Ruth Oron

Ruth Oron


As a young girl growing up in a kibbutz in Israel, I was fascinated with the beauty and strangeness of African Art and also loved the compassionate sculptures of Rodin. Looking at these works, I felt more composed but didn’t know why.

In 1973, I came to New York City. Four years later, I began to study Aesthetic Realism, the education founded by the American philosopher and poet Eli Siegel. Studying Aesthetic Realism is the greatest thing that happened to me: it made my life happy and rich with meaning. Learning that there was a fight in me, and in everyone—affecting every aspect of our lives, every choice we make—between the desire to like the world, respect what’s different from ourselves, and the desire to have contempt, to “lessen…what is different from oneself as a means of self-increase as one sees it,” brought out expression that I didn’t know was in me.

As a result of my study of Aesthetic Realism, my conviction about social justice, what will make for peace in the Middle East, and the need to learn from art how we want to be, made possible an original seeing and a use of my mind as an essayist and sculptor which I am very proud of. My education continues in professional classes with Ellen Reiss, Chairman of Education, whom I consider one of the greatest educators of all time. I am honored to be learning from her.

My articles about peace in the Middle East, art, motherhood and the family, current events and the cause of Nazism and the Holocaust, have been published in US Newspapers. I am also a contributor to the book Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism (Orange Angle Press, 2004).

For over 35 years I have been studying drawing in The Art of Drawing: Surface & Depth class, first taught by the renowned teacher Chaim Koppelman and now taught by Marcia Rackow. The class is based on this great principle, stated by Eli Siegel:

“All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”

I also love learning in the “Critical Inquiry: A Workshop in the Visual Arts” based on the same principle, and taught by Dorothy Koppelman, which has had a tremendously good effect on my life and work, encouraging my expression as a sculptor.


Ruth Oron