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Ironic sensibility, absurdity and humor move full speed ahead in Randy Burman__™s enigmatic assemblages __"a collection where contemporary conditions merge with the unexpected. Burman creates with spirited abandon, a process that yields a moment of discovery in every piece. Add Comment


Born and raised in Baltimore. Attended Baltimore Junior College for two years under the tutelage of Bennard Pearlman, (The Immortal Eight: American Painting from Eakins to the Armory Show). In 1967, his painting, Underneath the Piano, was selected to be exhibited in the juried Baltimore Museum of Art Regional Painting Show. He had his first one-man show at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Campus in 1969. Soon after dropping out of the Maryland Institute of Art, a friend inquired if he wanted to work on Baltimore__™s underground paper, Harry, where he met writer, P. J. O__™Rourke, who later, at Randy__™s request, wrote the script for a short graphic story which appeared in the Fells Point Telegraph__. The Telegraph__, was published by an artists and writers collaborative organized by Randy to support the successful legal challenge to the Department of Transportation__™s plan to demolish the historic, working-class, bohemian Fells Point waterfront neighborhood to make way for a leg of I-95. In 1971 with collaborator Alan Rose, he created movie titles for fellow Baltimorean, John Waters__™ Pink Flamingos. And in 1973 again for Female Trouble. He also did ocassional stints on special projects with Alan and P.J. at the National Lampoon. In 1976 he moved to Miami. Soon after meeting arts administrator and artist Anna Reville, they collaboratively created a set of eight Christmas cards which sold at local design, art and museum stores. In 1978, he and Ruth Beller formed R&R Graphics, specializing in wall murals, signs and silkscreen printing. In the eighties he founded River Studio with Mark Bonaparte. When that partnership proved to be financially unviable he worked for a short time as a production artist for a printing company, then as art director for a catalog company. Within two years he was hired as designer with a graphic design firm, but soon after began doing freelance graphic design in the evenings until he had to quit his day job to keep up with the freelance work. He formed a third partnership, Burman & Perez, which lasted until 1994. In 1995 he founded IKON Communication, a graphic design consultancy, primarily creating communications and donor recognition systems for not-for-profit organizations. In 2008, while still creative director at IKON, he resumed his fine art career.


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