Ariel Klein is an emerging visual artist living in New York City, who works in a variety of mediums – primarily oil, acrylic and watercolor. His work is both abstract and figurative, and often a combination of both.
In 2012 after completing his BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore - including a year at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid Facultad de Bellas Artes – Klein’s career has taken off in many directions beginning with a well-received retrospective of his work at the Purple Coconut, a pop-up gallery he created and ran in Silver Spring, Maryland, near where he grew up.
Klein also did scene painting for GALA Hispanic Theater in Washington, where he exhibited his Spanish-themed Muses series. In 2014 he was named artist-in-residence at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland. During the yearlong fellowship he shadowed “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, producing portraits of this acclaimed cultural icon.
Many of these works were exhibited at Strathmore and continue to hang in the Marine Barracks in Washington, DC where the musicians are based.
In 2016 Klein interrupted his graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to work at the Bronx Veteran’s Hospital and Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital, where he created hyper-realistic facial prostheses. Simply put, he has been instrumental in repairing veterans’ faces. “As an artist the work has given me a new perspective on life and loss,” he says. “Every new eye and ear and nose changes people’s lives.”
What he has learned on the job – use of specialized lathes, hand pieces, casting and compression-molding machinery – has helped him to expand his artistic vision on paper, canvas and wood in his studio in Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood.
Klein’s work appears on album covers and in 2018 on skateboards in collaboration with Bureau Skate Shop in Washington, DC. The shop also hosted a solo show of his skateboard drawings titled, “Caressing the Asphalt.” Klein’s work has been shown in New York, Washington, DC, Wilmington, Delaware and China. His work can be found in private collections in Maryland, New York and Spain and is in on exhibit at the Voice of America in the nation’s capital.