Born and raised in New York City, Alan Fishman has been an artist for more than forty years. He received a BFA from Cornell University, with further study and years of residence in Italy. Fishman’s works are continually exhibited in group and solo exhibitions, and can be found in many collections around the world. 

His bright acrylic paintings are bold, direct, and filled with a distinctive musical energy. With a love of color, texture, and form, Fishman’s paintings reflect and refract the natural world, the realm of ancient myth, the tangle of human relationships, and the complexity of the human spirit. It’s no small coincidence that his work is so often described as lyrical: Alan Fishman is also an accomplished classical musician, who has been playing the piano since the age of five. 

As Steven May wrote in a featured article in Portland Magazine in 2004, “Fishman traces his artistic roots mainly to Europe, citing as examples Klee, Matisse, Monet, and Picasso. And while his art may start with recognizable forms, it primarily reflects his interest in light, movement, color, and abstraction.”

A Professor Emeritus of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Fishman now lives with his wife and their son in a converted barn on the coast of Maine.