Born in Prague, Andrea Dasha Reich was educated at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Now residing in the United States, Reich is known for creating her artwork using multifaceted layers of epoxy resin. Influenced by the beauty of Prague, Reich learned art at an early age. “My mother was an artist. She had many friends that visited us, and art was a daily agenda while I was growing up.” However, Reich states that she didn’t know she would be an artist until she was a teenager. “I was contemplating becoming an architect.”
Reich’s family left Prague and moved to Israel during her teenage years, where she first started painting. “ I was suddenly surrounded by ocean and amazing nature that completely overpowered all of my senses.” After graduating from college in Jerusalem, Reich moved to the United States hoping to study architecture at Cooper Union. Instead, Reich became involved with the fashion industry. She continued to paint in her free time, while also traveling to runway shows and researching new fabrics. “My love of art never left me, and I was hoping that one day I could devote myself fully to it. When it happened, I never looked back.”
As many artist’s work, Reich feels that her work has changed over time. “As I become more knowledgeable in resin, I have been able to create more complex paintings and now I’m doing sculptures also.”
Reich has featured several different collections, including the Marie Antoinette themed pieces. “The Marie Antoinette series was completely influenced from the movie directed by Sofia Coppola. Every scene, every color, every flower, made my mind race.”
Inspired by nature, Reich also tries to reflect on her life experiences that have played a role in her work. She recalls being influenced by the ruins of an old Mosque in Jerusalem, with broken tile reflecting in the sunlight.
Reich reflects on what she feels is some of the best advice given to her. “Keep doing what you love in the best way that you can, strive for excellence and keep experimenting without fear.”