Michael Hafftka


My work is represented in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Housatonic Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Yeshiva University Museum and other museums.

I paint truthfully. It might be the truth of a real person or of an imaginary scene. I learned to let go of all judgment while I paint, there is only love, love of the subject being painted, love of the experience. I let go of all concerns and reach a heightened state of focus and connection with my subject, it is a very electrifying experience. As a result I achieve a unique and innovative beauty, one that wouldn’t be possible if my approach was more conventional, realistic or abstract.

I have been an artist for over 40 years. It has been rewarding to see the pleasure people get from living with my work. I am forever grateful to the collectors of my work who shared their enthusiasm with me. Being an artist is a lot of fun!
—Michael Hafftka

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