Robert Sagerman turns process driven art-making into a transcendental experience. His densely formed impasto paintings evolve from thousands upon tens-of-thousands of strokes meticulously made with a palette knife, the title of each work corresponding to the number of marks within. So layered are the canvases, that the artist hand mills his own oil paint from elemental pigments. Sagerman’s disciplined method of working directly correlates to his personal interest in the practices of Kabbalist Mysticism, an area in which he is a published PhD.
Robert Sagerman was born in Queens, NY and currently works in Jersey City, NJ. He received his BFA (1990) and MFA (1998) from Pratt Institute. He also holds an MS in Art History from Pratt Institute as well as an MA in Religious Studies and a PHD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University. Sagerman’s work has been reviewed by Art in America, NY Arts Magazine, Kunstforum International, Art News and the Atlanta Journal Constitution among many others. He is in the public collections of the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), The Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum (Hagen, Germany), and the Museum Für Konkrete Kunst (Ingolstadt, Germany).