Sam Clayberger was born on March 26 1926 in Kulpmont Pennsylvania. At age 13, he decided he wanted to become an artist and enrolled in art enrichment programs. At 18, he began to do portrait painting to support his first love, painting the female figure. In 1947, Clayberger moved to California to study art at the world-renowned Chouinard school. There he “learned art is a lot of things, saw other points of view, and put them together to make sense to me.” What he learned at Chouinard had a profound influence on the artist he is today.
In the 1960’s, he focused on Abstract work, exploring color during the “abstract times” of the hippie era. Figurative work was not popular at that time – he learned a lot about color painting abstracts: his fine sense of color is apparent in his artwork today. He later returned to figurative painting in the new medium of acrylic. He mastered many different techniques painting acrylics: like using glazes to layer color for richness and depth on his paintings.
After retiring in the early 1990’s, he continues to work in his studio 6 days a week. In 2000, the Erotic Drawings of Sam Clayberger were published by Clinker Press. A limited edition portfolio, the prints showcase Claybergers’ artistic vision of the female nude.
Now in his 80’s, Clayberger continues to explore his own boundaries, focusing primarily on figurative artwork in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel.