Jonathan Nissenbaum

My process involves translating digital images into paintings. Digital embraces distortion: artifacting, blur, pixelation. Within these unique structural breakdowns, I see opportunity to carry disruptions of reality over to canvas. I enjoy the challenge and irony of using oil paint to enliven images that exist as ones and zeros, incorporating newfangled visual experiences into a traditional medium.

I paint from digital photographs I capture myself, but also adopt from our internet-soaked visual culture. My work evolves from indentifying a striking image I feel has great potential to be painted. Seeing a painting hiding within, I rescue it from fleeting obscurity, imbuing it with tangibility and emotional physicality.

Jonathan Nissenbaum was born in 1975 and grew up in Merrick NY. He studied painting and Media Studies at The University of Buffalo and received his MFA from The New York Academy of Art. Drawing and painting has always been Jonathan's passion but he is inspired by various processes for creating images. This has led to affairs with photography and filmmaking which have come to inform the imagery in his fine art.


2005 M.F.A. New York Academy of Art

1997 B.F.A. University at Buffalo
Fine Art and Multi Media Production

Selected Exhibitions

2013 “26th September Competition” Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
2012 “Convergences” NARS Foundation Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2011 "Drawing VS. Photography", Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2011 "Figures", Salon Xavier, Sag Hartbor, NY

2010 "Interface", Eight Grand, Brooklyn, NY
2010 "Starving Artists Feed the Hungry", Perry Gargano's Studio, Brooklyn, NY

2009 "Corporeality", Lumenhouse, Brooklyn, NY
2009 "NARS Studio Exhibition", Brooklyn, NY

2008 "Take Home A Nude", Phillips de Pury, New York, NY

2005 "Diploma Project Exhibition", New York Academy of Art, New York, NY