984 – 1986 Istituto Europeo di Design, Rome, Italy
1988 – 1990 Bezalel Art Academy, Jerusalem, Israel
Her first single or individual exhibition „Number A“ took place in 1989 in the Jerusalem Artist House. In the same year she was awarded a prize in a competition organized by the Japan Design Foundation, Osaka. The subject of the competition was the representation of the elements and Sarit Lichtenstein’s picture ”Fire“ convinced the jury
Since finishing her studies she has been a member of the Painters and Sculptors Association Israel and passes on her knowledge, both practical and theoretical, to art students of all ages. Having taken the step from learner to teacher very early on in her career, she continued her further education, developing and extending her special skills by actively participating in seminars in various museums and studios.
While living temporarily in Switzerland in 1990/91 she displayed the pictures entitled “Imaginary 1“ and “Imaginary 2“ and designed a stylised lotus blossom for the facade of the Kunsthausstube Eintracht, a guesthouse in Schwändi. The lotus blossom has in the meantime become the restaurant’s official logo
Since 1991 Sarit Lichtenstein has been living in Germany and has exhibited her work in Mannheim, Dinkelsbühl and other German cities. During this time she also continued to exhibit in Mexico City. In 1997 she participated once more in a group exhibition during the 8th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Osaka, Japan – this time with ”Print-works“. For the oil painting “Water Melons” she received the Centro Cultural – Casa Lamm – Prize in Mexico City in 1988.
Her pictures are painted in a free-painting style, which recalls the “dripping“ technique developed by Jackson Pollock. Sarit Lichtenstein uses the expression “action painting“ to describe the genesis of her art as a fleeting, spontaneous action. Colour is very much to the fore. The basic colours red, yellow and blue are applied unmixed to the canvas. In order to achieve contrast she makes use of complementary colours that lend spatiality and depth to her paintings. In addition, she avails of the etching and monotype techniques.
Her work is frequently light and cheerful even when it strikes the viewer as melancholy or reflective. Graphic elements blend masterfully with painting elements to focus on the subject under consideration. This is particularly evident in her confrontation with the word, with language, which she sometimes interprets in a concrete fashion and sometimes metaphorically. To this theme she has devoted an entire series of etchings and paintings.
In 2007 the artist participated in a seminar dealing with the themes Image and Text in the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Palma de Majorca, Spain and created an Artist-Book with artists from various countries. Since 2008 she has been a member of the Asociación de la Plástica de Garza García, A.C., Monterrey Nuevo León, México.
In 2009 she produced the series ”Circle of Independence“ consisting of 19 works in aquarelle and mixed techniques and focussing on the role played by factors such as ”Love“, ”Tolerance“ and ”Hope“ for the independence of the individual.
In cooperation with the Consulado General de México in Frankfurt am Main, Sarit Lichtenstein was responsible as project manager and curator between 2008 – 2010 for the realisation of ”México Contemporáneo“, an exhibition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence. The exhibition presents contemporary Mexican artists in Europe with the aim of supporting co-operation and cultural exchange between the continents.
In 2011 Sarit Lichtenstein was invited to the VIII. Biennale of Contemporary Art in Florence to present her series “Circle of Independence”.
Sarit Lichtenstein’s sense of obligation as an artist is closely linked to her concern for the disadvantaged and she is therefore active in the support and sponsorship of social projects such as Komen Deutschland e.V., an organization involved in the battle against breast cancer.
For many years her work has been acquired by art collectors all around the world.