Sidney Maurer is the first painter in the history of art who has created over 150 of the great personalities of his own time. Born in 1926, Maurer became an assistant art director at Columbia Records in New York City, designing album covers and promotional material for popular artists. His co-worker at the time: a young artist by the name of Andy Warhol.
As Andy left to pursue a career in “serious” art, Maurer expanded his commercial art studio to tackle a wide range of projects for the music and film industries. His position brought him into contact with a group of artists whose names are well-recognized today, from Pollack to Rauschenberg, and Maurer was strongly influenced by their work and ideas as he developed his own unique style of painting.
Throughout the mid-sixties, Maurer continued his work for the music industry. He worked with famed British recording artist Donovan, developing album covers, poster designs, and even a film for Warner Brothers. It was during this period that Maurer’s work as a painter first gained recognition, appearing in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris.
In the early nineties, Maurer realized that the empire of music and art that he had helped to build left him little time to pursue his true passion: painting. He moved to Atlanta, developing a vast catalogue of works and perfecting his personal style. In the last decade, his work has hung in a wide variety of venues, including the Georgia Capitol, the Carnegie Museum in Oxnard, California, and the U.C.L.A. campus. His recent works vary widely in subject matter, addressing fascinatingly disparate elements within our culture.
Sidney Maurer passed away on May 14, 2017 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.