Adam Straus
Adam Straus began his artistic career as a sculptor and photographer but he was always amazed by the creative process. In New York he frequented the galleries at the Met to closely observe the work of Monet and artists from the Hudson River School. It was in the observation of these great masters that he found the basis for his art and became a self-taught painter. Straus creates paintings that are very seductive, and gloomily romantic, views of skylines and seascapes, fields and mountains. His canvases invite the viewer to get lost in the breathtaking beauty of the image, only to be plummeted back to the cruel reality of our planet. In his oils, Straus represents the struggle and survival of mankind and mankind’s affect on nature. He uses the medium to praise the human race for surviving but condemns it for destroying the environment. Straus, who once ran as an independent candidate for the Florida elections is outspoken and wishes through his art to raise questions of the way we treat the earth. His paintings however, are not completely pessimistic. Within his critique of our behavior he brings out an optimistic point of view by including humor in his work. In the end, the spectator is left with a sense of positivism, a feeling that it is possible to turn the world into a better place. Furthermore, in framing his paintings in lead or steel he adds a unique touch to his work. Straus has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally. His works can be seen in such collections as City of Orlando, FL, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA, The Art Museum at F.I.U, Miami, FL, American Express, Fidelity Investments, Boston, Lavandoo Corporation, Geneva, Switzerland, among others. Born in Miami in 1956, Straus received his B.A. at Miami-Dade Community College, Miami and a B.S. in Mathematics at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He later received his M.F.A. from Florida State University, Tallahassee. Since 1990, he lives and works in New York.