Adam Handler


Adam Handler (1986) was born in NYC and grew up on Long Island, New York. As a young child and adolescent, he spent countless hours at his grandparents framing factory in Brooklyn. There, his passion for the arts grew and it became inevitable that he too would discover the many possibilities of art. Handler studied Classical Life Drawing in Italy and went on to graduate from Purchase College with a degree in Art History. He has also studied Craft Design, Art Restoration, Sculpture and printing color photography with Debra Mesa-Pelly.

Handler has mounted major solo exhibitions globally. His work has also been shown extensively at major art fairs which include Art New York, Art Taipei, Art021, DNA Shenzhen, Jing Art Fair and the Armory Fair NY. In more recent years, Handler works have been sold through Sothebys, Christies, Phillips and Ravanel in Taiwan. Handlers’ work has been included in numerous collective exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada, Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Currently Handler is working towards his first major Museum Exhibition in Asia as well as creating new paintings and sculpture for KIAF, Art Singapore and Art Central Hong Kong.


Curator Janet Lehr states about Handler’s work: His characters are reduced to puristic shapes and textures reminiscent of uninhibited adolescence. However, echoing a similar sophistication to Willem de Kooning’s figures, Handler competently and intriguingly allows figure and background to integrate at moments. This compositional choice is particularly inspiring for introspection. His technical expression in stroke resonates in his color palette. He skilfully builds a pointedly dynamic atmosphere within the canvas utilizing an impressive range of hues. Some pieces focus in rich, deep colors and others whose find resonance in pastels to further internal conversation.

Adam Handler

Southwest Girl and the Spooked Cactus under a purple sky

Oil stick, acrylic and pencil on canvas

152.5 x 183 cm
60 x 72 in


Curious Pajama Girl and ghost under a soft evening

skittle sky Oil stick, acrylic and pencil on canvas

122 x 152.5 cm
48 x 60 in