Adam Straus is an American artist based in Riverhead, NY. Starting as a photographer and sculptor in the the late 70's and early 80's, he began making small paintings in 1986 of nocturnal landscapes inspired by his surroundings in north Florida. These paintings were often instilled with a dark humor, social commentary, and framed in the sheet lead he had been using on sculpture.
Straus creates paintings that are seductive and gloomily romantic with views of skylines and seascapes, fields and mountains. The paintings go beyond contemplation, and present his concerns about the cruel reality of our planet. In his oils, Straus represents the struggle and survival of mankind and mankind’s effect on nature.
His technique has evolved throughout the years, but always with a marked personality. In framing the paintings in lead or steel he adds a unique touch, and more recently, his pixelating technique evokes the particulate matter suspended in the air and water.
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. 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.