Arnold Wechsler, b. 1930, studied at the School of Visual Arts, and received an MFA in painting from Columbia University. He has been a part of the New York art scene for over thirty years, and gained international recognition with his avant-garde works in the early 1970's.
His abstract paintings have been inspired by popular cultures, often reflected in works that balance the organic and geometric form with native pictographs. His patterned subject matter draws on decorative aspects ranging from Moroccan tiles to New England icons and Oriental calligraphy to the visual characteristics of the female form. Wechsler has also been profoundly influenced by indigenous cultures of the Americans, having visited the Lacandon Mayas of Southern Mexico, the Incas of Bolivia and Peru and the Native American communities of South Dakota and Alaska. His work is cosmopolitan in the truest sense of the word. Through the processes of assimilation and engagement, whether by wandering the hills of Japan or Guatemala or working in the former Soviet Union completing detailed proposals for the modification of public monuments, Wechsler has brought added significance to the role of artists as global explorer and documenter.
Wechsler has exhibited throughout the world including New York, Washington D.C., Denver, Mexico City, Madrid, Paris, Moscow and St. Petersburg. His work was reviewed in the New York Times and Art in America, and he was recently a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Award.