abigail lee goldberger

Artist Statement

I am inspired by fairy tales, myths, dreams, memories, experience, longing, religion, and nature so the images themselves tend to be fantastical and myth-like. I love outsider art, collages and printmaking. These styles also inform my work, so that rather than hone my technique to make the most lifelike image possible, instead I explore skewed angles, odd placements of characters within the landscape and a landscape itself that has a personality and defies what we know of the ways in a which a world is supposed to work. All of these elements come together and a painting is finished once I find that I have created a harmony of images, colors, textures, personalities and emotions that feels like a glimpse into another world.

My primary medium is oil paint but at times I also add metallic leaf powders and monoprint elements to enhance the luminosity and further capture the mood of the scene. I usually begin by laying color down on the canvas with no plan as to what will eventually emerge. My canvases are always textured by organic material added to the gesso and thick impasto strokes put on with a palette knife during underpainting. After the initial layer, I start to identify the world that exists within the painting and roughly define it. As I continue through multiple layers, a dialogue develops between me, and the characters that are emerging from the canvas. I get glimpses of their history and emotions and understand how they interact with each other and the world which they inhabit. This dialogue is what creates each world complete with a history and a future, and characters with complicated lives and allegiances who are navigating their individual world in their own way.


Abigail Lee Goldberger is a contemporary artist, born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1973. She currently lives in San Francisco, California and works out of Art Explosion Studios on Alabama street in the Mission District. She has taken part in many solo and group exhibitions around New England and in the Bay Area. Her most recent showings include a solo show in San Rafael, California, The Farmington Museum in New Mexico, and SFWA gallery in San Francisco where she won the Juror's choice award for her painting, 'The Doorway Opened Upon the New World'. She is a member of City Art Gallery in the Mission District of San Francisco and does select monthly showings there. She was also named one of the "top ten emerging contemporary artists from San Francisco to know" by the Culture Trip website.

Abigail is primarily an oil painter but has also studied and continues to practice lithography and intaglio printmaking, animation, metalwork, clay and drawing. She learned stone sculpture at an early age from her mother who was an established stone sculptor. From there she has continued to study art, in a variety of disciplines, mostly self taught but also through classes at Massachusetts College of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Abigail is influenced by fairy tales, dreams and stories of all types. Her paintings try to capture the movement of an entire story with all of its evolutions and hidden meanings within a single two dimensional frame.


Abigail Lee Goldberger
Born 1973 Boston, Massachusetts
Lives in San Francisco, California
Works out of Art Explosion Studios, San Francisco, Ca.


Select Monthly Shows City Art Cooperative Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2017-present)

museum shows

Gateway to the Imagination; Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM.(October-December 2017)
Juried by Julie Sasse curator at the Tuscon Museum of Art

solo shows

Other Worlds; Marin Jeweler's Guild Gallery, San Rafael, Ca. (September - October, 2018)

stories and dreams; Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, Ca. (October 9 - November 6, 2015)
Sponsored by Artworks Downtown

Fairy Tales and Enchantment; Athan's Cafe Gallery, Brookline, Ma. (July 3 - August 31 2014)
Sponsored by Unbound Visual Arts

art fairs

Superfine!; Fort Mason Arts Center, San Francisco, Ca. (February - March, 2020)

juried shows

A Generous Kingdom IV; Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR.(January 2020 - February 2020)

SNAP!; Arc Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.(January 2020)

ArtVale Imagined; ArtVale Gallery, Oakland, Ca.(July 2019 - September 2019)

ArtSpan-Art in Neighborhoods; Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco, Ca.(December 2018 - March 2019)

Feast of Color; O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, Ca.(November 2018)
Juried by Leslie Allen

Vibrant Vision; SFWA Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.(October 2018)
Juried by Matt Mckinley
Awarded Juror's Choice Award

Tell me a Story; O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, Ca.(July 2018)
Juried by Chester Arnold

StoryTelling; 1337 Gallery, San Rafael, Ca.(June - July 2018)
Juried by Kay Bradner

Renee's Must See Picks- 25 Featured Artists Bon Air Plaza, Greenbrae, Ca. (April- June 2018)
Juried by Renee Baldocchi

Bay Area Women Artists; O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, Ca.(August 2017)
Juried by Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray of Seager Grey Gallery

Fables, Fairytales, Folktales, Legends and Myths; Fe Gallery, Sacramento, Ca.(October-December 2016)

SFWA Artist Choice; SFWA Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.(October- November 2016)

In Your Dreams; Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, Ca.(Sept-October, 2016)
Juried by Michael Azgour

Bold; O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, Ca.(June 30, 2016-July 21, 2016)
Juried by Robert Green

Contemporary Women 10; Chico Art Center, Chico, Ca.(April 8, 2016-May 6, 2016)

Arts on our Avenues; Brighton Music Hall, Allston, Ma. (March 2015)
Curated by Arch Gallery. Sponsored by Allston Village Main Streets.

MCCA Arts; Boston Convention and Exposition Center (May - August 2014)

Boston Biennial; The Gallery at Spencer Lofts, Chelsea, Ma. (December 2012)

selected group shows

Near Future Ago Group Art Show; Smith Anderson Gallery North, San Anselmo, Ca. and other North Bay locations (Ongoing 2016-)

International Printmaking Exchange- Boston and Montenegro; Harbor Gallery, UMass Boston and in Montenegro, Europe. (January 2013)

Allston Rock City Art Tour; Harvard St. Allston, Ma. (October 2011)

Artist Choice Show; Somerville Museum, Somerville, Ma. (2009 - 2015 April and May)

Allston/Brighton Art Exposition; Honan-Allston BPL, Allston, Ma. (2008 - 2010)

publications and talks

Lecture- How Dreams and Visions Relate to my Artistic Process; O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, Ca. (2016)

Featured Artist- Alebrijes; Online Journal of Creative Arts (Summer 2016)

Featured Artist- Amethyst Arsenic; Online Literary and Art Journal (Winter 2013)


10 Emerging Contemporary Artists From San Francisco to Know; Justine McGrath at The Culture Trip.com (June 8, 2017)

Chico Art Center Show Celebrates Strength of Women; Chico Enterprise Record (Chico, Ca.) (April 9, 2016)

awards and chosen works

Juror's Choice Award for- The Doorway Opened Upon the New World Vibrant Vision Show, SFWA Gallery, Juried by Matt Mckinley (September 2018)

Renee's Must See Picks- 25 Featured Artists Chosen by Renee Baldocchi, founder of the San Francisco Fine Arts Museum’s Public Programs Department (April 2018)

Dig Radio's Citywide Blackout; Album art for Best of 2013 compilation album chosen by Boston Weekly Dig Newspaper (December 2013)


Gallery 111, gallery committee ; Sausalito, Ca.
show proposals, curation and hanging of shows, gallery upkeep.

ICB Open Studios; Sausalito, Ca. (2015-present)

Joy Street Open Studios; Somerville, Ma. (2009-2015)

Curator MOS, Gallery 111, The Near Future Ago group shows

Member: ICB Artist Association; Sausalito, ArtWorks Downtown: San Rafael, ArtSpan; San Francisco, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts; Mill Valley


2009 – 2013 UMass Boston
BA in Latin American and Iberian Studies
Minor in Environmental Science.
Recipient of Maria Luisa Osorio Prize
Graduated Summa Cum Laude

2005-2016 Massachusetts College of Art, The Museum School of Fine Arts Boston
Classes in Lithography, Intaglio and Relief Printmaking, Metal Work, Animation, and Figure Drawing.
Studied Lithography under Carolyn Muskat, Master printmaker