Born in Chicago, Jeffrey Nemeroff was raised near Los Angeles where he began studying art at an early age. When not in private art class he could always be found with pencil and paper in hand, so there was never a question about what career path might be taken. In college he studied both fine art and design, concentrating on art history, color theory, draftsmanship and the human figure. After obtaining a BFA, he continued an education in painting at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles and began exhibiting his work.
While honing his fine art skills, Nemeroff also enjoyed a successful career as a creative director. For almost fifteen years he lead the photography and design of Architectural Digest magazine, splitting his time between Los Angeles and New York. He was fortunate to have worked with the world's top photographers, interior designers and architects and visited some of the most interesting properties around the world. After deciding to leave the magazine Nemeroff turned his attention back to the arts and moved to San Francisco.
For over a decade the human form dominated Nemeroff's compositions. He was obsessed with the figure and continuously studied its representation in the arts, pouring over the German Expressionists to the Abstract Expressionists, the Impressionists to the Surrealists, the Bay Area Figurative Artists, Schiele, Giacometti, Neel, de Kooning, Kahlo, Bacon.
While working on a series of figures collaged with string, however, his concentration was pulled in a different direction. He became engrossed in the accidental forms that were created by the string and the challenge of establishing a composition from this disorganization, so his work slowly evolved to the abstract. Most recent pieces are produced using various fibers and deconstructed canvas much like a drawing implement, developing primarily unmethodical forms over an acrylic ground. Fabric, wallpaper, silver leaf or found objects are also integrated into the work, which is finished using a more classical painting technique... multiple layers of oils and glazes. The result is an interesting dichotomy between the mass-produced elements and the organic nature of the composition itself.
Most recently, he completed a month-long artist residency in Northern Norway, which consequently lead to a new series of abstracts, landscapes and figures. These works are being created in Nemeroff's San Francisco studio where he lives with his wife, Catherine, and dog, Fox.
Over the past twenty years, Jeffrey Nemeroff’s work has been included in exhibitions in the United States and Asia—from a group show at the Asian Art Museum in Fukuoka, Japan, to a solo show in New York’s famous Fuller Building. His work can be found in collections throughout the United States—including the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Florida, Atlanta— as well as Britain, Europe and the Middle East.