Lives and works in New York
1939: Born in New York City
Internationally-renowned artist, illustrator and educator Barbara Nessim has been a vital contributor and influential trendsetter in the art world over the past several decades. With an extensive resume of accomplishments and a portfolio of work that go beyond one's ability to mention, Barbara has always been visionary in her thinking, and unprecedented in her creativity.
Inspired by her mother, a clothing designer, Barbara put herself through college by supporting herself as a freelance fashion illustrator in the Garment Center. After receiving her education at Pratt Institute in the Department of Illustration and Fine Art, she was quickly recognized for the freshness and uniqueness of her work, and for being one of the few female freelance illustrators of her time. While she initially designed everything from shoes and apparel to textiles, Barbara ultimately became more selective in her creations, and more sophisticated in her style.
Barbara's passion for her work and desire to continually bring more to her craft set the stage for what would become a long and illustrious career that greatly influenced other artists along the way. Over the years, her paintings and drawings in her distinctive signature avant-garde style have not only donned the walls of prominent museums and galleries, but have been part of numerous public and private collections around the globe.
In 1980, Barbara was known for breaking another important mold in the execution of illustration art by embracing the use of the computer, a topic upon which she has frequently lectured to audiences worldwide. Never short of inspiration, she attributes the ongoing creativity in her work to her foundation as a fine artist, and relies solely upon her earlier sketchbooks to generate new ideas. In addition to her status as world-famed artist, Barbara has also lent her talents in the classroom at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she taught in the MFA Computer Arts Program, and at Parsons The New School for Design as a Professor in the Illustration Department. Barbara also served as the Chairperson of Illustration at Parsons from 1992-2004. Barbara was recently appointed the first Artist's Laureate by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.
Today Barbara's main focus is her large-scale work on several commissions for public spaces in New York City buildings, most recently the Eventi Hotel at 851 6th Avenue in Manhattan's North Chelsea neighborhood.
Source: Barbara Nessim´s website