"Noah Erenberg is actively building a vocabulary to express the world around him in his own terms. Built up with curious, startling and subtle color combinations and a range of gestural marks, Erenberg re-creates the sights and sounds of Isla Vista, California with an affecting freedom from convention."  
Michael Darling, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

I have been an artist since 1990. I paint and draw because it makes me feel wonderful. I like to work outside and look around my neighborhood at the trees, the ocean and the surfers, I have a studio in my house and my artist friends come over and inspire me to make art, They make me happy that I am an artist. With every good painting and drawing I make, I become a better artist. 

My favorite colors are red, blue and pink. I like to paint abstract paintings because I like bright colors and crazy shapes. Abstract painting reminds me of hip hop music. The abstract shapes come out of my head. Abstract means "from my head". I like to make text drawings. I copy words from magazines, CDs, posters and newspapers. I use ball point pens, felt tip pens and colored pencils to make my drawings. 

I was invited to join an international exhibition of visionary art called INTERNAL GUIDANCE SYSTEMS. This show traveled to many galleries around the world from 2006 to 2008. The curators were Colin Rhodes from Great Britain and Anne Grgich from Portland, Oregon.

– Noah Erenberg


Born: 1970, Topanga, CA
Education: Self-taught and part-time Extension classes, 
Art Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
Lives and works: San Luis Obispo, CA

Solo Exhibitions:

2016 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Nashville, TN
2014 Recent Paintings, The Good Luck Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Calendar Pages, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1998 Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1994 Lifescape/Landscape, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Outsider Art Fair, New York, NY
The Good Luck Gallery at Art Market San Francisco, CA
Group Hug, The Good Luck Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Good Luck Gallery at Aqua Art, Miami, FL
Los Angeles International Airport, Terminal 2, paintings on view until November
Evolution, Andre Monlleo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Folk Magic, Barristers Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
Internal Guidance Systems, curated by Colin Rhodes, UK and Anne Marie Grgich, USA. (Multiple venues thru 2008.)
The Mirror of the Imagination, The Arts Club, London, England
Divine Messages, Harmony Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Take Me to the River, Inside Out Gallery, Interact Center, Minneapolis, MN
Radiant Spaces: Private Domain, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA,
Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Me, Myself and I, Pierce College Art Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA
25th Anniversary Benefit Selections Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Reactions, Exit Art, New York, NY
Formulations, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Art Wthout Limits, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA
The XYZ of Outsider Art, Andrew Edlin Fine Art, New York, NY
Abstraction, Monlleo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
infra-slim spaces: the physical and spiritual in the art of today, Approaching the Millennium, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama (organized by ‘nvisible museum, London)
When Voices Become Pictures, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Radiant Spaces: Private Domain, Artworks Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
Selections Summer ‘98, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Boomer’s Special #3, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Drawing Show, Artworks Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
L.A. Slide, The Living Room, Santa Monica, CA; traveled to Gallery 25,
Fresno, CA
Small Images #11, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, CA


First Place, Walter Knott Service Award Art Competition, Santa Ana, CA

Selected Bibliography:

Johnson, Ken, Lifelike, Abstract or Funky, What Exactly is a Drawing?,
The New York Times, Sept. 27
Carter, Holland, Amid the Ashes: Creativity, The New York Times, Feb. 1
Harvey, Doug, Noah Erenberg at Richard Heller, Artissues, November-December
O’Brien, John, Noah Erenberg at Richard Heller Gallery, Artscene, October
Cochran, Rebecca Dimling, infra-slim spaces, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, Flash Art International, Summer
D’Amato, Jenny, Portable Transcedence in Alabama, Art & Auction, Feb. 15-28
Raabe, Nancy, Double Take, The Birmingham News, Birmingham, AL, Jan. 3
Schwendener, Martha, Selections Summer ‘98 at The Drawing Center, 
Time Out New York, no. 148, July 23-30.
Frank, Peter, Artscene: art in Southern California, January
Darling, Michael, Noah Erenberg at CAF, Santa Barbara Independent, December 3

Gallery representation

The Good Luck Gallery


"Walter Knott Service Award" - Feb. 1999
"Noah at Richard Heller" - Art Issues - Nov/Dec 1999
"Artscene" - Oct. 1999


DRAWING AUTISM, Mark Batty Press, New York, N.Y.
Radiant Spaces, Private Domain, Smart Art Press, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)
Artism: an Autism Spectrum Creation, published by the McMurray A.R.T.S. Center and Autism Arts, Canada
Art of the Mind, the Art Collection of the U.C. Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, published by the Regents of the University of California and U.C. Davis M.I.N.D.Institute


‘nvisible museum, London, England
Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach, FL
UCLA Medical Center Art Collection, Los Angeles, CA
The M.I.N.D. Institute Medical Center, University of California, Davis
Exit Art Reactions Collection, The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.