"I'm inspired by metamorphic design, the intimacy of light and shadow, and their juxtaposition with patterns existent in nature. I enjoy exploring themes in human form and invention and infuse traditional aesthetic sensibilities with design imagery to create emotive narratives about the universal human condition. I work in graphite pencil, ink, marker- sometimes, acrylic. This site is devoted exclusively to my drawings."
Maxine Nodel is a versatile visual artist who received her B.F.A. in Fine Art from the Cooper Union in NYC and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College where she studied privately with Beat poet, Allen Ginsberg. She exhibits in a variety of venues, is the recipient of numerous fine art awards, and sells her work nationally and internationally, Her work has been selected for public displays and profiled in various arts publications. At age 11, Maxine's art work was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
After spending 32 years as an arts educator, Maxine has circled back to her own art. She was the founder and Principal of the Millennium Art Academy, an award-winning visual arts high school she created with a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to serve NYC Bronx students. The school received the 2009 Lincoln Center Institute 1st-Place Award for Most Imaginative Curriculum in NYC.
Maxine is a member of the Westchester Council for the Arts, the Blue Door Art Center (Yonkers, NY), the Edward Hopper House Art Center, the National Art League (long Island, NY), and the Westbury Arts Council (long Island, NY). She comes from a family of artists, musicians, architects and currently lives and makes art in Westchester County, New York.