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artist bio

Johanna Schwarzbeck grew up in the pristine countryside of Austria. At the age of 11, she began studying drawing and painting with renowned academic painter Irma Gade. She completed a three-year apprenticeship program in fine art restoration and gilding in Salzburg and graduated from Innsbruck Tyrol, with a Masters Degree as a journeywoman. Having extensive experience in art conservation, she has worked in Vienna under Dr. Manfred Koller at the prestigious Conservation Institute of Vienna (Bundesdenkmalamt). She also worked as a fine art painter for Peter Staffler’s studio in Vienna.

Since moving to New York City in 1984 she has worked for auction houses (Christie’s and Sotheby’s) various restoration companies and private clients as an independent restorer and gilder. Johanna also studied at the “Art Students League” in Manhattan under Bruce Dorfman.


Ms. Schwarzbeck presently works as a painter under her trademark “Lotus Arts LLC.” in her studio-barn in New Paltz. She is also the founder of “The Lotus Healing Center” where she provides massage therapy and Hatha Yoga classes for the community. She is currently engaged in teaching massage therapy at the Manhattan Open Center.


She has exhibited “The Money Pyramid Sculpture” at the LIVING THEATER (1990) in New York City, “The One Year Snake” (2007) and “The Art /IVF Show” (2008), at THE LOFT SALONS 319 in the Lower East Side, “The Five Elements” (2007) and “The Family Lotus Series” (2008) in the Hoboken Artist Studio Tour at, ZEN TOUCH GALLERY. “The Family Lotus Series” was also exhibited at KARMA ROAD – a Vegan Restaurant in New Paltz in 2009. “The Emotion Painting Series” was exhibited at the MUDDY CUP CAFE in 2010 in New Paltz. “The Lotus Blooms Now” was exhibited at GOMEN-KUDASAI and at SURUCHI- Restaurant (a fine taste of India) in New Paltz in 2011. Johanna also participated in the fourth annual Mini Works group show at UNISION-GALLERY at the Water Street Market, and at the annual “COTA” (Celebration of the Arts) in New Paltz.