Ariel J. Klein grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland where he was named by Governor Martin O’Malley a distinguished Scholar in the Arts, the state’s recognition of “exceptional achievement, inspirational work and artistic merit.” He studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Bellas Artes.
In Spain he produced his first comprehensive series reflecting the Spanish concept of everyday life. When he returned to the United States to finish his BFA at MICA in 2012, he produced his Baltimore Series in which he applied the palette and style of Spanish art to contemporary scenes in Baltimore.
After graduating college he worked as a scenic painter in the District of Columbia on Spanish and Latin American stage productions for the GALA Hispanic Theatre. Klein had his first solo show in 2013, Following the Thin Woman, a retrospective of his work from Madrid, Baltimore and Silver Spring.
In 2014 he was named an artist in residence at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD. During his residency he shadowed “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band to create a new series of paintings that inspire a sense of pride and appreciation for this American cultural icon. In 2015 he was invited back to Strathmore to show his more recent works.
He is currently living and working in NYC.