|Born||1928 (age 88–89)
Brooklyn, New York
|Education||High School of Music & Art
Art Students League of New York
Tyler School of Art
|Known for||Painting, Drawing|
|Awards||Honorary Doctorate, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts|
Harvey Dinnerstein (born 1928), is a figurative artist and educator. A draftsman and painter in the realistic tradition, his work has included genre paintings, contemporary narratives, complex figurative compositions, portraits, and intimate images of his family and friends.
Dinnerstein was born in Brooklyn, New York, and studied with Moses Soyer, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Julian E. Levi at the Art Students League of New York. From 1947 to 1950 Dinnerstein was also a student at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Upon his return to New York in the early 1950s, he was one of a group of recent Tyler graduates who resisted the prevailing style of Abstract Expressionism in order to paint in a figurative mode.
Inspired by the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott of 1956, Dinnerstein traveled south to document the Civil Rights upheaval through a series of drawings. This interest in cultural and moral issues continued to inform drawings and paintings that recorded the social unrest of the 1960s.
From 1965 to 1980 Dinnerstein taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and from 1975 to 1992 at the National Academy of Design, to which he was elected a member in 1974. He has taught at the Art Students League since 1980.
Dinnerstein has participated in numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States. His work is in the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of the City of New York, National Academy of Design, National Museum of American Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
He has been a very influential instructor for several generations of students at The National Academy of Design and the Art Students League, including Ephraim Rubenstein, Nomi Silverman and Gregory William Frux.
His book Harvey Dinnerstein: An Artist at Work was published in 1978 by Watson-Guptill.
- Dinnerstein bio, Smithsonian American Art Museum website. Accessed Oct. 28, 2016.
- Biography of Harvey Dinnerstein at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Biography at Hofstra Museum web site
- Underground Together: The Art and Life of Harvey Dinnerstein - Chronicle Books, 2008.