Jonathan Bauch is a New York City native, who began his artistic career as an abstract painter, graduating from Parsons School of Design and later studying at NYU and SVA. Following his need for more interaction and movement in his work, his artistic focus evolved from painting to sculpture in the late 1960s. He worked with different sculptural materials, such as wire mesh, plaster and aluminum until 1996, when he began working in steel and found a comfort in the medium and a freedom in both technique and composition he had not previously experienced.
Bauch adroitly manipulates welding technology, transforming hard steel into delicate organic forms reminiscent of the natural world. In taming the steel, the industrial quality of the medium is tempered by the indelible mark of the human hand, resulting in sculptures that seem to defy their material with their lacy and ethereal qualities. He is also interested in the immediacy of the environmental challenges of climate change, particularly having experienced the wrath of Hurricane Sandy firsthand submerging his studio under eight feet of water, which has been reflected in some of his recent works.
In addition to exhibiting in both solo and group exhibitions in New York City and New England, he has been the recipient of grants from the Joan Mitchell, and Adolph and Esther Gottlieb foundations, and has taught welding steel sculpture at the Educational Alliance. Jonathan Bauch continues to create work and reside in New York City.