Winner by Michael Hafftka. Because a unique painting can reflect a difficult life and great artistic achievements.
Currently, Michael Hafftka lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, after a long way of hard experiences, magic encounters and artistic experimentation. His work is represented in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, Housatonic Museum of Art, Arizona State University Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, and Yeshiva University Museum… Not a bad curriculum!
Why does his artwork deserve this top position? Well, sometimes is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Thus, if we see his ‘Winner’, we see the deep initiation he has followed to understand our human essence and… Furthermore, the freedom of his technique, a freedom that an artist only achieves after painting every day during very many years.
His ‘Winner’ has left people behind and is giving back to his personal prison: he is a number 1. Some winners have trampled others, but Michael Hafftka has helped other artists and learning from them (Antoni Gaudi, Norris Embry, George McNeil, Francis Bacon…) has created a new iconography where unconscious/conscience abstract/figurative poetry/painting are talking. Of course, this dialogue is the essence of art, because Art is the last border between reality and fiction, because Art is the place where magic lives.
Son of holocaust survivors, emigrant in Europe, worker in Israel, peddler in New York, rejected of large galleries for years… It was his tenacity what has made him a winner. In my opinion, his ‘Winner’ is a self-portrait… but maybe whatever painting is a self-portrait of the artist who has painted it.
Congratulations for your work and life, Michael.
If you wants to read interesting anecdotes of Michael Hafftka life, visit his web and of course, enjoy his artwork and the last magic happening of his life.