Max Ginsburg

Home / Museum / ARC Living Artists

Max Ginsburg

ARC Living Master TM

American 21st Century Realist artist and teacher

Born 1931

  • Artworks
  • Biography
  • Event Listing
  • Products


Max Ginsburg is a New York artist whose paintings are extremely realistic in form and content. His paintings explore the range of daily human life, concerned as much with life's ironies and social injustices, as with its many joys. Issues of war and peace, racism and the inhumanity of man have been a major focus in his art.

"The son of a painter, Ginsburg studied art at New York City's famed High School of Music and Art and then at Syracuse University. He earned his living as a commercial artist from 1955 to 1960, and then acquired a full-time teaching job at New York City's High School of Art and Design from 1960 until 1981.

Ginsburg worked as an illustrator from 1980 until 2004, achieving particular success painting covers for novels.

Growing up during the Depression in the Jewish neighborhood of Boro Park, Ginsburg witnessed racism against Jews, blacks and other non-whites.

His youth also was shaped by the unfolding horrors of World War II, and both anti-war and civil-rights themes show up repeatedly in his work.

Every pedestrian's face wears a telling expression, and every action commands scrutiny as a mini drama unfolds across the canvas.

These are the endeavors of a deft and prolific painter whose career spans more than 55 years and whose works are praised as political and social commentaries recognizing the struggles of everyday citizens."

- Quote taken from an article by Rebecca Sloan titled An artist for the underdog at the Butler, Published: Sun, September 18, 2011

He has exhibited widely and won many awards. In addition to solo exhibitions including a 2011 retrospective exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art and The Salmagundi Club, his work has been included in Butler Institute Midyear shows, a National Academy of Design Biennial, an Academy of Arts and Letters (Hassam Competition), the Museum of the City of New York (Exhibition of paintings about New York), the Christophers, the Art Renewal Center, the Society of Illustrators and the New York Historical Society . His work is also in the collections of museums such as the New Britain Museum, The Art Renewal Center, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Society of Illustrators.

He was also one of America's foremost illustrators, and he taught for forty years at the School of Visual Arts, the Art Students League and the High School of Art and Design. Ginsburg still teaches workshops and classes in his spare time. If you are interested in taking one of these courses, click here.

To read a review of the 2010/2011 International Salon Competition and Max Ginsburg's Best in Show, click here.

To view more of his work and for more information see his web sites:

To purchase a copy of Max Ginsburg's Retrospective book, , please click here.

03 May 2018 to 03 May 2018

Max Ginsburg Painting Demo and Lecture

Elderfields Preserve, 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset, NY 11030

40 USD

Max Ginsburg three-hour demo and lecture about his work and his process.

04 May 2018 to 06 May 2018

Painting from Life Workshop with Max Ginsburg

Elderfields Preserve, 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset, NY 11030

In this workshop, students will paint from life, observing the model carefully to see and understand the form and also express the character of the individual posing. The objective of the workshop is to develop skill to paint realistically in the tradition of the Old Masters. Max will critique each student’s painting daily, give painting from life demonstrations, and give talks about contemporary and traditional art in relation to the paintings we are doing in this workshop.

06 August 2018 to 10 August 2018

Max Ginsburg Workshop

Corner of Dorp & Bird Streets, Stellenbosch, 7600

Max Ginsburg Workshop To register and for more information contact:

13 August 2018 to 17 August 2018

Max Ginsburg Workshop

Bird St, Stellenbosch, WC 7600

Max Ginsburg Workshop To register and for more information please visit:

05 August 2018 to 05 August 2018

Max Ginsburg Demo and Lecture

Bird St, Stellenbosch, WC 7600

Painting from life Demo and Lecture, Presentation on “Realism in Painting”

16 August 2018 to 16 August 2018

Max Ginsburg Demo and Lecture

Bird St, Stellenbosch, WC

Painting from life Demo and Lecture Presentation on “Realism in Painting”

Books and Related Products

A painter with a conscience, Ginsburg offers us a personal,"insiders" view of his city. He identifies with the people he paints. The streets, the subways and the buses are used as vehicles through which he expresses his feelings about the human condition. Ginsburg is a humanist not a sentimentalist. His friend Irwin Greenberg said, "Glamour is anathema to him." For Ginsburg, in the words of John Keats, "Truth is beauty."