The art and mastery of Selma Male Goldman are a vital aspect of the twentieth century. Her vast portfolio that manifests the essence of greatness expressed in hundreds of paintings, drawings, and sculpture has recently been released. As a culture, we are privileged to view and appreciate her body of work that spans almost fifty years.
Selma could not remember a time when she did not draw or paint. As a young woman, she went to Traphagen Art School in New York City. Shortly after, she became an illustrator and then a haute couture fashion designer on Seventh Avenue. At the same time, in 1944, she began her pursuit of fine art. For many years she studied at the Art Students’ League on 57th Street, and later at the New School in Greenwich Village. She was fortunate to work with Anthony Tony, Camillo Egas, Julian Levy, Harry Sternberg, Dora De Vries, Louis Bouche, Chiam Gross, Ed Dickinson, and Joe Wolins.
In 1972 Selma moved to Los Angeles and quickly became involved in the California art scene. She attended many workshops and studied with artists like Barry Reed, Max Turner, Sergei Bongart, Joe Magnani, Ed Butwinick and Hans Burkhardt. In Los Angeles she began to sculpt; working in stone and clay involved her mind, hands, and whole body.
In the late eighties she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to experience the “Land of Enchantment.” At that time, she also connected with the Shidoni Foundry to work in bronze and showcase her sculpture.
Selma flourished as an artist throughout her life. She passed away in 1996, leaving us a legacy of art that celebrated the human spirit. Her work is collected and displayed in many homes on both the east and west coasts by people who recognize great art when they see it.