"My art has been shaped by the process of living my life, and now, my art shapes my life" I am an artist with disabilities - self-taught -- who believes very strongly in the positive impact art has on physical and mental health. . I have been fighting a continuous battle to control my body, due to the effects of several brain operations, and I have "survived" a lengthy period of clinical depression. My paintings are brightly colored images of people, animals and patterns and are contemporary ,yet primitive. All are somewhat "autobiographical " in nature. and each contains a caption expressing feelings and "truths" that I have learned, and am still learning,, in my life. My work has appeared at the Smithsonian Institute, the Kennedy Center, the Outsider Art Show, the American Folk Art Museum, Johnson and Johnson, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and other galleries throughout the country I have a very personal feeling about my art and have named my entire body of work "Art Saves Lives", because I really believe that it saved mine. My paintings are truly "my realities".
Biography: AMY CHARMATZ EDUCATION: 1979 Seton Hall University BSW, Social Work 1983 Rutgers University, School of Social Work MSW, Social Work PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Arts Unbound Orange, NJ Very Special Arts New Brunswick, New Jersey and Washington, DC Resources for Artists with Disabilities Inc New York, New York Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Summit, New Jersey SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC Kennedy center, Washington, DC Arts Unbound, Orange, NJ Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, New Jersey 1978 Gallery, Maplewood, NJ Mona Lisa Gallery, Maplewood, New Jersey American Folk Art Museum, New York, New York Johnson & Johnson Corp., New Brunswick, New Jersey Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Institute, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania Atlantic City Art Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey Princeton Medical Center, Princeton, New Jersey Overlook Hospital, Summit, New Jersey Outsider Art Fair, New York, New York Phoenix Gallery, New York, New York Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama Gallery Bonheur, St. Louis, Missouri The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, New Jersey The Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, New Jersey Outside In, Los Angeles, California
Country: United States
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