All artwork is, ultimately, a self portrait. A painting, drawing, or sculpture reflects our dreams, our desires, our fears, our hopes, our insecurities, our culture, our lineage, our seasons and our worldview. It's impossible to make work that is detached from those things.
I was raised in and around the church. As an adult, I am particularly interested in investigating what has informed my faith and ideologies. Western culture is largely influenced by the church and church traditions. I am a product of that. I’m constantly trying to reconcile my deeply rooted ideologies (good and bad) with the context that I exist in and my personal experience. Expressing the collision of faith and personal experience is the ongoing negotiation in my work.
As such, my work attempts to wrestle openly with the fears I have around faith, identity, and the human condition.
I am a contemporary American Artist living and working from my studio in Austin, Texas. My wife and I relocated my studio to Austin from Charlottesville, Virginia in June 2020. I went to school at James Madison University where I earned a BFA in Architecture. Between my education and starting my full-time studio practice, I spent some time working as an interior designer focusing on contemporary residential design. Since transitioning into a full-time practice, my career has taken me to some incredible places. I’ve had the privilege to exhibit my work all over the United States, place art in collections worldwide, and work with some incredible clients and designers. It is truly my joy to spend my life painting and bringing thought provoking artwork into this world.
Bee Cave, TX
Virginia Beach, VA
New Haven, CT
Los Angeles, CA
Toronto Ontario, Canada
Hong Kong, China
Abstractions. 2023 (group)
River North Artwalk. 2022 (group)
Decomposure. 2022 (solo)
Sugar. 2022 (group)
False Start. 2022. (group)
Glam. 2021 (group)
Altered Allusions. 2021 (solo)
Together / Apart. 2021. (group)
A Shift In Perspective. 2020 (solo)
Headcount Portrait show. 2019 (group)
McGuffey Arts Center: New Members show. 2019 (group)
The Circuit mural exhibit. 2017 (solo)
ArcD Thesis Jurried show. 2017 (group)
Reframe Presents: 2 / Two. 2016 (group)
SADAH Annual Jurried show. 2016 (group)
Experiencing Lent in B & W. 2015 (group)
Reframe Presents: Fully Human. 2015 (group)
ArcD Jurried Show. 2014 (group)
Virginia Governor's School Jurried Show. 2013 (group)
COVER | Pepper Magazine | December Issue | Dec. 2022
Artist Feature | Create Magazine | Issue 31 | July 2022
Show Review | Austin Chronicle | Arts Feature "Altered Allusions: New Works by Nate Szarmach at Davis Gallery | April 2021