American abstract expressionist Michael Goldberg, born in the Bronx, New York in 1924. Goldberg was a gifted student graduating from high school at the age of 14. He began taking art classes at the Art Students League and at Hans Hofmann’s School of Fine Art. It was during these formative years that Michael Goldberg developed a passion of the Jazz music of Harlem which would become a major component reflected in his paintings. Goldberg served in WWII and was awarded both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service as an Army Master Sargent in North Africa, Burma, and India.
Following the war, Goldberg traveled to Venezuela, but returned to New York shortly thereafter and resumed his studies in New York. His first public showing of his work was in 1951 at the Ninth Street Show which also featured artists Hofmann, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Willem de Kooning, who was very influential to Michael Goldberg. Other artist who influenced him were by Roberto Matta and Arshile Gorky By the 1960’s, Goldberg’s had become very well known. He purchased a nice large studio in Lower Manhattan from fellow abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. Goldberg is known for his highly gestural canvases that express movement and action. He was an artist always evolving and experimenting. Creative phases included monochromatic and minimalist works, grids, calligraphic images and patterned paintings.
Michael Goldberg passed away while in Manhattan in 2007 due to a heart attack. His work appears in numerous permanent collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, Jerusalem; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.