Nava Waxman is an Israeli-born Canadian artist who lives and works in Toronto. Drawing upon diverse means of expression, including painting, drawing, photography, performance, video, objects, and installation. The main themes in her work are movement, temporality, and gestures. Her work examines how notions of liminality, diaspora, and in-betweenness are experienced in the perspective and context of culture, identity, and the creative process. 

Her current research has been granted a York University’s Graduate Scholarship and the Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholarship Award from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2016, Nava was awarded the Canada Art Council Travel Grant for her collaborative project “Elements Of Chance”. In 2018, she was awarded the Ontario Art Council Exhibition Assistance Grant for her solo project “Choreographed Marks” at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.



Nava Waxman





2018 - MFA in Visual Arts, York University, Toronto, Canada


2007 - Toronto School of Art


1999 - BA  Social Sciences & Communication - OPEN University, Tel-Aviv


2019 Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master's SSHRC

2018 Ontario Art Council - Exhibition Assistance Grant

2017 Ontario Art Council - Exhibition Assistance Grant

2016 Canada Council for the Arts - Travel Grant Recipient

Teaching experience

2019 Teaching Assistant, York University, Toronto (Photography)

2019 Teaching Assistant, York University, Toronto (History Of Design)


Selected Solo exhibition

2019  Choreographed Marks, The Varley Art Gallery of Markham


2018  Polyphonies, Sheldon Rose Gallery, Toronto

2016  Untitled wall, WallSpace Gallery, Ottawa


2015  Traces - Julie MGallery, Toronto


2014  Rituals - WallSpace Gallery, Ottawa Canada


2013  Personifications - JulieM Gallery, Toronto, Canada Catalogue


2011  Connections Within Context,  Anong Beam & Nava Waxman - - Earl Court Gallery, Hamilton.


2009  Elephants, Engine Gallery, Toronto, Canada


2009  Inscriptions, Work on Paper,  Pennello Gallery, Cleveland


2008  Daily Habit, The Blue Dot Gallery, Toronto




selected Group Exhibition


2020 Wave, The Varley Art Gallery of Markham 

2019  Between States - Special Project Gallery, York University


2017  Space Within, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto


2015  Migratory Cyclical, JulieM Gallery, Toronto


2014  Women in the Art, St. Stephan Cultural Centre - Rome, Italy


2012  Contemporary Women Artists XVI – Women’s Caucus for Art, St. Louis, USA


2012 Koan – ARTROM Gallery, Rome, Italy


2011  Spiritual Essence - ARTROM Gallery, Rome, Italy


2011  Consequential Fusion: Message In Wax - Art Centre Morro Bay, CA


2011 Diary Pieces,The Art House, Wakefield, England


2011  Leave Light On - Hovinkartano Art Centre, Hauho, Finland


2007  Insomnia - RedHead Gallery, Toronto, Canada


2007  Discovered - Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada


2007  The Legacy of the Circle -McKay Art Centre, Markham Canada




Collaborative projects

2019 - Variations on Blue Gestures, Practice based research, Nava Waxman, Cinzia Cavalieri, Mahsa Alikhani, Sebastian Oreamuno

2018  Knowing River - Body Notes , Sheldon Rose Gallery, Ronley Teper, Lo Bil, Nava Waxman

2017  Three strings - Interventions, Alfred Institute, Tel-Aviv Uri Levinson, Adaya Godlevesky and Shlomit Carmeli


2016  Transitions, Adaya Godlevesky - Petach-Tikva Museum of art, Israel


2016  Elements Of Chance - Interventions, Draw To Perform Symposium, CrowsNest Gallery 2016, London 


2016 Möbius, Ram Samocha, OCAD University, Toronto.


2016 At your Sonic, For, Tomoki Takeuchi & Paris zhang & Nava Waxman, Toronto


2016 Sonic for String, Adaya Godlevsky, Petach-Tikva Museum of Art, Israel 2015  Repetition Five, Gallery 151, Brussels, Belgium


2015 “Between Intimacy and Architecture” Artscape Young-place, Toronto.






Waymark: MFA Visual Art Digital Publication, York University, 2020


Gateways to Drawing by Stephen Gardner.  Nava Waxman: Elements Of Chance , 2018 Thames & Hudson


​Traces: Poems to Paintings By James Wagner and Nava Waxman, Ceratonia Siliqua Press, 2015


Black With Sin, Calmly with Virtue, By Seth Apter, North light books, 2011