abigail lee goldberger


My paintings are inspired by fairy tales, myths, dreams, memories, experience, longing, religion, and nature. They are intensely colored, multi-layered, multi textured, and multi-themed, which creates a complexity that emerges the longer they are viewed. They are meant to evoke a story that touches upon the memories and dreams of each observer so that the story unfolds differently for each person and grows and changes with time. I feel like they are best described as an attempt to mimic what is glimpsed briefly but fully when you dream. I am currently exploring the themes of knowledge, time, ancestral influence, migration, and history as the basis for a series of pictorial maps that illustrate the underlying connections that propel us forward as individuals and as a people.

My primary medium is oil paint but at times I also add metallic leaf powders and monoprint elements to enhance the luminosity and further capture the mood of the scene. I often begin by laying color down on the canvas with no plan as to what will eventually emerge. After the initial layer, I start to identify the world that exists within the painting and roughly define it. As I continue through multiple layers, a dialogue develops between me, and the characters that are emerging from the canvas. I get glimpses of their history and emotions and understand how they interact with each other and the world which they inhabit. This dialogue is what makes each painting feel as if the curtain has been lifted for a second, giving the audience a brief but encompassing view of an entire other world.



City Art Cooperative Gallery 828 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

solo shows

stories and dreams; 1325 Donor's Gallery, Artworks Downtown San Rafael, Ca. (October 9 - November 6, 2015) 1325 Fourth st. San Rafael, Ca. Sponsored by Artworks Downtown

Fairy Tales and Enchantment; Athan's Cafe Gallery (July 3 - August 31 2014) 1621 Beacon St. Brookline, Ma. Curated by Lee Collilouri. Sponsored by Unbound Visual Arts

selected group shows

Gateway to the Imagination; Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM.(October-December 2017) Juried by Julie Sasse curator at the Tuscon Museum of Art

Bay Area Women Artists; O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, Ca.(August 2017) Juried by Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray of Seager Grey Gallery

Monthly Shows City Art Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.(Ongoing 2017-)

Fables, Fairytales, Folktales, Legends and Myths; Fe Gallery, Sacramento, Ca.(October-December 2016)

SFWA Artist Choice; SFWA Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.(October- November 2016)

In Your Dreams; Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, Ca.(Sept-October, 2016) Juried by Michael Azgour

Near Future Ago Group Art Show; Smith Anderson Gallery North, San Anselmo, Ca. and other North Bay locations (Ongoing 2016-)

Bold; O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, Ca.(June 30, 2016-July 21, 2016) Juried by Robert Green

Contemporary Women 10; Chico Art Center, Chico, Ca.(April 8, 2016-May 6, 2016)

Arts on our Avenues; Brighton Music Hall, Allston, Ma. (March 2015) Curated by Arch Gallery. Sponsored by Allston Village Main Streets.

MCCA Arts; Boston Convention and Exposition Center (May - August 2014)

International Printmaking Exchange- Boston and Montenegro; Harbor Gallery, UMass Boston and in Montenegro, Europe. (January 2013)

Boston Biennial; The Gallery at Spencer Lofts, Chelsea, Ma. (December 2012)

Allston Rock City Art Tour; Harvard St. Allston, Ma. (October 2011)

Artist Choice Show; Somerville Museum, Somerville, Ma. (2009 - 2015 April and May)

Allston/Brighton Art Exposition; Honan-Allston BPL, Allston, Ma. (2008 - 2010)


Featured Artist- Alebrijes; Online Journal of Creative Arts (Summer 2016)

Featured Artist- Amethyst Arsenic; Online Literary and Art Journal (Winter 2013)


10 Emerging Contemporary Artists From San Francisco to Know; Justine McGrath at The Culture Trip.com (June 8, 2017)

Chico Art Center Show Celebrates Strength of Women; Chico Enterprise Record (Chico, Ca.) (April 9, 2016)

works chosen

Dig Radio's Citywide Blackout; Album art for Best of 2013 compilation album (December 2013)


Gallery 111, Member of the gallery committee ; Sausalito, Ca.

ICB Open Studios; Sausalito, Ca. (2015-present)

Joy Street Open Studios; Somerville, Ma. (2009-2015)