Inside the Studio: Showdown Finalist Maurice Sapiro (US) (Saatchi Online)
Inside the Studio: Showdown Finalist Maurice Sapiro (US)
Maurice Sapiro at work in his studio.
Favorite material to work with? Oil paint.
How many years as an artist? 66 years.
What themes do you pursue? Atmosphere, light, mist, clouds, sunset, and pigment to achieve abstract elements when viewed up close.
Prefer to work with music or in silence? Nature has provided silence—I’m losing my hearing.
Where is your studio? In my home/studio/gallery.
Maurice Sapiro at his retrospective exhibition at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Where can we find you outside the studio? On the back deck, looking up into the sky.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist? Be true to your own vision!
Maurice’s painting “Apparition” was selected by internationally-acclaimed artist Chantal Joffe as one of the Top 10 Finalists in our Painted Faces Showdown competition.
Art school or self-taught? Self-taught.
If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do? Be a curator at The Tate Gallery.
Day job? I am a retired music educator, day and night I now paint.
What do you collect? Cameras.
Favorite contemporary artist? Gerhard Richter.
Favorite brush? A 3” blender made by Utrecht Linen Co.
Is painting dead? Not as long as I’m alive!
I’m sorry about your hearing, that must be a difficult challenge.
I like mist and clouds too. They naturally have such strong ephemeral qualities. 🙂
Enjoyed reading this interview. Great to get an insight into your fabulous work.
You make me smile, Maurice. 🙂
Its wonderful to see an artist at work.
I enjoyed reading this Q&A and seeing the images interspersed. Congratulations Maurice. I love your response to “Is painting dead?” Painting is in good hands! Regards, Philippa
Wow Maurice, fabulous interview and congratulations on Apparition – beautiful art as always. Wonderful read and nice to know you better! Happy Thanksgiving.
Thank you, Mary, and wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Congratulations on your feature here! Your work and words are rich with color and texture…
Thank you, Michelle.
I am so thrilled to see your work getting so much highly deserved media attention. I loved reading more about you.
As always, inspiring, gorgeous work! : )
Thank you Karen, you are a gem!
Congratulations for this well-deserved recognition, Maurice!
Keep creating so we can continue enjoying your work.
Thank you, Bellanda!
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I spent a good few hours today, looking at all your work. I started with your bio, and then I couldn’t stop: I went through all your portraits, landscapes, ceramic work, earlier work, etc etc. I’m a true fan. I wish to be as good as you one day!
Carmen, Thank you for your interest and your kind words. I really appreciate both.