Description I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. ~ Elie WieselElie Wiesel is a Jewish American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor born in Hungary September 30, 1928. He is the author of over fifty books including Night , a work about his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps. When receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Nobel Committee described him as a 'messenger to mankind', stating that through his struggle to come to terms with 'his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps', as well as his 'practical work in the cause of peace', Wiesel had given to the world a powerful message 'of peace, atonement and human dignity.'
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his convictions and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Spadecaller showcase his digital paintings, poetry, and other mixed media images by creating videos; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.