Amy Trachtenberg

Amy Trachtenberg was born in 1955 in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work spans a multidisciplinary practice grounded in painting that includes sculpture, installation, public commissions, and collaborative works. Drawing upon several dyeing and printing techniques, her work references traditional textiles and found objects, layering combinations of manufactured textiles with fragments of clothing, bike tubes, upholstery, bedding, and construction materials, often erasing divides between traditional painting and sculpture. Trachtenberg’s habits of repairing, patching, collecting, and upcycling the discarded remains of material excess is a lifelong habit that feeds her artistic practice.

Trachtenberg’s work has been exhibited at The Luggage Store, San Francisco, Root Division, Oakland, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, and The San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, California. Her work is represented in multiple collections including, The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, The Achenbach Collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The San José Museum of Art, The Crocker Museum, Sacramento, The De Menil Collection, New York, and The Haitian Embassy in Paris. Trachtenberg has created site-specific installations, including the 1000’ – long ceramic tile passenger platform for a BART Station in Silicon Valley, California.

Trachtenberg has been awarded residencies at Lucas Artists at Montalvo Arts Center, KALA Arts, The Mesa Refuge, and the Symposium of Contemporary Art in Angoulême, France. She received a Bachelor of Arts in French and Liberal Studies from California State University, Sonoma and the Diplôme des Arts Plastiques from L’Ecole Nationale Superièure des Beaux-Arts in Paris where she lived for six years. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has been represented by Catharine Clark Gallery since 2021.