Profile of Gerald Bernstein

Gerald Bernstein (1917-1999)

Gerald Bernstein, whose work is rooted in social realism, spent most of his artistic life in Staten Island working in oils and watercolors.  He studied under George Bridgman and Yasua Kuniyoshi in New York’s Art Students’ League.  He was the curator of Art with the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences from 1950-56, where he restored paintings, arranged numerous exhibitions, and lectured and taught extensively in painting and drawing.

He has won numerous awards, including first prize at the renowned Weissglass Annual Show.  He has showed at the Metropolitan Museum, Wagner College, SI Community College, Manhattan’s Downtown Gallery, Staten Island Art Center and John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis.

Gerald was born in Indianapolis.  He attended Indiana University and received his Masters of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He has been in “Who’s Who in American Art.”