Neal Korn was born in Nyack, NY. He is a very interesting artist and I find his work clean and different. His work feels deeply personal and open to interpretation at the same time. He seems to be asking his audience “I understand what this means to me…now what does this mean to you?” His interest in art started at an early age. At six years old he discovered art through the reading and drawing of comic books. Because of his ability to draw well, he received early praise from his fellow elementary students and teachers who would ask him to draw things for them.
Neal went on to college and would major in Psychology. He took a drawing class and realized that this was his true path in life. After college, Neal would work in any job that had art as a connection. Working for Barnes & Noble in their display department, working as an art framer in NYC, or teaching art in New Jersey. Neal first received some recognition after winning the Shaw Award for Painting at Brooklyn College and followed that up by showing his art in galleries and museums. He also won awards and grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship, Geraldine R. Dodge mini-grants, FAWC, and HEART grants. He has been published in the Best of Painting book (Rockport), The Newark Star-Ledger, The New York Times, Go Out, The Courier News, Who’s Who in the East and on He was also recognized for Outstanding Achievement by the Union County Board of Freeholders (his work is in a time capsule) and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Kean University.


I love chance and absurdity to play a part in my art. I begin by dying my canvas and randomly spilling ink on it. This start turns my canvas into an abstract, meaningless image. I stare at this image until my brain imposes meaning by selecting random shapes that visually look like the subject matter. Once I see the shapes I transform them into the subject matter. No matter how I feel (about the subject matter) I must comply to create these ridiculous things that reveal themselves to me. I draw or paint them (as is). This creates a combination of accidental imagery I could not possibly come up with in a million years. I end up creating a composition of this subject matter in a surreal juxtaposition of hidden meaning. It is my way of discovering something that is deeply rooted within my psyche. Later on, when the painting is complete, I assess my finished work, and then, I realize the true meaning of my work. It can be social, political, or mundane. Typically, this is influenced by what I have been experiencing (hearing, seeing, or feeling) at that particular time, giving my painting an outside issue that has been internalized and given birth on my canvas.