Micah Schwaberow Biography

Micah Schwaberow

American

1948-

Biography

Micah Schwaberow, printmaker, painter and sculptor, was born in Eugene, Oregon in 1948. He studied painting with Maurice Lapp and printmaking with Elizabeth Quandt at the Santa Rosa Junior College in northern California. In 1981, he spent a month in Miasa, Japan studying traditional woodblock printing and, in 1982, he spent most of the year in Nagai, Japan studying with the Japanese master of color woodcut, Toshi Yoshida, and his master carvers and printers. In September of that year, he was an assistant teacher to Toshi Yoshida during a three-week woodblock course for foreigners.

Schwaberow has given lecture demonstrations at the University of California Berkeley and at Mills College in Oakland. He has produced a number of boxed suites of color woodcuts, including Tuolumne, Book I, which won first prize in a nationwide competition to commemorate Yosemite National Park. Schwaberow’s figurative works are commonly more monochromatic than his landscapes, with fewer blocks and steps used in the printing process. In addition to his prints, Schwaberow has included a sculptural element to his list of aesthetic endeavors, creating gourd vessels echoing the figures of birds and landscapes. 

His work is represented by galleries across the US and is in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and the Cleveland Museum of Art. His color woodcut, Morning Mist, Heath Township, was the 2009 Presentation Print of the Cleveland Print Club.