Spencer Chalk-Levy was born and raised in New York City and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan then continued studies from 2014-2020 at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna. He currently works in Vienna.
In his work he delves into historical narratives, whether based on classical literature, lore, art history and connecting them with more personal themes. The inspiration for his playful and bizarre figures, often presented in dramatic narratives, are mainly drawn from real life observations, following the inspirational sources of artists he admires most. With an acute sensitivity, he taps into to traditional techniques and the pictorial language of historical art genres, while injecting contemporary elements through blending it with the colorful and detailed aesthetic.
The emotional resonance of Spencer Chalk-Levys staged scenes and characters trigger the viewer to dive into the current state of the narrative, instinctively approaching the viewer’s active powers of the imagination to continue on the sequel of the scenery. Colliding traditional genres, illustration and subject matter, Chalk-Levy has developed a unique style with a distinctive design.
In his recent experiments in the realm of digitally woven tapestries and Styrofoam sculptures, he explores how his contemporary re-interpretations and the use of advanced production processes, impact their meaning and tradition.