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Meet David Hochbaum of David Hochbaum Studio

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Hochbaum.

David, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a mixed media artist originally from New York. I am a graduate of Boston ‘s School of the Museum of Fine Arts(91-95) where I studied photography, painting and sculpture. In 1995 I returned to New York City and began showing locally immediately. In the following 2 decades, my work has been exhibited at galleries and museums in Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Denmark, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Chile and in venues across the United States.

Dedicated to the idea of community, I strive to work collectively with artists from all genres and backgrounds. Besides being actively involved with collaborative ensembles, 1 have hosted critique salons, offered free workshops for artists at my studio and help to create projects for artists, which raise money and interest in their work. I moved my studio to Somerville, Massachusetts in 2015 where I currently live.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not always smooth, no. I have certainly found many challenges like most people do and I feel I have acquired the tools I need to navigate through some of them. But I have certainly taken a few hits on the chin.

Some of the challenges, to just mention a few, have dealt with the ability to dedicate the attention and time to my work. And when having the time, maintaining the focus and discipline. Being able to manage costs in order to create works and survive.

Learning to communicate and collaborate with friends and other people has definitely taught me the bulk of the answers and helped me over obstacles I have come across.

David Hochbaum Studio – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I create mixed media art. I am not a company, I am an individual. I work mainly in photography, painting and sculpture, the 3 combined or on their own. But it is not exclusive to just the 3. I love the process. This keeps my hands in my pots.

My love for history, memory, myth and family are deep seeds of my visuals. I work ideas through different media applying many techniques, layering thought the process and physical materials. Becoming the type of artist I am is both something I feel proud of. This is also the answer to the next question.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
There are too many special moments that I value tremendously that I can’t really say which is the proudest. It is something I do not know.

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