Philip Eliot Padwe received his BA in Writing from SUNY Purchase, and his MFA in Drawing from the New York Academy of Art. In between Phil completed a two year independent study of Old Master drawings at the British Museum; where he fell in love with the Old Master medium of silverpoint.
Phil has exhibited silverpoint drawings nationally and had his portraiture appear in The New York Times; NPR; and on NY1 News. He has commissioned portraits in the collections of Columbia University and NYU's School of International Students and Scholars; and is in the permanent collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University.
He teaches Drawing at the Art Students League of New York and has taught at the the New York Academy of Art and The Salmagundi Club.
His most recent work is a series of still-life studies and silverpoint drawings of trash cans, garbage, and litter. Mainly in NYC but also abroad. "It's Art as Alchemy," says Padwe; "I'm turning trash into precious metals with old-fashioned focus and intent."