Jeff Schneider was born in Bethesda, Maryland and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami University and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati.
After moving to New York, Schneider worked as a studio assistant for many of New York's most recognized artists, notably Moira Dryer, Ron Gorchov, Dorothea Rockburne, Janet Fish, Chuck Close and David Salle.
Schneider has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has lectured at Hunter College in New York and The Dun Loaghaire Institute of Art in Dublin. He was nominated for the prestigious Rome Prize and an invited artist to the Royal Hibernian Academy 182nd Annual Exhibition. He has taught at the college level as an adjunct professor and is currently working with the NYC Department of Education as a visual art consultant.
“My desire to paint comes from looking at paintings and identifying with the actual material process. You must feel that your ‘self’ is capable of being expressed through paint. Moreover, a good painting should have an immediate impact and then reward the viewer for coming back. The longer you look at it, the more you discover, and the better it becomes. I’ve always tried to make visible what’s underneath an image, to discover the hidden apparatus that determines how something is seen. In retrospect, music, poetry, and photography have always been starting points for my work, reference points that create the push and pull of negative and positive space vying for a place in the painting which further provides a mixture of visual cues that create endless points of entry for understanding the rhythm, gesture, and depth within the painting. I believe painting is the perfect way to critique work you already admire because you can take the most interesting things in that work and then try to push your work as the new way forward; to make it become the next important step. For me, it's the tradition in art and in creative thought, to build on what you're seeing or even love and then try and take it to a new and original place.”
Oil, acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 cm 2021
Oil. acrylic on canvas 71 x 61 cm 2022
Oil, acrylic, shellac on canvas 66 x 56 cm 2019
Oil, acrylic, shellac on canvas 132 x 96 cm 2019