John J Heartfield has studied his grandfather’s personal and professional life for many years. He was fortunate to spend summers with his famous grandfather in Northern Italy and other European locations whenever John Heartfield could secure a temporary visa from East Germany. He describes the times he spent with his grandfather as “some of the best times of my childhood.”
Red Burns, legendary founder and former chair of the Interactive Telecommunications Program
at New York University, wrote of John J Heartfield, “From the moment he entered our program, John evidenced the wonderful combination of skills and talents which inspired him to study multimedia — a computer programmer and a musician with a keen appreciation for the visual arts. In other words, a wonderful blend of the technical and the artistic. John thrives on challenges, and he is a relentless learner.”
Upon completing his M.A. at New York University, John J Heartfield received a Tisch School of the Arts Award
“for pioneering work in interactive media.”
Japan’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI), The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and The Multimedia Association of Japan honored John by inviting him to Tokyo to inaugurate the Time 24
multimedia facility. While in Japan, he gave presentations to large audiences of government officials, corporate leaders, and multimedia professionals. He led a two-week seminar for young brilliant aspiring multimedia artists
He’s spoken to enthusiastic audiences about politics and art at venues as diverse as New York University, corporate conference rooms, and outdoor events such as Mahnmal Friedenskreuz St. Lorenz
in Austria. In November 2016, John was invited to give a presentation in the San Francisco Collage Museum for the DADA WORLD FAIR, sponsored by The City Lights Bookstore and Swissex.
Professor Heartfield has designed and taught more than twenty-five university courses in digital media design and programming in schools such as the Tisch School of the Arts (New York University), The College Of New Jersey, and Queens College, City University of New York.
His professional roles have included Creative Director, Senior User Interface Designer, and Media Programmer. He was a sought-after multimedia consultant for several of America’s largest corporations. He continues to help a select number of artists and small businesses to succeed on the web.
This exhibition is a labor of love. It is the focus of his life. He is most passionate about:
• Increasing the recognition and renown of his courageous grandfather.
• Expanding this exhibition into a place to display the art of artists with courage and integrity.
Many artists suffer for their art.
All artists suffer promoting their art.