Max Ginsburg is a New York artist whose paintings are extremely realistic in form and content. His paintings explore the range of daily human life, concerned as much with life's ironies and social injustices, as with its many joys. Issues of war and peace, racism and the inhumanity of man have been a major focus in his art.
"The son of a painter, Ginsburg studied art at New York City's famed High School of Music and Art and then at Syracuse University. He earned his living as a commercial artist from 1955 to 1960, and then acquired a full-time teaching job at New York City's High School of Art and Design from 1960 until 1981.
Ginsburg worked as an illustrator from 1980 until 2004, achieving particular success painting covers for novels.
Growing up during the Depression in the Jewish neighborhood of Boro Park, Ginsburg witnessed racism against Jews, blacks and other non-whites.
His youth also was shaped by the unfolding horrors of World War II, and both anti-war and civil-rights themes show up repeatedly in his work.
Every pedestrian's face wears a telling expression, and every action commands scrutiny as a mini drama unfolds across the canvas.
These are the endeavors of a deft and prolific painter whose career spans more than 55 years and whose works are praised as political and social commentaries recognizing the struggles of everyday citizens."
- Quote taken from an article by Rebecca Sloan titled An artist for the underdog at the Butler, Published: Sun, September 18, 2011
He has exhibited widely and won many awards. In addition to solo exhibitions including a 2011 retrospective exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art and The Salmagundi Club, his work has been included in Butler Institute Midyear shows, a National Academy of Design Biennial, an Academy of Arts and Letters (Hassam Competition), the Museum of the City of New York (Exhibition of paintings about New York), the Christophers, the Art Renewal Center, the Society of Illustrators and the New York Historical Society . His work is also in the collections of museums such as the New Britain Museum, The Art Renewal Center, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Society of Illustrators.
He was also one of America's foremost illustrators, and he taught for forty years at the School of Visual Arts, the Art Students League and the High School of Art and Design. Ginsburg still teaches workshops and classes in his spare time. If you are interested in taking one of these courses, click here
To read a review of the 2010/2011 International Salon Competition and Max Ginsburg's Best in Show
, click here
To view more of his work and for more information see his web sites: www.maxginsburg.com
To purchase a copy of Max Ginsburg's Retrospective book, , please click here.