Rebecca Berins Schwarz is a New York-based artist who was born and raised in New Orleans. After studying Fine Arts at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, she received a BFA in Advertising Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked for several years as an art director and graphic designer. Deciding on a career change, she attended Teachers College, Columbia University, where she earned an MA in Art and Art Education. She has been teaching Art and Graphic Design since 2002 in Westchester County, New York, where she also resides with her husband and two children. She is currently a member of the New Rochelle Art Association and Pelham Art Center Artist Club.
Recalling the experience of being a religious minority in New Orleans sparked her interest in Judaic themes and perspectives, which often appear in her work. In addition, she creates portraits, illustrations and other forms of art, working in a variety of media, such as oil, acrylic and watercolor.
Her most recent work includes large, colorful, acrylic-painted scenes of objects associated with vanity and decadence. This new collection of art is inspired by this age of quarantine-induced loneliness, wrought with disappointment and fear for the future. These pieces embolden the viewer to embrace wants, not needs, as a form of therapeutic self-preservation in these trying times.