ABRAHAM ELTERMAN BIOGRAPHY



[ Education | Solo Exhibitions | Group Exhibitions | Awards | Bibliography ]



Artist Statement

Never before have we been exposed to the power of the image quite like today. Glossy magazine pages, sleek TV commercials, building size billboards, all conspire to define what we are, what we want and what we want to become. The icons of our times are generated by fashion, advertisement, and the phenomenon of the celebrity.

I am often amazed by the awesome power of the commercial images we confront daily. In producing my current work, I have—subconsciously at first, deliberately thereafter—adopted some of the vocabulary of this imagery. Oversized shapes, shimmering surfaces, sensuous forms are some of the features my images share with their commercial counterparts.

Even though the imagery is influenced by advertisement techniques, their true source lies in the fertile battleground between morality and the dark forces that inhabit our beings. Specifically, they address a question that has intrigued me for as long as I can remember; how to reconcile, if at all, what we are with what we wish we were. Both comforting and disturbing, the paintings represent the struggle that this question entails. The thoughts expressed in the titles are complementary to this pursuit (the titles are not to be taken as literal descriptions of particular images); my hope is that, taken as a group, they help the viewer enter the emotional realm from which the work emerges.



Born Mexico City, 1949

EDUCATION

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1985
University of Califomia, Berkeley, Ph.D., Biophysics, 1983
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1973
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, B.Sc., Physics, 1972



ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2000
Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1994
Poliforum Siqueiros, Mexico City

1993
Step Gallery, New York, N.Y.

1991
Back to the Picture Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1989
North Light Gallery, Gualala, CA

1987
Bluxome Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1986
"Introductions '86", Bluxome Gallery, San Francisco, CA



GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2000
72nd Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, Sacramento, CA, Juried by Karen Tsujimoto, Senior Curator of Art, Oakland Museum of California

1994
Bienal de Pintura Mexicana y Chicana del Pueblo de Los Angeles", Traveling Exhibition, Los Angeles, Mexico
"I4th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show", Stamford, CT, Juried by Clare Bell, Assistant Curator, Guggenheim Museum
"Passion", Riverhead, N. Y. and Albany, N.Y., Juried by Ann Philbin, Director, Drawing Center New York City
"Expo XIII", Huntington, N. Y., Juried by Phyllis Braff, New York Times Art Critic
Works on Paper, Instituto de Artes Visuais, Palacio Pombal, Lisbon, Portugal Invitational Exhibition
Noho Gallery, New York City, N. Y., Juried by Judd Tully, Art Critic

1993
"New Directions '93", Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Juried by A. Weinberg, Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art
"Bay Arts 1993", Belmont, CA, Juriedby Rupert Garcia

1986
"Fifth Year Anniversary Exhibition", Bluxome Gallery, San Francisco
"New Space, New Art", Bluxome Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1985
"Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame", Artists' Gallery , California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

1983
"Bay Arts 1983", Belmont, CA, Juried by Jay de Feo



AWARDS

1994
Honorable Mention, Bienal de Pintura Mexicana Y Chicana del Pueblo de Los Angeles
Award of Merit, Annual Faber Birren Color Award Show



BIBLIOGRAPHY

1994
Phyllis Braff, New York Time Art Critic, Exhibition Catalogue, Poliforum Siqueiros, June 1994
"Dos Muestras en Poliforum Cultural Siqueiros", Reforma, Mexico, June 14, 1994
"Abraham Elterman: Armonia En El Orden Del Microcomos", Evento Politico, Mexico July 1994
"Se inauguro La Muestra de Pintura Orden Vital", El Heraldo de Mexico, June 21,1994
"Hoy en La Cultura", TV Channel22, Mexico, June 14,1994
"Noticiero Cultural", TV Channel II, Mexico, June 16, 1994
Helen Harrison, "Depicting Passion in Its Many Guises and Garbs", The New York Times, March 2O, 1994
Helen Harrison, "Expo XIII", The New York Times, March20, 1994
Eliz;abeth Wix, "Provocative and Lyrical Meditations," New York Newsday, March 18, 1994



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