Inspired initially by the artists of the New York School and by Chinese and Japanese art, Schatz’s work explores the sensuality of gesture and line, the dynamism of pictorial space as a signifier of bodily experience, and the notion of reality as infinite process. Thomas Sokolowski, former Director of the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, has described his work as "lush skeins of finely measured and almost mathematically paced staves of pure feeling." The Paris-based poet Nina Zivancevic has written that his work “attests to the futility of our attempts to tame the wild and unpredictable.” Schatz's work has been shown internationally in gallery, museum and university venues, including several one-person shows in New York and Paris. His art is in the permanent collections of the Fogg Museum of Harvard University, the Pollock Works on Paper Collection at Southern Methodist University (Dallas), the U.S. Department of State (American Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria), the University of Scranton (Scranton, PA), and Pfizer Inc, as well as in many private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Schatz was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and studied at the Baum School of Art there as a young man. He earned a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude in history and philosophy at the University of Scranton, then continued his fine art studies at Massachusetts College of Art and The Art Institute of Boston. He currently lives and works in New York.
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