HOWARD SCHWARTZBERG

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Bio:
            Howard Schwartzberg was born in 1965 in Coney Island, Brooklyn. He received his BFA from Pratt Institute and his Masters in Education from the University of New England, Maine. Schwartzberg began showing work in 1990 and has been in several group shows in New York, including the Drawing Center and Stux Gallery. He has had solo exhibitions at Momenta Art, Silverstein Gallery, Dorsky Gallery and most recently at 57W57Arts in New York City. In 1999 the artist created “Surface”, a large environmental earthwork in Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY. During his tenure as a New York City high school art teacher, he has developed site-specific art programs for hundreds of children, including those living in group homes, family shelters, drug rehabilitation centers and youth detention centers. In 1999, Schwartzberg received the New York City Art Teachers Association/UFT Honorary Art Educators Award in the High School Category.      

After a twenty-year period of focusing his art making with education, in 2020, Schwartzberg is set to retire from the New York City Public School System. In 2016, he started his painting practice once again and looks forward to exhibiting and sharing his work around the world.  

Statement:

              My approach has always been to rearrange and rethink traditional parameters of what a painting is and how it’s made, while using the same inherited materials within the dialect of painting. The canvas is elevated beyond a substrate. At times, the canvas is a container, a physical support holding the weight of painting, or a bandage, protecting and covering the paint as if it’s an article of clothing. The textile qualities of the canvas are emphasized, as it is mended, sewn or glued together, interacting with paint and wood in multiple ways. In my work, paint has form and volume that protrudes from the wall; maintaining a formal aspect of painting, its surface is flat with monochrome color, seeping through the applied canvas. As a result of using this reverse brainstorming technique in my process, my paintings are sculptural, entering into the viewer’s space.