MEET

Alex Kamaroff

Alex Kamaroff’s earliest memories include frequent trips to the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in New York with his grandmother.

Those early years were his first education. After graduating from Columbia with a degree in Art History, he became a writer of genre novels, which he sold successfully with the help of his wife, Irene Goodman, a then-budding literary agent. The company grew as Alex discovered some bestselling authors and they built a strong client list. He continued to function as the CFO (and still does). The New York couple fell in love with the Berkshires and built their own house there. Alex added a traditional 1000-foot New England stone wall around the property, which took six years to build with his own hands. Once their kids were grown, two things happened.

The first was that Alex spilled a can of paint and became fascinated with the way the paint moved and created patterns. He picked up a paintbrush and lightning struck. Suddenly he was a painter, but he still had much to learn. He got an intense course in hard edge painting from his mentor and friend, James Hendricks, a Smithsonian artist who lived in Northampton. They met by chance because they shared the same exterminator and became fast friends. James had worked closely with Chuck Close and Willem de Kooning, and passed on his knowledge of the 20th century masters. Alex’s work is inspired and influenced by these artists, adding his own distinct signature twists to each piece.

The second thing that happened is that after their kids were grown, the couple decided to live full-time in the Berkshires with commutes to the agency in New York, leaving Alex plenty of time to paint all day, every day. That was five years ago. During that time, he has sold forty-two paintings to local businesses and residents.

Part of the net proceeds from every one of his paintings will be donated to the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

MEET

Alex Kamaroff

Alex Kamaroff’s earliest memories include frequent trips to the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in New York with his grandmother.

Those early years were his first education. After graduating from Columbia with a degree in Art History, he became a writer of genre novels, which he sold successfully with the help of his wife, Irene Goodman, a then-budding literary agent. The company grew as Alex discovered some bestselling authors and they built a strong client list. He continued to functioned as the CFO (and still does). The New York couple fell in love with the Berkshires and built their own house there. Alex added a traditional 1000-foot New England stone wall around the property, which took six years to build with his own hands. Once their kids were grown, two things happened.

The first was that Alex spilled a can of paint and became fascinated with the way the paint moved and created patterns. He picked up a paintbrush and lightning struck. Suddenly he was a painter, but he still had much to learn. He got an intense course in hard edge painting from his mentor and friend, James Hendricks, a Smithsonian artist who lived in Northampton. They met by chance because they shared the same exterminator and became fast friends. James had worked closely with Chuck Close and Willem de Kooning, and passed on his knowledge of the 20th century masters. Alex’s work is inspired and influenced by these artists, adding his own distinct signature twists to each piece.

The second thing that happened is that after their kids were grown, the couple decided to live full-time in the Berkshires with commutes to the agency in New York, leaving Alex plenty of time to paint all day, every day. That was five years ago. During that time, he has sold forty-two paintings to local businesses and residents.

Part of the net proceeds from every one of his paintings will be donated to the Foundation Fighting Blindness.