Olaf Schneider

(1964)

Olaf Schneider

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Olaf Schneider
Artist Resume Olaf Schneider (American, b. 1964) Olaf Schneider is a post-Modern painter, who engagingly mixes post-Impressionistic style with Photorealism. Such a hybrid is highly original – even unusual – qualifying the artist for a notable place in the pantheon of contemporary painters who find their authentic voice in mixing art-historic styles into seamless ‘blends.’ In 1986, Schneider was engaged, for practical reasons, in painting large-scale billboards for Mediacom (now CBS Outdoor), where he developed a strong realist talent, greatly influenced by photography. While photorealism is evident in his paintings today, they also demonstrate a high degree of painterly brushwork and synthetic color palettes that recall 19th-century post-Impressionist masters like van Gogh, Seurat, Cézanne, and Gaugin. “I like to use expressive and thick impasto brushstrokes (post-Impressionistic) or soft blended strokes (Photorealist) to render a sense of movement and texture giving the painting a life of its own. My interpretation of color also sets up a dynamic mood. The tones often range from the darkest to the lightest (chiaroscuro) in an effort to achieve maximum drama. This creative combination is spontaneous and intuitive.” Schneider’s subjects range from landscapes, to scene painting, to still lifes – again, in the tradition of post-Impressionism. And given the added ingredient of photorealist technique and style, his scene paintings remind one of the great American illustrator/painter Norman Rockwell – a role model for Schneider. For Olaf each piece represents an intense exploration and refinement of his personal, hybridized pictorial sensitivities, especially as they relate to beauty, form, light, and shade. Composition, color, and craftsmanship are all elements that become the building blocks of his work. And it is evident he alternates between the exactitude of photorealism and the loose, bravura brushwork of post-Impressionism. Schneider is constantly inspired by the power and diversity of the northern landscapes of Canada and the U.S. A naturalist and explorer by nature, he travels across North America and also Europe to gain inspiration. Through his art, he expresses his love for life and his affinity for vibrant color. EDUCATION Ontario College of Art, Canada Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2015 Canadian Broadcasting Company, Context Show, Toronto, Canada 2014 Louvre Museum, Paris, France 2014 Cannes Film Festival, France 2009 Mercedes Benz, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 2005 Hummingbird Centre for The Performing Arts, Toronto 2006 International Artists Magazine (virtual) 2004 Formula 1, races, Montreal, Canada and Indianapolis, IN GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2014 Chapel St. Bernardin, Le Cannet, France 2013 Louvre Museum, Paris, France 2012 The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, Norwalk Portrait Society of America, Tallahassee, FL 2010 Toronto International Art Fair 2009 Boston International Art Fair, MA 2006 Latino American International art fair 2004 Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum, Toronto 2002 Hummingbird Centre for The Performing Arts, Toronto Molson Indy, Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, B.C., Canada 2000 Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario MUSEUM, CORPORATE & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS Art Gallery of Ontario Museum Ripley's Aquarium, Toronto PCO Construction Ltd., Falmouth, U.K. The Haven on the Queensway, Toronto Church of the Good Shepherd, Mount Dennis, Toronto Mackenzie Financial, Toronto Toronto Dominion Bank Ducks Unlimited, Toronto Make a Wish Foundation, Phoenix, AZ and Toronto George Chuvalo Fight Against Drugs Foundation, Prince Edward Island, Canada Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks, New York Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Jessie Centre for Teenagers, Toronto Ontario Provincial Police, Canada Labatt Breweries, Ltd., Ontario Evian Canada, Evian-les-Bains, France Gilles Villeneuve Museum, Quebec Chapters Indigo, Quebec Mercedes-Benz, Toronto Ford Motors, Ontario Ferrari North America, Englewood Cliffs, NJ Apple, Markham, Ontario Governor General of Madrid, Spain Liquor Control Board of Ontario Centennial College Art Association, NYC Van Moorehem Barristers, Ontario Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and Montreal Block Parents’ Foundation, Barrie, Ontario PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA American Art Collector Magazine International Artist Magazine Arabella Magazine Houston Lifestyles and Homes Ducks Unlimited Magazine Toronto Sun Toronto Star Montreal Gazette Etobicoke Guardian, Toronto Scarborough Mirror, Toronto Vaughan Weekly, York, Canada Art Fix Daily, San Mateo, CA WPBS Television Algonquin Park News, Ontario The Huntsville Forrester newspaper, Ontario 24 Hours Magazine, Vancouver Toronto Life magazine Creative Source arts & photography source book, NYC Digital Catalogs Olaf Schneider Original Oils Catalog
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August
Olaf Schneider

August

Oil on Canvas

32 x 66 in

Tea Time
Olaf Schneider

Tea Time

Oil on Canvas

40 x 40 in

Catalyst
Olaf Schneider

Catalyst

oil on canvas

42 x 48 in

Wednesday Rain
Olaf Schneider

Wednesday Rain

oil on canvas

32 x 50 in

Last Light
Olaf Schneider

Last Light

Oil on Canvas

60 x 40 in

Sensual Light
Olaf Schneider

Sensual Light

oil on canvas

22 x 48 in

Revelation
Olaf Schneider

Revelation

oil on canvas

39 x 55 in

X-Ray
Olaf Schneider

X-Ray

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in

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