Painter Ben Hamburger was born in Silver Spring, MD and graduated with a BA in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2008, he studied art history and oil painting at The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. In 2011, Hamburger moved to Asia where he continued painting and teaching in diverse settings in Bangkok, Thailand and later Gujarat, India. Hamburger’s experiences abroad influence his artwork and teaching methodology. After returning to the states in 2012, Ben resettled in New Orleans, where he was immediately inspired by the vibrancy of the city, which is reflected in much of his work. Hamburger has been embraced by the arts community in New Orleans as an artist and instructor. He is represented in several local galleries, participates in group and solo exhibitions around town, teaches workshops at local schools and notable institutions, and has had artwork purchased by the New Orleans Arts Council for the city’s permanent collection. Hamburger is currently pursuing his MFA in Community Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.