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.



Ontario College of Art, Canada

Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada



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



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


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



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