Max Ginsburg is a painter with a conscience, using traditional realism and exquisite technique to explore his feelings about the human condition. Unafraid to paint the provocative and controversial social issues of our times, Ginsburg is helping bring representational painting into the contemporary age — a venture that began some 70 years ago.
Prolific New York-based painter Max Ginsburg is today one of the most respected and highly accomplished realist painters, but it’s been a long, arduous journey. He was born in Paris, France, in 1931, and Ginsburg and his family immigrated to the United States in 1933, living in Brooklyn, New York, during the Great Depression. These economic hard times, which were both witnessed and experienced by Ginsburg and his family, raised the young artist’s conscience and compassion and instilled in him a sensitivity and heightened awareness of social injustice.
World War II also proved pivotal for Ginsburg, who comes from a Jewish family. “We lived in Boro Park, a Jewish neighborhood, right near Irish Catholic Sunset Park,” Ginsburg remembers. “The kids were extremely anti-Semitic, and often threatened to beat me up, claiming that I had killed Christ. [This is how i]ssues of social justice and man’s inhumanity to man became the focal point of my art.” Continue reading.