Artist Resume



Olaf Schneider


(American, b. 1964)


 


Olaf Schneider is a post-Modern painter, who engagingly mixes post-Impressionistic style with Photorealism. Such a hybrid is highly original – even unusual – qualifying the artist for a notable place in the pantheon of contemporary painters who find their authentic voice in mixing art-historic styles into seamless ‘blends.’ In 1986, Schneider was engaged, for practical reasons, in painting large-scale billboards for Mediacom (now CBS Outdoor), where he developed a strong realist talent, greatly influenced by photography. While photorealism is evident in his paintings today, they also demonstrate a high degree of painterly brushwork and synthetic color palettes that recall 19th-century post-Impressionist masters like van Gogh, Seurat, Cézanne, and Gaugin. “I like to use expressive and thick impasto brushstrokes (post-Impressionistic) or soft blended strokes (Photorealist) to render a sense of movement and texture giving the painting a life of its own. My interpretation of color also sets up a dynamic mood. The tones often range from the darkest to the lightest (chiaroscuro) in an effort to achieve maximum drama. This creative combination is spontaneous and intuitive.”


Schneider’s subjects range from landscapes, to scene painting, to still lifes – again, in the tradition of post-Impressionism. And given the added ingredient of photorealist technique and style, his scene paintings remind one of the great American illustrator/painter Norman Rockwell – a role model for Schneider.


For Olaf each piece represents an intense exploration and refinement of his personal, hybridized pictorial sensitivities, especially as they relate to beauty, form, light, and shade. Composition, color, and craftsmanship are all elements that become the building blocks of his work. And it is evident he alternates between the exactitude of photorealism and the loose, bravura brushwork of post-Impressionism.


Schneider is constantly inspired by the power and diversity of the northern landscapes of Canada and the U.S. A naturalist and explorer by nature, he travels across North America and also Europe to gain inspiration. Through his art, he expresses his love for life and his affinity for vibrant color.


 


EDUCATION


Ontario College of Art, Canada


Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada


 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2015          Canadian Broadcasting Company, Context Show, Toronto, Canada


2014          Louvre Museum, Paris, France


2014          Cannes Film Festival, France


2009          Mercedes Benz, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada


2005          Hummingbird Centre for The Performing Arts, Toronto


2006          International Artists Magazine (virtual)


2004          Formula 1, races, Montreal, Canada and Indianapolis, IN


 


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2014         Chapel St. Bernardin, Le Cannet, France    


2013         Louvre Museum, Paris, France


2012         The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, Norwalk


                Portrait Society of America, Tallahassee, FL


2010         Toronto International Art Fair


2009         Boston International Art Fair, MA


2006         Latino American International art fair


2004         Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum, Toronto


2002         Hummingbird Centre for The Performing Arts, Toronto


                Molson Indy, Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, B.C., Canada


2000         Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario


MUSEUM, CORPORATE & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS


Art Gallery of Ontario Museum


Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto


PCO Construction Ltd., Falmouth, U.K.


The Haven on the Queensway, Toronto


Church of the Good Shepherd, Mount Dennis, Toronto


Mackenzie Financial, Toronto


Toronto Dominion Bank


Ducks Unlimited, Toronto 


Make a Wish Foundation, Phoenix, AZ and Toronto 


George Chuvalo Fight Against Drugs Foundation, Prince Edward Island, Canada


Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks, New York


Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto


Jessie Centre for Teenagers, Toronto


Ontario Provincial Police, Canada


Labatt Breweries, Ltd., Ontario 


Evian Canada, Evian-les-Bains, France


Gilles Villeneuve Museum, Quebec 


Chapters Indigo, Quebec


Mercedes-Benz, Toronto 


Ford Motors, Ontario


Ferrari North America, Englewood Cliffs, NJ  


Apple, Markham, Ontario


Governor General of Madrid, Spain


Liquor Control Board of Ontario


Centennial College Art Association, NYC


Van Moorehem Barristers, Ontario


Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and Montreal


Block Parents’ Foundation, Barrie, Ontario


 


PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA


American Art Collector Magazine


International Artist Magazine


Arabella Magazine


Houston Lifestyles and Homes


Ducks Unlimited Magazine


Toronto Sun


Toronto Star


Montreal Gazette


Etobicoke Guardian, Toronto


Scarborough Mirror, Toronto


Vaughan Weekly, York, Canada


Art Fix Daily, San Mateo, CA


WPBS Television


Algonquin Park News, Ontario


The Huntsville Forrester newspaper, Ontario


24 Hours Magazine, Vancouver


Toronto Life magazine


Creative Source arts & photography source book, NYC 



Digital Catalogs



Olaf Schneider Original Oils Catalog