Max R. Scharf

Red Rock Crossing
MAX R. SCHARF E-mail: Cell: 314-409-7884 Artist Biography Max R. Scharf was born in 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri where he currently resides with his wife, Esther. He was formally trained at Washington University School of Fine Art in St. Louis in the early 1950’s. In 1953 he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Subsequently he was sent to Engineering Drafting School at Ft. Belvoir, VA. Upon completion of the drafting course he was assigned to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO to work in a field printing plant as an Army Artist, Film Stripper and Plate-maker. To this day he credits that training as a vital part of his artistic skills. Scharf was honorably discharged from the Army in late 1955 and he spent the next two years working as a technical illustrator in the aircraft industry in Los Angeles, CA. He returned to St. Louis to work as Art Director for Vi-Tronic, Inc, a manufacturer of executive gifts. He left Vi-Tronic in 1963 to start his own business. For the next 27 years he was self-employed in the corporate world utilizing his artistic and business skills. He was fortunate enough to travel the world during his corporate life, photographing scenes that he would eventually put to canvas. He painted on weekends during that time frame. In 1991 Scharf left the corporate world and opened his art studio in St. Louis and concentrated full time on his professional fine art career as an expressionist painter. Max R. Scharf is a no-nonsense disciplined professional who devotes all his energy, skills and experience to create a work of art that is a jubilant celebration of color, light, and motion… to brighten the day…everyday…for his viewers. Special Awards & Selected Exhibitions Winner, Saint Louis Art Museum competition for their 1992 Museum holiday card. Awarded by the Saint Louis Art Museum. Solo exhibition 1993, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service – “ Impressions of National Parks & St. Louis” held in the rotunda of the historic Old Courthouse in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis, MO USA. Selected as one of twenty-four artists to create a painting for the 1994 United States Olympic Friendship Games. Election as a Signature Member of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) in 1994 and was elected to its Board of Directors in the same year. Signature Members Asia Tour 1997, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, in Bangkok, Manila, Taipei, Taiwan and Kowloon, Hong Kong. Solo exhibition 1999, Lindenwood University, St. Louis, MO Solo exhibition 2000, William Woods University, Fulton, MO: major exhibition of 40 originals of both impressionist and abstract works. Max R. Scharf has participated in academic, public and private exhibitions in… New York, NY – Chicago, Ill – Las Vegas, NV – Scottsdale, AZ – San Francisco, CA – Irving, CA – Los Angeles, CA – Palm Springs, CA – La Jolla, CA – Laguna, Beach, CA – San Diego, CA – Park City, UT – Memphis, TN – St. Louis, MO – Osage Beach, MO – Fulton, MO – Minneapolis, MN – Bal Harbor, FL – Del Ray Beach, FL – Miami, FL, - Long Boat Key, FL – Boca Raton, FL – Okinawa, Japan - Bangkok, Thailand – Manila, Philippines – Taipei, Taiwan and Kowloon, Hong Kong. Collectors Scharf’s original paintings and/or limited edition prints hang in private and corporate collections in Japan, China, France, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, England, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, and the United States of America. Books & Web Sites Where Referenced “The Best of Acrylic Painting” Author: Duca, Alfred M. Published 1996. 3 images dedicated to the artist. Publisher: Quarry Books – Rockport, MA USA “Landscape Inspirations” Author: Knapp, Stephen Published 1997 3 images dedicated to the artist. Publisher: Quarry Books – Rockport, MA USA “Acrylic Highlights” Author: Doherty, M. Stephen Published 2004. 4 images dedicated to the artist. Publisher: American Artist Magazine-New York, New York USA “Beyond the Beyond: Emanations of Love” Author: Scharf, Esther Published 2006 72 images dedicated to the artist. Publisher: Xlibris – Philadelphia, PA USA “Max R. Scharf: American Expressionist” Author: Miichelman, Jeffrey L. Published 2006 150 images dedicated to the artist. 140 page, hard bound book, about the life of the artist and his works. Publications & Media Scharf has been cited in such publications as Art Business News, Art World News, U.S. Art Magazine, Décor Magazine, St. Louis Magazine, Counselor Magazine, PPB Magazine. Channel 5 NBC TV and Channel 30 ABC TV, plus seen in Art & Antiques Magazine and Indulge Magazine. Max R. Scharf has been a guest speaker for universities, teaching senior art classes about “The Business Part Of The Artist’s World”. In 2003 Scharf was designated “NOAPS Signature Artist Emeritus”. Scharf was selected as the Juror for the NOAPS “BEST of Missouri! 2004” competition held at the Rozier Gallery, Missouri State Museum.

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Max R. Scharf

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012
Red Rock Crossing

American Impressionist Expressionist

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Max R. Scharf Studio

Saint Louis University Museum of Art Acquires Max R. Scharf Painting for Permanent Collection

Posted on May 5, 2008 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012
Let the Games Begin

Museum acquires Max R. Scharf Painting

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SLU Museum of Art, Max R. Scharf Painting

Chateau de Chillon

Posted on Oct 12, 2007 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012
Chateau de Chillon

Lord Byron's The Prisoner of Chillon, Painting by Max R. Scharf

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Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland, Lord Byron, Prisinor of Chillon Poem, Painting of Switzerland

Spirit of the Elder

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012

Spiritual perception of Indian Chiefs.

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Native American, Indian Chief, Spiritual, Abstract, Expessionism

Neon Abstraction

Posted on May 20, 2007 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012

New creative digital effects.

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Abstract,Digital creation, New abstract process

New Max R. Scharf Canvas Giclees

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012
Nature's Beauty-flower still life

Canvas Giclee Prints of all paintings on Max R. Scharf Web Site.

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Canvas Giclees, Post-Impressionism

Las Vegas Countryside

Posted on Feb 15, 2007 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012
Red Rock Canyon 2007

Painting of Red Rock Canyon.

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Landscape, Canyon, Southwest art.

Paintings of Switzerland

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012
The Boat House at Lake Constance&ampLugano- Circa 1900The Wharf at Lake Constance&quotChateau de Chillon

Landscape Paintings

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Landscape, Switerland, Post Impressionism

Paintings of France

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012
Hotel les ThermesView of the Seine-ParisThe Path in Monet's GardenPeace at Giverny

Paintings from trips to France

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Paintings, Landscape, Post Impressionist.

Painting of France

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012
Monet's Lily PadsShadows on French Country Road

Landscape Painting

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Landscape, Impressionist, France


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