David Hochbaum (b. 1972) left his New York home in 1990 for Boston‘s School of the Museum of Fine Arts where he studied photography, painting, and sculpture. In 1995, he returned to New York and began showing locally immediately. In the following 2 decades, Hochbaum’s work has been exhibited at galleries and museums in Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Denmark, the UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Chile, and in venues across the United States. Dedicated to the idea of community, Hochbaum strives to work collectively with artists from all genres and backgrounds. Besides being actively involved with collaborative ensembles, he has hosted critique salons, offered free workshops for artists at his studio, and helps to create projects for artists, which raise money and interest in their work. David moved his studio to Somerville, Massachusetts in 2015 where he currently lives.
Hocbaum is a multidisciplinary artist with a wide range of techniques. His love for process brings together traditional darkroom photography with painting, printmaking, and collage to create a textured tableau layered with color, text, and imagery. His dedication to the unique print persists with his digitally produced images incorporating hand coloring, inscribed text, homemade encaustic, and custom-built frames which insure that every piece becomes one of a kind. His sculptures are an extension of his imagery bringing his vision to a furthered textural dimension. His passion for construction and experimentation keeps his work spontaneous while solidly planted within his unique voice.
Hochbaum’s output is centered on the power of myth and memory. But to understand his work, one must understand that the myths he explores have little to do with the gods and monsters of antiquity. Hochbaum incorporates the ideas, ideologies, and iconography of his vivid dreams and recollections with the lives seen on the streets to create a new mythology. These visceral stories attempt to explain visually the unknown elements and intricacies of modern life. It is the desire to communicate the lessons of this mythos with all of humanity in a common, unmistakable tongue that drives Hochbaum’s efforts, but it is the exposure of his inner demons and personal struggles that transform paint, and photography, and sculpture into catalysts for change and understanding.