Primarily self taught, Writer/Artist Rex Maurice Oppenheimer has written many nonfiction books and articles, poetry, lyrics for songs recorded on Capitol and Arista Records, and his art has been purchased by collectors in the United States and abroad.
Although he had won awards as an artist at an early age, writing dominated his life for many years. The desire to paint, which had smoldered within, emerged some years ago when he was living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he met and studied briefly with the Artist Roger Williams.
A dual American/French citizen, who has traveled extensively and lived on four continents, he has traversed a checkered past, which included everything from smuggling pre-Columbian art out of Mexico, being a vagabond in India and across Asia, to living in London’s Belgravia replete with Rolls and chauffer.
His books include 'Reinventing Paradise: a modern history of Los Angeles;' 'Miracles Happen - Bet on it! – The story of Las Vegas;' 'Washington, D.C. - the conscience of America;' 'River Town Hometown - an illustrated appreciation of Cincinnati'; 'Louisville – A Legendary American City'; and 'Be Your Best, a Comprehensive Guide to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, written by the experts', with medical editor Peter Bela Fodor, M.D., F.A.C.S., past president of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and 'Beyond Measure, Collected Poems.'
The abstract nature of reality plays a large role in the art I create. That the world we see comprises shapes of color, and those color shapes laid onto a canvas recreate the world, but with a difference.
The ordinary, the everyday, whether in the hulls of boats and slate roof tiles reflecting the sun, the towering gray walls of the city or the bright buildings dappling some Mediterranean coast, is telling us that we’ve walked these paths for centuries, understanding little, yet feeling it all.
I hope to find the intersection of the unknown and the commonplace, to bring the soul of the mountain to the surface of its stones.
One can talk about their art as a search for meaning or understanding. It can be an expression of freedom. My art is a statement of gratitude. I am grateful to be alive. Period. My understanding is fleeting, my search was self-seeking, knowing is beyond me and within me.
Although I like a lot of abstract art, I tend to prefer, and always create, art with a strong representational aspect, yet I don’t really care that much for photorealism. I was greatly influenced by the impressionists.
I like to capture the way colors vibrate and flow within each other. I love working with paint, both oil and acrylic. I find it perfectly suited to capturing and creating my impressions of the world.
I paint scenes and people that attract me because the shapes, colors and values I see in them reveal a sense of character, both theirs and mine.