Born: Bronx, NY 1943
It is necessary to leave all baggage of preconceived ideas at the studio door and begin work to set up a magnetic field between oneself and their work.
High School of Music and Art, Diploma June 1962
School of Visual Arts, Certificate in Fine Arts, June 1966
Honors and Awards
Four year Merit Scholarship, School of Visual Arts (1962-66)
Honorable Mention, painting, School of Visual Arts (1966)
First Prize: Printmaking (purchase award) School of Visual Arts (1965)
Teachers have included: Allen D’Arcangelo, Salvatore Scarpitta, Frank Roth, Marisol, Herbert Katzman, and Herbert Kallem.
1979 Touch Exhibit, Jewish Guild for the Blind, New York, NY
Collaborated with Willa Shalit to enable visually impaired clients to create life casts of their own bodies for a “touch” exhibit.
Vasari Diary, “Blindness and Insight”, Eleanor Heartney. October 1989.
1199 News, Volume 14. No. 9. "People". Interview and photos. September 1996.
In addition to painting, from 1970 - 2008 Emil Mare worked as an Art Therapist and Recreation Specialist at the Jewish Guild for the Blind in New York City. He taught woodworking, ceramics, metal working, and mosaic workshops for visually impaired clients. He took visually impaired and multi-impaired clients to exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History and to interactive workshops at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1989 he led visually impaired artists to interact with bronze sculptures of Roy Lichtenstein at the 65 Thompson Street Galley in conjunction with Hospital Audiences, Inc.- a documentary was made about the experience which aired on PBS through the Checkerboard Foundation.
Works are in private collections in Europe and the United States.