Hi, I'm Nate Szarmach
I am a contemporary American Artist living and working from my studio in Austin, Texas. My wife and I moved to Austin from Charlottesville, Virginia in June 2020.
I began my career as a photo-realist painter when I sold my first piece at a young age. I went to school for Architectural Design where I earned a BFA in Architecture. Between my education and beginning my career as a full-time painter in 2019, I spent some time working as a residential interior designer focusing primarily on modern and contemporary design. I believe that my artistic vision is built on the foundation of those three; interior design, architecture, and photorealistic painting. Although my focus has shifted primarily to abstract painting, I do not consider myself only an abstract artist. I am simply an artist.
While I would not categorize myself a "Christian Artist" my faith plays a large role in how I approach my work and conduct myself with clients. I believe that God has specifically and uniquely made me to be a creative and I'm learning more what that means everyday. My goal, above all else, is to reveal and honor parts of his character and love through my work. I believe that a love for creative processes point us to a love for a creative God.
Most of my work deals with searching for reconciliation and harmony on the surface of a painting or drawing. Multiple, and often contradictory, modes of drawing and painting are utilized in one composition. I am fascinated with contrast. However, my work doesn’t explore contrast for the sake of tension, but rather explores how to reconcile and harmonize things that are traditionally exclusive. For example; expressive brush strokes and meticulous realism may weave together while occupying the same space. This search for harmony plays itself out through subject matter, medium, genre, process, scale, and conceptual goals.
It is said that every painting an artist produces is a self portrait. I believe my fascination with things in contrast is a direct reflection of the tensions that I feel within myself. Therefore, the search for harmony in my work is an extension of a desire for harmony internally and a celebration for the variety of things in contrast. My hopeful spirit towards reconciliation and unity is the direct result of an ongoing restorative relationship with God. While my work explores the tension felt by disunity, I resolves myself on the promise of eventual restoration in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you
private collections include:
Virginia Beach, VA
New York, NY
New Haven, CT
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)
Blue Ridge Architects student exhibitoin. 2016 (solo)
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)
J. Benford Wilford Scholarship Exhibition. 2014 (group)
ArcD Jurried Show. 2014 (group)
Virginia Governor's School Jurried Show. 2013 (group)