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Ron Scharfe

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"I am inspired by exploring. When you explore, the unexpected happens: color upon color; form upon form…movement creating shapes, which are suddenly rearranged into some other order. Mimicking impermanence, revealing and yet disguising what lies beneath.


I want my work to create conversation for the viewer. Each time they look at my abstract modern art paintings, they see and feel something different. I want my colors to cast shadows, determining the space on the canvas for themselves and finding their own destiny. Most of the time, I start and stop the movement that happens on the canvas…imagining what can happen. Other times, I just let happen what happens."

Ron Scharfe’s abstract modern art inspirations are in the interplay of color and form, and the beauty and movement emerging from their interplay.


Based in Palm Springs, California, Ron is inspired by Paul Jenkins, Mark Rothko and Marshall Noice. These artists have an incredible sense of color, placement and imagination.


Ron Scharfe began painting in his 20s. He holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Chicago Art Institute, has an associate degree in Interior Design, and has trained in color/design with Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Insititute and director of the Eiseman Color Institute. His background in modern art and his years of work as a design professional have given him a unique aesthetic sensibility that he is driven to express in his fine art works.


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