Michael Albert (artist)

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Michael Albert
Born
Michael Albert

(1966-10-14) October 14, 1966 (age 56)
NationalityAmerican
Education Lawrence High School
Alma materNew York University
Known forArtist
Notable work
  • "Heart" (2009)
  • "Pi (777 digits)" (2009)
  • "The Gettysburg Address" (2003)
  • "The Last Breakfast" (2001)
  • "Frosted Flakes #1 The Birth of Cerealism" (1996)
StylePop Art
MovementCerealism
SpouseErynn Pindus Albert (m. 1991)
Children4
Parents
  • Larry Albert (father)
  • Wendy Albert (mother)
Websitehttps://www.MichaelAlbert.com

Michael Albert (born October 14, 1966)[1] is an American pop artist, author and entrepreneur. He is the founder and owner of the Sir Real Fruit Juice Company.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Albert was born in Far Rockaway, NY and grew up in Woodmere, New York in Nassau County, Long Island. He is the second of three sons born to Larry and Wendy Albert. In 1991, he married Erynn Pindus and today they live in White Plains, New York and have four children.[3]

Albert attended and graduated from P.S.#6 in Woodmere, Lawrence Junior High School and Lawrence High School in 1984. He attended New York University School of Business and Public Administration, and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1988.[1][4] He majored in management with a minor in International Business.[5] During this time he visited many museums in New York City and in Europe.

Career[edit]

Business[edit]

Upon graduation in May 1988,[6] Albert co-founded a specialty foods distribution business with two schoolmates. The three began distributing Wild Lingonberry Juice and other specialty groceries to specialty food retailers throughout the greater NY Metropolitan area. In 1991, he independently founded Tri-State Natural Food Products Inc. In 1993, he combined his art skills with business knowledge and contacts and founded the Sir Real Fruit Juice Company, which in 2015 he continues to operate in White Plains, NY.[7]

Pop Artist[edit]

Albert began creating art during the latter part of his college years at NYU. During the first seven years he drew extensively, mostly with wax oil sticks but also with pen and ink, colored pencils, markers, and crayons.[8]

In 1994 he began creating collages from extra stickers he accumulated from junk mail and his home and business life.[9]

In 1995, he began making collages from surplus and discarded photographs and in 1996 he created his first completed Pop Art work from a discarded Frosted Flakes cereal box (The Birth of Cerealism, 1996).[10][11] Since then he has created more than 1,000 original collages by hand and has developed a recognizable style and exhibiting his work throughout the United States. Since 2000 he has been creating "Epic" scale collages[12] that take months and years to create, each representing a theme,[13] including historical, biblical, literary, mathematical, lyrical, botanical, and geographical.[14][15]

Author[edit]

In 2008, Albert's first book was published by Henry Holt and Company called, An Artist's America.[16][17] The 48-page picture book is an autobiography and introduction to his art with a section showing how to create collages in his style.[18][19]

Teaching Artist[edit]

Albert has developed a program called the "Modern Pop Art Experience"[20][21] and has been traveling around the US and Europe teaching at schools, libraries and museums about his particular form of Pop Art where he makes collages from discarded cardboard consumer packages.[22][23][24] He has brought this program to hundreds of venues including: The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Amherst, MA, New York Public Library, and Chicago Public Library among others.[25][26][27][28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Michael Albert, POP-ARTIST to Speak at WEST END ARTS Guild November 8". LIHerald.com. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  2. ^ "TASTES DRINK TO YOUR ART'S CONTENT". Nydailynews.com. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  3. ^ "Q&A with Michael Albert of White Plains, who merges pop art with organic juice". The Journal News. Retrieved October 25, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Modern Pop Art Experience with Michael Albert". State of Illinois. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Artist Michael Albert enlightens young artists with modern pop art". The Berks-Mont News. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "Pop Artist Michael Albert Visits East Islip High". Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "NY artist Michael Albert pops in to Abington Community Library". Abington Journal. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  8. ^ "Pop artist Michael Albert returning to library". Easton Courier. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "White Plains 'Cerealist' Michael Albert Shows New Art at White Plains Library". Patch.com. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  10. ^ "Pop artist Michael Albert at library". Times Free Press. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  11. ^ "Michael Albert Brings Collage Pop Art Tour to Area". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "WBID's September Artwalk features Disney songs and artwork". NJ.com. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  13. ^ ""Cerealism" Collage Workshop with Artist Michael Albert for ages 12 years to adult". Patch.com. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  14. ^ "One man's cereal box is another man's art". Chicagotribune.com. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  15. ^ "Cerealist Works". NYMetroParents. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  16. ^ "AN ARTIST'S AMERICA". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  17. ^ "They're grrrreat!". BookPage.com. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  18. ^ "That's One Big Map of M-a-n-h-a-t-t-a-n". Nytimes.com. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  19. ^ "Collage workshop at Fairfield Library". Minuteman News Center. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  20. ^ "A Pop Art Revivalist". Litchfield County Times. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  21. ^ "Cerealism". Illinois Times. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  22. ^ "Recycled Art: Michael Albert's "Cerealist" Pop Art Project & Exhibit in Huntington". Long Island Press. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  23. ^ "Make Art with Michael Albert: A Modern Pop-Art Experience". Patch.com. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  24. ^ "New York Pop Artist Michael Albert To Visit Chattanooga Public Library". Chattanoogan.com. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  25. ^ "Trash to treasures: New York artist teaches Kansas City locals how to make pop art from garbage". KSHB-TV. Archived from the original on October 1, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  26. ^ "Artist teaches students to express themselves with art". News 12 Networks. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  27. ^ "Artist's summer tour comes to Cornwall Library". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  28. ^ "Queens Village students get lesson in 'Cerealism'". TimesLedger Newspapers. Retrieved November 1, 2015.