Myron Kaufman: That's Life . . .

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Pushing Up Daisies, 2012 Acrylic On Cardboard 30" X 41"
Myron Kaufman: That's Life . . .
Curated by: Jane Chafin

1702 Lincoln Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
May 4th, 2014 - June 1st, 2014
Opening: May 4th, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1-5pm or by appointment
painting, figurative, modern, mixed-media


Myron Kaufman

Myron Kaufman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927. He attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan as a music student, focusing on the clarinet and saxophone. An impetuous youth, he dropped out of high school to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as an apprentice electrician. A year later, he enlisted in the Navy, not, as he puts it, out of any patriotic impulse, but because he liked the uniforms.

After two years of service during World War II, he went back to school under the G.I. Bill and studied to become an electrical engineer, his primary occupation for most of his adult life. He developed naval simulators for the Naval Training Devices Center in Sands Pt., NY. He later founded and was President of a company which made equipment for analyzing data in real time. In the final years of his career he was a consultant in the laser industry. He holds four US patents in his name.

A self-described Sunday painter, Myron pursued his love of art while making a living and raising a family by taking life drawing and painting classes at the Brooklyn Museum, the West Hartford, CT Art League, the Art Students League in Manhattan and privately with painter Quinton Bemiller of Claremont, CA. He moved to California in 2007 to be near his family and has worked full time as an artist ever since. He had his first solo exhibition at Project 210 Gallery in Pasadena in February 2009 at the age of 82 and his second, Still Perplexed, at Offramp Gallery in 2010.

Witty narrative, a preternaturally bright palette and an intuitive sense of composition are the hallmarks of Myron’s work. Nothing is sacred as he tackles subjects as far ranging as Wall Street, religion, Dick Cheney, Little Orphan Annie, aging, nudity, and sexuality. Drawn initially to the bright colors and free-flowing creativity of these paintings, one’s attention is ultimately held by the narrative. Simultaneously evoking humor, emotional discomfort, and a desire to know more, one feels privileged to peek into the wonderfully strange psyche of Myron Kaufman.

Life Painting by Myron Kaufman

Whatʼs Life? 

Happiness and tears:

   pretty bowl of clay,

   pinkish ray of light,

   woman on a chaise. 

All our many fears. 


Try and try and try:

   fancy cups and plates,

   portraits hands and figures,

   many shades of grey.

We have never touched the sky. 


We have never really known:

   pictures of the hunt,

   abstracts here and there,

   drawings to instruct.

Hopefully we have grown. 


We may say that we are done:

   ancients drawings in a cave,

   horses cats and dogs,

   defeated sick enslaved. 

Gratefully weʼve not begun. 


Thatʼs life! 




There are seven billion people and no duplicate fingerprints.

There are not two identical potatoes.

Then there is a lot of work left to be done. 

(QED) Quod Erat Demonstrandum