ALBERT HANDELL was born in Brooklyn, New York
in 1937. At an early age, a favorite activity of his was drawing
with chalks on the city streets. He began formal studies of
drawing and anatomy at the age of sixteen. In 1954, he enrolled at
the Art Students League of New York City to study drawing and
anatomy with the late Louis Priscilla and the late Robert Ward
Johnson, and later studied painting for two years with Frank
Mason. From 1961 to 1965, Mr. Handell lived and traveled in
Europe. In Paris, he painted independently in his own studio,
working from the model at L'Ecole de la Grande Chaumiere and at
the Louvre, copying the old masters.
Since 1961, he has had over
thirty one-man shows and has received over seventy prizes and
awards. Mr. Handell has received grants from the John F. and Anna
Lee Stacy Foundation and from the Elizabeth T. Greenshields
Foundation, Montreal Canada. His paintings are in numerous private
and public collections and museums.
Mr. Handell now exhibits with
the Ventana Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where, since
1987, he has had annual one-man shows.
For a period of fifteen years,
1960-1975, Albert Handell's pastels were included in every book
published on pastels in the U.S.A. His pastels enjoy international