Photo by Shana Menaker

     Sculptor and painter (focus on drawing) Noa Bornstein was born in San Rafael, California and grew up in Los Angeles.  She holds  a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Her sculpture is represented in Northern California by Sculpturesite. She moved to New York City in 1986, directly from Europe after a traveling show of drawing studies for her 100' L.A. mural showed at cultural institutions in Belgium and Vienna Austria. In New York she  completd a 90' mural commission for the Harlem Rehabilitation Center in 1987. Her work developed into 3 dimensions almost suddenly after the death of her father in 1994. She has related that, "perhaps it was only sculpture that could get at the changing shape of the cloud in my father's profile." Her  Duo show, "Survival of the Fittest" at P339 Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, November 2013, featured her life-size and miniature animal sculptures that were available to be touched. Bornstein's sculpture, Scapegoat, made from a bench, was available to sit on. Recent group exhibitions of drawings include "Discourse on Drawing, International Contemporary Drawing", at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, 2017.

    Her small bronze works, some with repositionable elements, were featured in, "Sculpture within Reach", at Sculptursite Gallery in Sonoma (August 2014). Recent New York and East Coast group exhibitions include, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2014) , Grounds for Sculpture's Toad Hall Gallery in Hamilton, NJ (2011), "Dreamwork" at the Centre for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, and Walter Randel Gallery, both in New York City (2009). Her sculptures have shown at the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in Florida.

     Bornstein’s intimate bronze sculptures have figured in public installations around the U.S. including in TriBeCa Park in lower Manhattan, sponsored by New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation (2000) and in Lakeland, Florida, sponsored by The Polk Museum of Art (2001). Other public installations appeared in downtown Summit, NJ (2005), and in Pearlstone Park, Baltimore, Maryland (2007).

     Bornstein's work has been cited and featured in Artnews, and in many major newspapers including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Brooklyn Skyline, The Denver Post, and Le Soir (Brussels). Her Los Angeles mural was featured in Art in America, Annual Guide, ’85-’86.  A recent profile of Bornstein and the impact of the mural was published in December 2012: Magritte in Los Angeles on KCET TV ONLINE

      Awards for Bornstein's sculpture include a First Place award from the Hecksher Museum (1996), the Knox Gallery Award for Cast Bronze from the North American Sculpture Biennial in Colorado (2000), and First Place for “Images of Social Justice, Small Works, Big Heart”, Saint Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, NY (2006). In 2012, she received a scholarship to study lithography at the Manhattan Graphics Center in NYC and created a limited edition based on her drawing, "Ach" (the word for "brother" in Arabic and Hebrew. The lithograph was included in an exhibition of prints at the Hollar Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, Fall 2013. Bornstein has been a friend-associate of Clay Space 1205, a ceramic collective in Brooklyn for 17 years where she has firing privileges and continues her education in clay.