Colin Goldberg was born in the Bronx, New York in 1971 to parents of Jewish and Japanese ancestry. His maternal grandmother Kimiye Ebisu was an accomplished calligrapher who lived and practiced in Honolulu and taught in both the United States and Japan.
The artist is a recent recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and The New York State Council on the Arts. He was a resident artist at The Studios of Key West in May 2015, where he was profiled by PBS.
Goldberg’s work explores the intersection of traditional and digital art-making. He has coined the term techspressionism to describe his artistic practice. As an undergraduate at Binghamton University in upstate New York, he studied painting under Angelo Ippolito, a noted New York School Abstract Expressionist painter. In 2008, Goldberg completed his MFA in Computer Art, earned under full scholarship from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Stylistically, the artist’s work is informed by a diverse range of sources, including Abstract Expressionist painters such as Franz Kline and Clyfford Still, Japanese calligraphy and woodcuts, and pop-era artists such as Rauschenberg and Warhol, who recontextualized commercial printmaking techniques within the paradigm of painting. Goldberg’s visual language draws upon the lexicon of technology, incorporating forms such as intricate meshes and 3D wireframe models, which the artist has described as “volumetric gestures.”
Goldberg’s works reside in numerous private and corporate collections, as well as the permanent collections of the Islip Art Museum in Islip, NY, and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton NY, the former home and studio of artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. His technology-fueled works have been featured in publications such as The New York Times and Backchannel, and have been exhibited at museums, galleries and art fairs across the United States including The Parrish Art Museum in the Hamptons, Manhattan’s 69th Regiment Armory and the Fountain Art Fair in Miami.
The artist has lived and worked in Williamsburg (Brooklyn), Manhattan’s East Village, and Southampton, NY. Goldberg currently lives and works on the North Shore of Long Island, New York where he lives with his wife Donna and their daughter Aya.