John Gruenwald Biography

John Gruenwald




Born in 1951 in Wisconsin, John Gruenwald has been drawing pictures since childhood. In high school his teacher introduced him to etching and a love affair with printmaking was born. In college it was stone lithography that caught his attention. After graduation, he and his former instructor, Roland Poska, were partners in a collaborative print shop, Fishy Whale Press, printing stone lithographs for other artists.  From there Gruenwald moved to New Mexico to open his own print shop, Windmill Press, and printed for artists of the Southwest.  After a short stint working at Landfall Press in Chicago, he opened Cream City Graphics in Milwaukee where he printed and published artists of the Midwest for 15 years. During this period, he also taught printmaking at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Gruenwald moved to San Francisco, California in the mid 1990s where the focus has been on his own artwork: printmaking and oil painting. For three years, he partnered with Terry Chastain in Tinhorn Gallery, a storefront print gallery and studio in Hayes Valley, until opening the current incarnation of Gruenwald Press on Mission Street in 2005.

His work is represented by Annex Galleries in Santa Rosa, California and Peltz Gallery in Milwaukee. Collections that contain work by Gruenwald  include the Milwaukee Art Museum, the City of Seattle, and the Harry Quadracci Collection.