About Andy Braitman
Andy Braitman is an artist of national stature. Over his 40 years of painting his work has been featured in one-man and group shows in Santa Fe, Chicago, Atlanta, Banner Elk, Baltimore, Naples, Florida, Millburn, N.J., Washington, D.C., Noorbeek, Holland, and Rio de Janiero and Curitba, Brazil. In Charlotte, Andy has exhibited at the Jerald Melberg, Hodges Taylor, and Redsky Galleries; and is currently showing at Shain Gallery. He was chosen by Nancy Reagan as one of America's Leading Artists, along with other notable artists such as Frank Stella and Andrew Wyeth, and asked to contribute a decorated Easter egg to the White House. The egg is now on display in the Smithsonian Institute Castle. As a young artist, he was selected to participate in the prestigious Maryland Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Charles Museum of Art in Baltimore.
HE WON THE WARTON AWARD GRANT FOR OUTSTANDING SENIOR ARTIST
Andy was born in Casper, Wyoming but grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. He attended the University of Maryland, and it was there that he discovered a true passion for art. He took every art class offered by the university. With the exception of a few part-time jobs, adjunct teaching positions at a few Baltimore area colleges, and six years as a visiting artist, Andy has supported himself solely through the sale of his paintings. In his visiting artist role, he has been guest lecturer at area colleges, conducted workshops, judged art competitions, and participated in public art projects.
His students praise "his many geniuses"
Andy's decision in 1995 to open Braitman Studio in Charlotte, N.C. as an art school coincided with his plans to marry his wife, Carol. The school started with one adult and one teen class, and has grown to include a teaching and support staff for approximately 100 students and exhibiting artists. Andy has been surprised at the enjoyment he has found in teaching. His students praise "his many geniuses" - his ability to bring out each individual's own artistic style, his expertise is his ability to work with students at all levels, and the encouragement and support he gives to every student. “I absolutely love painting; I find it to be a constant challenge and reward and thoroughly enjoy sharing that love with anyone who wants to learn an insight into it’s magic.”