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Abstract Expressionists We Love: Jeff Wenzel

on February 20, 2023

Jeff Wenzel
Denver, CO

Jeff Wenzel, born in 1959 in Denver, led a nomadic early life across Colorado, California, and Alaska. Upon returning to California for postgraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, he immersed himself in abstract expressionism. Focusing on sculpture and painting, he honed his craft under the mentorship of renowned abstract expressionist sculptor Peter Voulkos. 

Abstract Expressionist artist Jeff Wenzel

'Mother Load' by Jeff Wenzel, mixed media on wood. 

Guided by influential figures Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown in the Bay Area figurative movement, Wenzel refined his drawing and painting skills. His academic journey culminated in 1981 with a Master of Arts degree and a subsequent Master of Fine Arts degree in 1983, solidifying his academic and artistic foundations.

Beyond academia, Wenzel contributed as a teaching assistant and later shared his expertise by teaching pottery and ceramic sculpture at various Bay Area institutions. Returning to Denver in 1988, he expanded his artistic pursuits, venturing into large-scale paintings with mixed materials on paper and wood, while continuing his exploration of clay.

Abstract Expressionist artist Jeff Wenzel

By Jeff Wenzel, 2022, mixed media on wood. 

Wenzel's artistic contributions have earned national recognition, with exhibitions featuring his work and inclusion in esteemed collections. His unique artistic style, an amalgamation of abstract expressionism shaped by mentors and his distinctive voice, has resulted in a body of work that resonates on a national scale.

Check out Jeff Wenzel's work at the Space Gallery.


Pete Stein
Founder, Galerie Stein

Galerie Stein will be presenting several contemporary Abstract Expressionist artists both virtually at and in our gallery in Montreal in 2024.

Contact: Pete Stein - Galerie Stein at