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Sharon Madanes

Born 1985
Chicago, IL

Sharon Madanes is a painter and doctor who transforms banalities of hospital life into bold, highly saturated scenes.

Her paintings juxtapose the institutional setting of her work with the matters of life and death.

Sharon Madanes
Waiting II, 2019
Oil on linen
30 x 30 inches

Sharon Madanes
Waiting Room, 2019
Oil on linen,
30 x 30in

Sharon Madanes
Workroom at Dusk, 2021
Oil on canvas
72 x 56 inches

"The medical field is a field where people become fragmented, where they become parts of the body, and it’s challenging to see the whole picture. That it can be a very myopic way of seeing, but at the same time, for a painter, that is the mystery—you pay attention to what’s left out. That’s the part that becomes the most dramatic."

Sharon Madanes
Enjoy Your Stay, 2021
Oil on canvas
24 x 20in

Sharon Madanes
Tissues for Days, 2021
Oil and acrylic on canvas
30 x 30in

"I’m interested in the everyday, but also what the implications of the everyday have to larger societal and philosophical questions."

Sharon Madanes
Tears Well and I Breathe Quickly, 2021
Oil and acrylic on canvas
12 x 9in

"The juxtaposition between life and death and linoleum floor tiles—that fascinates me,"

Sharon Madanes in the studio, 2020.

Sharon Madanes

Sharon Madanes lives and works in New York. She completed her MFA in painting at Hunter College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Drawing Center and a fellow at Shandaken’s Paint School. Her work has most recently been exhibited through the Public Art Fund, The Drawing Center, Next to Nothing Gallery, DC Moore, Slag Gallery, and Underdonk in New York. She is a 2019 recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation emerging artist grant and is currently a psychiatry resident at NYU.
Sharon Madanes CV

Press

2020

Katie White, "How New York University Doctor Sharon Madanes Is Using Her Painting Studio to Create Urgent Reminders to Wash Your Hands", Artnet, March 27, 2020

2019

Julia Hickey, Alumni Profile: "Sharon Madanes’19: A Physician Painter", Columbia Medicine Magazine, Spring/Summer 2019