Colin Goldberg’s artwork explores the intersection of painting and digital media. The artist has coined the term ‘Techspressionism’ to describe his work and artistic practice.
He is a recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and The New York State Council on the Arts. In 2015, Goldberg 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.
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.
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 initially supported his studio practice with freelance design work. Goldberg became involved in the online industry at its inception, producing and designing launch websites for many prominent consumer brands, including Popular Science, GOLF Magazine, and Snapple. This work allowed him to develop a broad skillset spanning the digital arts, which he was later able to apply within his personal studio work.
During this time period, Goldberg 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. He also collaborated with other artists involved in the downtown NYC art scene such as digital art pioneer Joseph Nechvatal.
Goldberg was offered a full scholarship to the Graduate Art Program at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he completed a MFA degree in Computer Art in 2008.
Stylistically, the artist’s work is informed by a diverse range of influences, including Japanese calligraphy and woodcuts, graffiti and 3D wireframe models. From an art-historical standpoint, New York School Abstract Expressionists including Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline have informed the artist’s appreciation of the subconscious and gestural mark-making. Pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg were predecessors who recontextualized commercial art tools into their studio practices.
The artist has previously lived in Southampton (New York), Sydney (Australia), Manhattan’s East Village, Williamsburg (Brooklyn), “The Fens” (Boston), and Long Island’s North Fork. He currently lives and works on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife Donna, their daughter Aya, and their cat Julie.