David Hochbaum Bio and Artist Statement

David Hochbaum Bio


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 almost immediately. In the following decade, Hochbaum's work has been seen in Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, 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 hosts monthly critique salons, offers free workshops for artists and helps to create projects for artists which raise money and interest in their work.


Hochbaum's output is centered on the power of myth. 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 with the lives seen everyday on the streets of his native New York 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 which drives Hochbaum's efforts, but it is the exposure of his inner demons and personal struggles that transform paint, photography and sculpture into catalysts for change and understanding.