Jeff Ferst Meet

Jeff Ferst

San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

About Jeff Ferst

San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

Jeff is a colorist, an abstractionist and most of all a storyteller.

Over the years, since early childhood, he has created art. In his youth in the Bronx drawing was his thing. In his early years at NYU Jeff was a print maker and created vibrant serigraph prints and etchings. He also was enamored with the tactile arts – ceramics and sculpture. He was lucky starting off to get representation at a Greenwich Village gallery – the 8th Street Gallery when he was 19.

Then as a young adult Jeff discovered Canada, moved to Toronto and found his stride as a painter. Still true to his colourist roots painting still life and landscapes of the Canadian countryside. Galleries liked the work and began to represent him. As Jeff grew as a painter he began to play with texture. He also began to explore abstractions.

The abstractions were at first fluid geometrics which were a play of color, form & texture. At the same time he was continuing his landscape paintings to meet the demand of his gallery affiliates. Then he fell in love with Tucson and the Sonoran desert. Moving there in 2012 changed his life.

After moving there the work changed. Jeff's love of the desert came out in his work. Vibrant sunsets of intense colour became the focus to satisfy those who followed his landscapes and his abstractions became stories of life in the desert. These deconstructed landscapes if you will are vibrant paintings rich in symbol and emotion.

Then in 2019 he moved to Mexico – San Miguel de Allende. Like Tucson it is the high desert, but it is more temperate and offers a better quality of life and freedom for his family and work. Here he paints glorious colorful stories of life in this colonial city. Jeff also paints nature – his garden and the abundant flora and fauna of the area. Recently he joined up with a cooperative gallery in SMA called Galeria Izamal.

Throughout his career he has participated in a variety of known shows like Red Dot Miami, Scope Hamptons, Art Expo, etc, and has had relationships with galleries here in the US and Canada. He also has been a supporter of the US State Dept Art in Embassy program and has had more work exhibited globally including alongside Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Robert Indiana. In fact in the exhibition catalog his work "Fantasia" was singled out for being the "flagship piece of the exhibit."

Jeff has also had the good fortune to have various publications cover his work calling his paintings “flamboyant,” “juicy,” and “full of life”.

These days he can be found in his studio painting or doing a new mosaic piece. He picked up mosaics a few years ago and likes to do them in between his regular schedule of paintings. Mosaics really embodies a culmination of his experiences in the art world over his lifetime. It represents not just a creative way for Jeff to express himself but it also allows him the opportunity to make art more accessible by offering his art on a variety of surfaces and opens up new doors to where the art can be placed.

Throughout his career Jeff has always gravitated toward positivity and I guess using colour the way he does is his way of expressing that positivity. This use of colour and the joy that emanates from his paintings is why his work is collected around the world.

Recent Exhibitions:

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Other works by Jeff Ferst

Selected Exhibitions

  • Galeria Izamal
    San Miguel de Allende, 2020
  • Tucson International Airport
    Tucson, AZ, 2019
  • Art House Centro
    Tucson, AZ, 2018
  • Artful Living Gallery
    Tucson, AZ, 2017
  • Artful Living Gallery
    Tucson,AZ, 2016

Press and Accolades

  • Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
  • Dushanbe Catalog
  • Multiple Other


  • New York University, BFA
    NYC, NY,1973 
  • Art Students league, Bronze Medal
    NYC, NY,1972 

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