Born in Rochester, New York, Sidney Schatzky began his artistic career at an early age by attending Saturday classes at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York. He went on to receive a BFA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from Pratt Institute in New York City where he studied with the renowned abstract expressionist George McNeil.
He taught in the art department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where he became an assistant professor in the department of Communication Art and Design, while simultaneously pursuing a successful career in New York City as a freelance illustrator. His clients included Revlon, Coty, Cosmopolitan magazine, Bloomingdale's and many more.
In addition to his art career, Schatzky opened a successful antiques gallery in Western Massachusetts catering to serious collectors.
At Pratt, Schatzky developed a unique and innovative approach to printmaking using the medium of the collograph. He incorporated this technique in his illustrations while also producing fine art limited edition prints shown in the following galleries and museums across the U.S.
Galleries Represented by Associated American Artists, Robley Gallery, Katherine Markel Fine Arts and Margo Fieden Gallery in New York City, Joyce Hunsaker Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Scott McKinnis Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.
Museums Shown at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Brooklyn Museum, Minnesota Museum of Fine Arts, Gallery of Contemporary Arts in North Carolina, McNay Museum in San Antonio, Texas and others.
Schatzky's latest paintings hearken back to the time of his studies under the tutelage of George McNeil. These new expressionist paintings, while non-representational, reference shape-driven compositions which are inspired by the land, sea and sky. Exploring a rich palette of saturated color including metallics, Schatzky's paintings exude a translucent and shimmery vibrancy. This is achieved by building multiple layers of pigment, often creating an other worldly effect. The paintings vary in size using acrylic, pure pigment and mixed media.