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Max
Ginsburg
ARC Living Master™
artist & teacher
born 1931

Citizenship:
American


Biographical Information

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
www.ginsburgillustration.com

To purchase a copy of Max Ginsburg's Retrospective book, , please click here.

   Books and Related Products About This Artist

Unemployed On Line

-2013
Oil on Canvas
101.6 x 203.7 cm
(40" x 80.2")
Private collection

Added: 2014-03-04

In this painting I am concerned with 'good' and 'evil', the 'have nots' and the 'haves', not as a metaphor but in my real time. Corporate profits are soaring while the majority of people are losing their jobs, their homes and their civil rights are being restricted. - Max Ginsburg

Foreclosure

-2011
Oil
101.6 x 165.1 cm
(40" x 65")
Private collection

Added: 2011-12-13
Bus Stop

-2010
Oil
127 x 182.88 cm
(50" x 72")
Private collection

Added: 2011-12-13
Crossroads

-2008
Oil
66.04 x 101.6 cm
(26" x 40")
Private collection

Added: 2011-12-13
The Discussion

-2007
Oil
101.6 x 81.28 cm
(40" x 32")
Private collection

Added: 2011-12-13
War Pieta

-2007
Oil
101.6 x 152.4 cm
(40" x 60")
Private collection

Added: 2011-12-13
Coffee Break

-2007
Oil
45.72 x 40.64 cm
(18" x 16")
Private collection

Added: 2011-12-13
The Beggar

-2009
Oil
63.5 x 45.72 cm
(25" x 18")
Private collection

Added: 2011-12-13
Peace March

-2007
Oil
121.92 x 182.88 cm
(48" x 72")
Private collection

Added: 2011-12-13
Nannies and Kids

-2003
Oil
101.6 x 81.28 cm
(40" x 32")
Private collection

Added: 2011-12-13