Colin Goldberg’s artwork explores the intersection of abstraction and technology. His paintings, works on paper, and mixed-media works in wood and stone are early examples of digital mixed media, combining traditional and digital studio tools and techniques. Goldberg has been creating digital fine art since the 1990’s, when he began his Metagraph series of digital drawings.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Goldberg is a recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and The New York State Council on the Arts. In 2015, he was a resident artist at The Studios of Key West, where he was profiled by PBS. His technology-fueled works have been featured in publications such as WIRED and The New York Times and reside in the permanent collections of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center and the Islip Art Museum as well as many private collections.
BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
The artist was born in the Bronx, New York in 1971 to parents of Jewish and Japanese ancestry, both chemists by training. His maternal grandmother Kimiye Ebisu was an accomplished calligrapher who lived and practiced in Honolulu and taught in both the United States and Japan.
He first experimented with digital art as a high school student in the 1980’s using his family’s home computer, a Commodore 64, a light pen, and a KoalaPad, an early drawing tablet. His visual language draws heavily from the lexicon of technology. Goldberg has coined the term ‘Techspressionism’ to describe his work and artistic practice.
The artist’s education and training spans both the traditional and digital arts. As an undergraduate at Binghamton University, Goldberg studied painting under Abstract Expressionist Angelo Ippolito, graduating with a BA in Studio Art in 1994. He subsequently moved to New York City, where he worked as an independent artist and designer, helping launch many prominent brands onto the web, including Popular Science, GOLF Magazine, and Snapple. During this time, he was commissioned by Earth Day to create digital photomontages which were projected onto the Empire State Building and other New York City monuments for Earth Day’s 25th anniversary celebration. Goldberg returned to school a decade later to complete a MFA degree in Digital Arts under a full scholarship from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 2008.
Stylistically, the artist’s work is informed by a diverse range of influences, including Japanese calligraphy and woodcuts, wireframe models, and Abstract Expressionist and Pop artists such as Franz Kline and Robert Rauschenberg.
The artist has lived and worked in Manhattan’s East Village, Williamsburg (Brooklyn), Boston, Southampton, NY, and Long Island’s North Fork. Goldberg currently lives and works on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife Donna and their daughter Aya.