alex zwarenstein

 
 

Realist painter Alex Zwarenstein is famous for painting the structural architecture of New York City and the characters that people it. Zwarenstein works in various mediums including oil, gouache and watercolor and his palette is vibrantly punctuated with contrasting surfaces of opaqueness and translucency.

Zwarenstein was born in 1952 in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). At the age of 17, he left Africa for London, England. Zwarenstein spent 3 years studying art at the Royal Academy of Art in London where he received a Master’s Degree in painting and was a recipient of several awards including a William Turner Traveling Scholarship.  Zwarenstein spent another 10 years working, teaching and developing his style, in London, before moving to the U.S.

Zwarenstein's professional experience includes working as an instructor of painting in London, England at the Harrow College of Art, and in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the National Academy of Design and the Art Students' League. For several years Zwarenstein also worked as a cover illustrator for publications such as Forbes Magazine and the National Review before having his first solo exhibition in 1998 at the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in New York City. Since then he has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Alex Zwarenstein's work is among the collections of the Museum of the City of New York, the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, the New York Stock Exchange and the London City Council to name a few.



EDUCATION:

M.F.A. Royal Academy of Art, London.         
B.A.HON. Kingston on Thames Polytechnic

AWARDS:
THE RECIPIENT OF THE BIENNIAL ROYAL ACADEMY  GOLD MEDAL IN PAINTING     1979                  
      William Turner Traveling scholarship    1979     
      Edward Landseer Prize    1979     
      David Murray Prize     1978     
      Eric Kennington Prize for drawing    1977     
      Armitage Award     1976     
      Edward Stott Scholarship           1975     
                   
     
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: One Man Shows.           
      OK Harris Gallery    2012     
      The E. David Gallery, Pennsylvania    2007     
      Art Obsession Gallery, Tokyo.      2005, 2006, 2007     
      Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago.    2004     
      Alysia Duckler Gallery. Portland Oregon    2004     
      Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York     2005     
      Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York     2003     
      Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York     2001     
      Alysia Duckler Gallery. Portland Oregon    2001     
      Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York     2000     
      Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York     1988                       
     
GROUP SHOWS:          
    Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York    2008     
    Albermarle Gallery, London    2003     
    Moranda Gallery, Aspen, Colorado    1999     
    Royal Academy of Art Summer Show    1978-1980


TEACHING INSTITUTIONS:           
    The National Academy of  Design     1989- currently     
    Art Students League of New York  currently    2006 - currently     
    Fashion Institute of  Technology, New York      1994     
    Harrow College of Art, University of London    1979-1983     
                        
SELECTED COLLECTIONS:
        The Museum Of The City Of New York
        The New York Stock Exchange
        The London City Council
        Texas Tech  University Public Art Collection
        Collection Of  The San-In Godo Bank, Japan
        The National Gallery of Art of Zimbabwe
        The Baronet, Sir James Walker collection
        Sir Freddy Laker
        John Bookout, (Past C.E.O. Shell Oil)
        Richard Furlaud, (Past Chairman of Squib)                    
        Frank Bennack,  (Past C.E.O. Hearst Corp)
        Matsushige Mita, ( President Hitachi Corp)
        J.W. Michaels, ( Retired Editor, Forbes Magazine)
        Abraham Art collection, Texas
        Gettinger Art Collection, New York
        The Yamaguchi Collection
    
PUBLICATION AND ARTICLES:           
    Broadcast: National Geographic Special: Water towers of New York 2002
    New York Times: Art In Soho 2002
    Feature Article; THE OREGONIAN. Alex Zwarenstein: Partisan of the perpendicular    2001
    BOOK:  The Materials and Techniques of Painting 1981
    Forbes Magazine: Cover Artist 1984-88
    New American Painters 1989
    Interview with Alex Zwarenstein, 'Art Interview 'on line 1986.

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