3D Nostalgic Art
Al Schreiber & Jill Hand
Born Albert Schreiber in the lower east side of New York City in January 1929, Al began life in the most unique of
circumstances, both Al's parents were deaf mutes.
By extraordinary good fortune both Albert and his older brother Jerry were the only members
of the entire Schreiber family not to be inflicted by the illness, it did however offer Al the
opportunity to become extremely well versed in the art of sign language which would provide
personal and professional opportunities throughout his life.
Because of his parents lack of speech they had to attract young Al by banging on a table and
up until he was nearly five years old Al though of this action as his name, this simple action
that even today brings back memories of childhood to Al.
Al left home at 16 and had to have an aunt sign the parental papers to allow him to become
part of the merchant marines. After a short period Al decided that his future lay with the United
States Navy and was found to have the skills to become part of the medical corps. He spent
his tour of duty as base medical supervisor, taking care of all medial issues including supplies
and even dentistry on all the smaller west coast facilities. As ironic as it may be, Al never went
to sea; he actually spent most of his time in the US Navy stationed in the Mojave Desert!
After a tour of duty in the United States Navy, Al worked for the Hearst Publishing Corporation
as National Sales Manager, and is credited with the success of finding and developing many of today's best known and
respected writers. One of the most famous of whom had written his first novel "Carrie" and after a dismal first edition was
given to Al to promote through his sales force, after much effort and a second release "Carrie" became a success and the
career of Steven King was born.
Al then relocated to Florida where a multitude of outdoor activities keeps him busy year round. It was here that Al was
introduced to the work of "Fazzino", and although impressed by Fazzino Al thought that much of the historical reference of
the pieces was either missing or inaccurate, making comment to his wife that he would love to help the artist with historical
research to make the work more authentic.
When an illness rendered Al bedridden for several weeks, his wife remembered his comments about the Fazzino work and
purchased the necessary tools to allow Al to pass the time by drawing images recalled from his childhood. Realizing that he
could transfer his memories onto canvas he began to paint in earnest.
Growing up on the east side of Manhattan, Al had absorbed the sights sounds and flavor of the "old neighborhood", which
he has incorporated into a series of paintings, entitled "Nostalgia". Combining a lifelong hobby of compiling trivia (based on
the neighborhoods of New York circa 1940-1950) with his new found artistic ability, Al focused on depicting what life was like
in the five boroughs as well as colorfully spirited images in his adopted Florida home in South Beach.
His first professional showing at the Delray art affair in 1998 completely sold out and such was the demand for his work that
Al turned to publishing his work to feed the demand for the now extremely popular three dimensional, historically accurate
renditions of city life in the 20th century.
Al now spends his life traveling extensively throughout the country, adding vibrant and stimulating renditions of major cities
to his portfolio. When not traveling, Al Schreiber has successfully exhibited and marketed his work in both original and three
dimensional forms throughout the United States.
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