“In abstract painting the artist works with the painting as a material “object.” The tactics are metaphorical, physical or both. I am interested in the “physical,” and I take a progressively minimal approach: I eliminate the paint, the stretcher beams, the woven canvas and the wall. I work with raw canvas thread, outdoors, formed by the wind.”
Edward Shalala was born into a military family in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up on U.S. Army bases (Corps of Engineers) all over the world. He attended Kent State University, Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison (MFA, Painting, 1976). A reductive painter, Shalala has lived and worked in New York City since 1977. He has received grants from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Wynn Newhouse Foundation, The National Academy Museum and The Cleveland Foundation. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Library of Congress, The Phillips Collection, Art in Embassies and Yale University.