Artist Bios



Carl Schwartz, born in Detroit, Michigan, is a painter and print-maker, who currently resides in Fort Meyers, Florida. He is a realist, whose work shows the influence of both abstract expressionism and cubism.

For almost thirty years, Schwartz taught figure drawing and painting in Chicago at the North Shore Art League, until moving to Florida in 1984. There he resumed teaching at Edison Community College and at Florida Gulf Coast University. At the home he shares with his wife Dinah Schwartz, he raises Koi, a type of Oriental goldfish, which, along with water lilies, are often subjects in his art.

Schwartz describes himself as a painter of light, "intrigued and fascinated with form. To me, there are two worlds The one we live in and the one that I create. Painting is the discipline by which I constantly rediscover both of these worlds".

He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Logan Medal from the Art Institute of Chicago, and his works have been exhibited at that Institutes S&R Gallery in Chicago, as well as at the Illinois State Museum, and numerous other shows.

His art is in many permanent collections, including The Smithsonian Institution, and the university collections of: Michigan State, Ball State, Loyola, Nevada, Minnesota, and Chicago. He is also in the corporate collections of: Kemper Insurance, AT&T, Sears, Delta Airlines, and Beatrice Foods. Various periodicals and magazines, including Readers Digest and Playboy, have published his work, and he is listed in Whos Who in American Art. Schwartz is a member of A.P.A. (Alliance of Professional Artists) and FLAG (Florida Artists Group).



A proponent of Op Art which evolved from Hard-Edge Abstraction, Constructivism and Cubism, he was born in Zabreb, Yugoslavia and came to the United States in 1963. In 1968, he earned a baccalaureate degree in art and in 1971 a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

His works are in numerous permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Tate Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.


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Alfredo Zalce at 94 years of age, is a diminutive bundle of talent and never-ending energy that he directs toward his love of life and his daily routine of producing art. Zalce has been consumed with art since his infancy and is one of the few artists that has continued painting, rather than dedicating himself to abstract art of questionable integrity.

When Ernesto Zedillo, President of Mexico, went to the Vatican in 1996 to visit the Pope, he selected only one thing to take to the Pope as a gift from Mexico. With great pleasure, the Pope received an acrylic of a Mexican town, painted by Alfredo Zalce.

Zalce is one of the last living legends of art in Mexico. Among his peers and friends have been Orozco, Rivera, Siquieros, Tamayo, Kahlo, and O'Higgins. They have all passed away. Zalce relates numerous memories and humorous antidotes about them, and of artistic passions and friendly times that he shared with them. But a difference between the majority of other artists and Zalce is that Zalce has no interest in the fame or in the numerous responsibilities that are required of people in the public eye. He has avoided publicity throughout his life, and in 1990, and another time in 1998, he gratefully refused the highest honor for artists in Mexico, the National Premium of Art, so that someone more interested in the benefits of promotion and raising the price of their art could be awarded the honor.

It is increasingly difficult to acquire works of Zalce, and when they do become available they are immediately grabbed-up by art lovers and collectors; including many well-known celebrities. Rarely does Zalce permit his art to be sold in galleries because he doesn't require the promotion that galleries give to their stable of artists, and because he feels that most galleries elevate the price of the art they sell to unrealistic levels.

His shows and exhibitions have been seen in every major city of the free world. In Mexico City his giant murals contribute to the atmosphere of the Museum of Anthropology and the Procuraduria General de la Republica. His works constitute a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, along with some ten other of Mexico's greatest artists, but the main volume of his permanent works are found in his native state of Michoacan, where in Morelia the Museum of Contemporary Art was renamed by the government and is now the "Alfredo Zalce Museum of Contemporary Art."Furthermore, his works have been incorporated in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in United States, the Museum of La Jolla in California, the Museum of Stockholm (Sweden), the Museum of Varsovia (Poland), and the National Museum of Bulgaria, to mention a few.

Zalce has to produce art. When not producing art, he feels his time has been wasted. He is considered by many to be the most versatile artist ever to live in Mexico, and he is equally comfortable producing murals, batiks, sculptures, watercolors, oils or acrylics, monotypes, tapestries, or drawings in pencil or ink. The majority of his work is of a Mexican orientation.

For Zalce, any object becomes an irresistible model, which he can reproduce with the perfection of a photograph or in his own style. He never has specialized in a theme such as the human figure, mountains, or landscapes, but paints all with equal mastery. He has never repeated a work of art a second time.

In recent years, Maestro Zalce has started producing works in batik, a skill previously used mostly to produce rich designs on fabric. Now that he has started producing fine art in batik, due to his prestige, techniques of batik have become elevated to prominence as "high art."

Enrique Beraha Misrachi (Galeras de Arte Misrachi) says: Zalce puts us in contact with our history. Painter, sculptor, lithographer, and muralist, Zalce has proved to be a great master in all branches of art.

Dr. Jose Valadez (Art Critic) says: Alfredo Zalce is a living legend. He is the last of a very special breed. He has contributed to the beauty of Mexico, and is a part of the history of Mexico.

In 2001, Maestro Zalce finally accepted Mexico's National Premium of Art


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