Featured Artist | May 2019
Albert Scharf was born in New York City in 1951, and has received a BFA in architecture and photography from the University of New Mexico. Scharf had a career in graphic design and commercial printing, and the artist has continued his artistic education at the New School, the Printing School of New York, and Santa Fe Community College. Scharf currently lives and works in Santa Fe, NM. Scharf’s work is in both private and corporate collections, as well as collections of public institutions.
Scharf’s father was an aristocrat who fled the growing Nazi regime in Vienna, eventually finding Scharf’s Brooklyn-born mother and settling in Long Island. A young Scharf absorbed the art of the city, and the artist still vividly recalls the pomp and decorum once involved in museum visits. Such reverence for art certainly played a part in what led him to his studio in Santa Fe today.
Scharf’s work is an attempt to represent the spirits in the natural world, paying homage to vistas we may forget to notice around us every day. Seeing the New Mexico sky through the perspective of someone who grew up in the claustrophobic streets of New York City reminds us of the untouchable wealth in this world. Scharf’s monumental skyscapes provide a frozen moment of wonder, imparting the beauty and veneration of witnessing the sublime.