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Matthew Adelberg is a 21-year-old realist figure painter living in Baltimore, Maryland. Adelberg’s fine arts education began at a relatively young age, shortly after his Bar Mitzvah. He attended Carver Center for Arts and Technology (a high school specializing in the visual arts), and studied painting in Colorado … Read More
Matthew Adelberg is a 21-year-old realist figure painter living in Baltimore, Maryland. Adelberg’s fine arts education began at a relatively young age, shortly after his Bar Mitzvah. He attended Carver Center for Arts and Technology (a high school specializing in the visual arts), and studied painting in Colorado with the Marie Walsh Sharpe Program. While studying abroad in Italy when he was just 16, he first encountered the Baroque era artist Caravaggio, whose philosophy on naturalism and realism has had a drastic impact on Adelberg’s work to this day. In 2011, Adelberg began working towards his B.F.A. degree at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), focusing his attention almost exclusively on painting the figure. He firmly believes that one must paint what they know, thus his imagery is inspired wholeheartedly by his childhood experiences with domestic violence and the mortality of those closest to him, including his own near-death experience. Adelberg considers himself to be an autobiographical artist, shedding light on issues of violence, faith, mortality, and morality, and his paintings tell stories and express feelings as both a form of self-exploration and catharsis. Read Less
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