Noah Becker

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Noah Becker
Noah Becker.jpg
Born 1970
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Citizenship (dual) American and Canadian[1]
Occupation Artist, painter, art writer, publisher, musician
Musical career
Genres Jazz
Instruments saxophone

Noah Becker (born 1970)[2] is an American and Canadian artist, writer, publisher and jazz saxophonist who lives and works in New York City.[3][4][5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Becker was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up on a 40-acre farm on Thetis Island, off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.[4][7] He moved with his family to Victoria, British Columbia, at age 15, after their house burned down.[4] He had little early formal education and did not attend high school.[5] He was a student at Victoria College of Art,[4] and completed a year studying saxophone at Humber College,[8] before moving to New York in 2004.[9]

Career and Projects[edit]

Working from his studio in Brooklyn,[10] Becker's oil paintings have been exhibited in numerous museums, galleries, and major art fairs in Canada, the United States and Europe, including in New York City,[11] Los Angeles, Detroit,[12] London,[13] Vancouver,[14] Toronto,[15] Montreal,[15] Miami and Switzerland. His most recent New York solo exhibition was in November, 2013.[10]

Becker is the founder and editor-in-chief of Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, an online contemporary art magazine.[8] He is also a contributing writer for Art in America Magazine, Canadian Art Magazine and the Huffington Post.[2][16]

Becker's first album, Where We Are, features guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel.[9] Becker's recent recordings as a sideman have been with Canadian hip hop artist Moka Only. Rosenwinkel and Only also contributed music to the soundtrack of New York Is Now, Becker's 2010 documentary on the New York art scene.[17]


In 2009, Becker was one of 15 artists nominated for the RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Painting Prize. This exhibition toured Becker's painting to Musée D'Art Contemporain De Montréal and the Power Plant in Toronto.[15]

NYArts magazine named him as one of their 30 Artists To Watch in 2012.[3][18]

Becker's work is in The Michael C. Williams Collection of the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery at the University of Victoria in Saanich, British Columbia,[19] and was added to the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, in May, 2014.[20]


  1. ^ Maidman, Daniel (2013-04-06). "Q0: Daniel Maidman and Noah Becker in conversation". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Contributing Artists / Writers". Art Voices magazine. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  3. ^ a b Lanthier, Nancy (2014-05-06). "Art This Week: Noah Becker, Martha Varcoe Sturdy and Kelly Lycan". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  4. ^ a b c d Martinez, Jamie (2013-05-30). "Ten questions for Artist Noah Becker". Arte Fuse. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  5. ^ a b Tron, Gina (2013-04-09). "Noah Becker". Ladygun. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  6. ^ "Noah Becker". MoMA PS1. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  7. ^ Griffin, Kevin (2014-05-21). "Noah Becker: challenging traditional portraits as heroic figures". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  8. ^ a b Gibbs, Rick (2010). "Player, Painter, Publisher: Noah Becker's Career Is Whitehot". Boulevard (May/June 2010): 60–63. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  9. ^ a b "Take Five With Noah Becker". All About Jazz. 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  10. ^ a b Maliszewski, Lynn (2013). "Trying Not to Think Too Much: the Work of Noah Becker". NYArts. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  11. ^ Colucci, Emily (2013-03-08). "Scope New York Brings the Streets to the Fair". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
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  13. ^ "Stranger: An exhibition of self-portraits and their aesthetic value opens at Flowers Gallery in London". ArtDaily. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  14. ^ "How Soon Is Now". Vancouver Art Gallery. 2009. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  15. ^ a b c "RBC announces semi-finalists in the eleventh annual RBC". Bloomberg News. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  16. ^ "Noah Becker". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  17. ^ Zimmer, Lori (2014-04-23). "Video: Noah Becker's New York Is Now". Art Nerd New York. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  18. ^ "30 Artists To Watch in 2012: Part III". NYArts. 2012. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  19. ^ Tuele, Nicholas (2013-03-08). "About Exhibit". The Williams Legacy: Contemporary Art of the Pacific Northwest. University of Victoria. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  20. ^ Mitchell, Grady (2014-05-08). "SEEN IN VANCOUVER #496 : Noah Becker's Show At East Hastings' Back Gallery Project". Scout magazine. Vancouver. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 

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