Borrone Exhibit




 The paintings of Nora Reza offer an extended meditative experience of radiance. The abstract paintings are explorations of the rectangles and shifting boundaries that underlie all of her work and of the saturated colors that express her sensations of California light and place.  The Provence paintings comprise interiors and landscapes inspired by the surroundings of her ancient hilltown atelier in France and the brilliant light that so resembles the Palo Alto atmosphere.


Reza’s studies at Stanford in the 1970s and her passionate engagement with painting in the years that followed continue to suffuse her work after two decades of living, working, and exhibiting in France.  This show is an expression of tribute to her longtime friend, the late Nathan Oliveira, whom she enjoyed meeting at Café Borrone on her visits to Palo Alto.


Richard Newlin, author of Richard Diebenkorn:Works on Paper, has written about her work:

“Reza’s best work brings a Pacific Coast land’s end luminism together with Zen transcendentalism in a meditative, saturated and deeply personal vision…. Studied in the French origins of modernism and conditioned by the Western sublime tradition of the San Francisco Bay Area, Reza’s paintings are epigrams of intelligence and grace.”