”Adrian Gottlieb (b. 1975) paints marvelous figurative compositions, portraits and genre scenes. He is a portraitist whose vision is so penetrating and profound that it seems as if he sees into the souls of his sitters. In his portraits we somehow see timelessness itself. We all have occasional flashes of heightened awareness, but Gottlieb seems to operate at that level all the time. He is glad to share these moments with us and help us relive our own, showing us the mystery and often-miraculous perception of the people he portrays. Most importantly, we glimpse a deep, quiet, patient, inexhaustible compassion for humanity…. Gottlieb’s paintings do not resemble those of any recognizable master, and yet he is most definitely an artist’s artist. Indeed, the more one knows about the craft of painting, the more one appreciates his work. Hard and soft; lost and found; warm and cool; intimate and detached; unified and varied; lit and shadowed; hopeful and despairing; rhythmic and silent – it is all here, to the extent that Gottlieb makes it look easy to hold in balance all the contrary forces that define a human being, and this world.”
-Daan Hoekstra (artist and regional editor for Fine Art Connoisseur)
Adrian Gottlieb is an internationally distinguished artist who began painting commissioned works at an extraordinarily early age. His broad fine arts education includes a degree in Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology. He studied each summer at Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy while still an undergraduate, and then immediately enrolled at The Florence Academy of Art in Florence to complete three years of intensive training in drawing and classic painting. Viewing Gottlieb’s paintings in person, one is immediately struck by the painterly quality of his work.
While he has expanded his themes, Gottlieb’s passion remains centered on figurative compositions and commissioned portraits. It is in this genre that Gottlieb excels; especially in infusing the two-dimensional surface with a luminous vitality; a palpable energy that is unique to his work.