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Phil Padwe

Phil Padwe



I was born in Texas and raised in New York. I received my MFA from The New York Academy of Art and a BA from SUNY Purchase. I am a former student of The Art Students League and completed a yearlong independent study of Old Master drawings at The British Museum in 2015.


There is a duality in me that is reflected in the work: Catholic (by blood) and Jewish (by adoption); Texan (by birth) and New Yorker (since birth). I received my Irish citizenship in 2019 but am thoroughly American. I mine highbrow and lowbrow aesthetics equally and earnestly. I realize the language of art exists to give utterance to ideas and responses which verbiage often obscures; to make manifest our inner explorations, and to leave as testament for the sake of posterity.


I enjoy the marriage of apparent opposites and the challenge of reconciling mutually exclusive ideas and styles. I often use humor as a long lens through which to make sense of the world, and twenty years spent in marketing and design have left me with an overtly graphic style and love for typography.

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