Painting & Sculpture / Barry Namm
I was born in 1953 in the same neighborhood in Queens, New York, in which Isamu Nagochi had his sculpture studio. Unfortunately, I was unaware of him at the time. I grew up in Brooklyn. As a young teenager I went to the Metropolitan Museum or the Museum of Modern Art once a week. I attended Brooklyn College for Art and Music, and started teaching music in my late teens at the Metropolitan Music school. I left New york to attend the Berklee School of Music in Boston where I studied Jazz guitar. Three years later I moved to San Francisco and worked in the computer industry where I eventually became a software engineer. At the same time, I was teaching music privately. I bought a house in Oakland, California, and turned it into a sculpture studio. Eventually, I quit software, sold my house, cars and pretty much everything to do art full time. I moved to Seattle to live with my sweetheart Kathryn Allen, and we now live in Bayard, New Mexico. I have studied art with Kathryn Allen, Stephen De Stabler, and Jesus Moroles, but I'm primarily self taught. I currently teach music at Western New Mexico University and have a sculpture and painting studio in Silver City.