MARTIN SAARBack
As a kid I was always fascinated by art and at the time thought of it as something very far and unreachable. I was puzzled by how artists captured people, nature, objects and turned them into masterpieces. I wished I could do the same but had no idea how to get there. At the age of 16 my dad gave me a set of oil paints and there was no going back. I started to explore and study the fascinating world of art.

In 2002 after moving to New York I started doing commission mosaic portraits but in my heart I wanted to envolve as a painter.

Step by step, by learning and practicing, I got my first solo show at the Gallery in Hamptons.

I started exploring new mediums and testing different techniques such as graphic design, painting, photography and airbrush. I have found myself being especially fascinated and inspired by the beauty and variety of female bodies. After more than 30 shows in the past 10 years, I still feel that every new painting is better than the last. I am eager to keep learning, experimenting and pushing the limits to see how far I can take my passion. 

Born Tallinn, Estonia 1980

Education 
            2014 - New York Academy of Art, MA drawing
            2002 - University of Arts, Tallinn, B.A., graphic design
            1997 - Kevade tanava Kunstikool, classical drawing

Solo Exhibitions
2015 - Dept. of Signs and Symbols
2012 - Tatari 64, Tallinn
2012 - Metropol Gallery, Tallinn
2011 - Vaal Galerii, Tallinn
2010 - Solaris, Tallinn
2009 - Vertigo, Tallinn
2007 - Bridge Art Fair, Miami
2007 - Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York
2007 - ArtDepoo. Tallinn, Estonia
2007 - Soho House, New York
2006 - Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York
2006 - Viviann Napp Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2004 - Surf Ambiance Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York

Group Exhibitions

2014 - Panepinto Galley, Lucid visions - Group Show
2009 - Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery - Group Show
2008 - Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery - East meets West
2008 - Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery - New Show
2007 - Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery - Flowers, New York
2007 - Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery - At the Beach, New York
2007 - Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery - Pop Culture, New York
2007 - Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery - Poetic Visions, New York
2007 - Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery - The Nude Exposed, New York
2006 - Jeannie Freilich Gallery, New York
2006 - Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York
2006 - Estonia House, New York
2005 - Charles Cowles Gallery, New York 
2002 - University of Arts, Tallinn, graduation show

Benefit Exhibitions

2008 -  Ford Benefit
2007 -  ACRIA holiday benefit at Stephen Weiss Studio          
2007 -  Southhampton Fresh Air Home
2007 -  Free Arts NYC
2007 -  ARTrageous  
2006 -  Art Alliance for the Arts benefit
2006 -  New Museum benefit at Bergdorf Goodman 
2005 -  ACRIA holiday benefit at Stephen Weiss Studio
2005 -  Art Alliance for the Arts benefit 
2004 -  ACRIA holiday benefit at Stephen Weiss Studio


Collections

            Doris Ammann
            Muriel and Nuno Brandolini
            Tory Burch
            Graydon and Anna Carter
            Claudia Cohen
            Bob Colacello
            Jan Cowles
            Beth de Woody
            Diane von Furstenberg    
            Pamela Gross
            Cornelia Guest
            John and Susan Hess
            Morton and Linda Janklow
            Alex and Nathaniel Kramer
            Matt and Anette Lauer
            Adam Lippes    
            Nancy Reagan
            Aby and Samantha Rosen
            Alfred and Judy Taubman
            Trevor Traina
            Bettina Zilkha