Jami Taback Biography

Jami Taback




Jami Taback, painter and printmaker, was born in Queens, New York on December 16, 1953. She seemed destined to be an artist as she began attending the Victor D'Amico School of Art at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan at the age of five. Taback continued her studies into her fourteenth year when the school closed. In the 1960s, she studied at the Paul Margin Painting Studio in Westbury, New York, and in the 1970s, she studied with Ruth Leaf who taught her printmaking techniques. Her education continued at New York University where she studied with Krishna Reddy and practiced the techniques of color viscosity. Later she worked at Robert Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop in Manhattan, as well as at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina where she studied under Harvey Littleton and explored the use of the glass etch process in printmaking. In 1980, she studied the techniques of the Renaissance painters with Mari Klarwein in New York.

Taback is a member of the California Society of Printmakers and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and has exhibited with both organizations. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and has a long history of her work being included in group exhibitions. Her work was selected for a Painting Prize at the Arad Biennale 2005 in Romania, and a Strathmore Paper Artists Award, and is in the collections the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York; Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire; Dowling State College in Oakdale, New York; the IBM Corporation in Manhattan; the International Museum of South Africa, Johannesburg; the Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg; and St. Johns University, Jamaica, New York.

Jami Taback reflected on her work:

I am a transplanted New York artist to California. This new environment has completely taken me by surprise in that my work has gone through some changes, much to my delight. Color and composition are most important to me and my work represents this in the playful way I use and reuse shapes and elements repeatedly creating unique groups or prints related to each other through technique and subject matter.