Phil Padwe


Philip Eliot Padwe was born in Dallas TX in 1972 to an off-the-boat Irish nun, swiftly adopted at birth, and raised in New York by a Jewish family. This sense of innate duality... Catholic and Jewish, Texan and New Yorker, Irish and American; extends naturally to his art. His work seek a balance between high finish and an unfinished feel; between black and white and brilliant color; between the abstract and the actual, all while exploring emotion and identity.

Current work uses sewing patterns, exclusively, for layering and collage as unique grounds on which to draw; torn for re-assembly in unexpected ways as a metaphor for the artist's adoption and a lifetime spent seeking balance. Between nature and nurture; impulse and control, and the recognition that oftentimes things don’t work out as planned. Patterns are broken. Original intentions marred. Nevertheless, beauty and meaning emerge from mayhem; you don't (always) have to follow the prescribed steps if you know where you're going. Expectations are adjusted as layers of weathering become visible. 


Padwe completed a year long independent study of Old Master drawings at The British Museum in London and is a member in good standing of The Art Students League in Manhattan where his instructors have included Frederick Brosen and Costa Vavagiakis. He is currently enrolled as an MFA candidate at New York Academy of Art, class of 2021.



MFA Candidate (class of 2021) at NYAA (currently enrolled)


Art Students League of New York
Studied under:

Frederick Brosen (The Art Students League)

Costa Vavagiakis (The Art Students League)

Workshops With:

Marc Dennis (The Art Students League)

Wendy Artin (The ASL)

Timothy Clark (The ASL)

Linda Cyr (The ASL)




2010, Group exhibition, “Swipe!” 25 CPW Gallery, New York, NY

2013, Group exhibition, “Swipe Magazine Artists” National Arts Club, New York, NY

2017, Group exhibition, "The Spring Art Exhibition" Wix Lounge (Chelsea) New York, NY

2017, Group exhibition, "Single Fare 4" Highline Stages (Chelsea) New York, NY

2018, Group exhibition, "Anatomical Drawing" Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

2018, Group exhibition, "Watercolors" Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

2019, Group exhibition, "Fluidity" Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY




• WYNC radio, “Guards and Artists” The Leonard Lopate Show March 25, 2010.

• NPR Morning Edition, Margot Adler, ”Museum Guards Swipe The Spotlight” March 22, 2010

• New York Times, "Hoping to Graduate From Guards to Gauguins" March 5, 2010 

As Author/Illustrator:


  • SPIN 1038 Radio, Dublin, Ireland.

  • Capitol Radio, London UK.

  • KMOX Radio, St. Louis, MO.

  • KBPI Radio; The Locker Room. Denver, CO.

  • WBAL Radio; Morning Radio. Baltimore, MD.

  • NPR: The Bryant Park Project. Alison Stewart. September 13, 2007.

  • WDVE Radio; Pittsburgh, PA.

  • 92Q Radio, Syracuse, NY.



• "Illustrating Ink"; Skin & Ink Magazine; August, 2012

• “Mammy (sic) Has A Tattoo”; Tattoo Society; January, 2009

• “What’s That, Mommy?”; Parenting Magazine; October 2008

• “Tattoo Coloring Book & Mommy Has A Tattoo”; Skin & Ink; January 2008

• “Mommy Has A Tattoo”; Skin Deep Magazine; May, 2007

•  Feature; “Making Their Mark”; Trucker News; May, 2007

•  “Mommy Has A Tattoo”; Tattoos For Women; January, 2007

•  Perry; “Mommy Has A Tattoo”; Total Tattoo Magazine; November, 2006

•  Sharer, Lisa; “Mommy Has A Tattoo”; Prick Magazine; September, 2006

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