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MIRKA MORA: Prominent French-born Australian visual artist

Calla Lily ArtArleen Solomon Rotchin3 Comments

She has contributed significantly to the development of contemporary art in Australia.  Her mediums include painting, sculpture and mosaics.

Mirka Mora was born March, 1928 to a Lithuanian Jewish father, Leon Zelik and a Romanian Jewish mother, Celia ‘Suzanne’ Gelbein.  

She was arrested in 1942 during the Rafle du Vel’ d’Hiv but her father managed to arrange for her release from the concentration camp before she and her mother were scheduled to be deported to Auschwitz.  The family evaded arrest and deportation from 1942-1945 by hiding in the forests of France.