Past Exhibition

Harry Sefarbi Retrospective Exhibition

September 21 – November 15, 2014

Harry Sefarbi Exhibition to Open at the Wayne Art Center on September 21st

Paintings by the artist Harry Sefarbi (1917-2009) will be exhibited for sale at Wayne Art Center from September 21-November 15, 2014. Sefarbi’s work is known for its use of varied colors, overlay of patterns, and witty subject matter featuring gentlemen callers, proud mothers, dinner parties, and mosaic cityscapes. The exhibit will be the first substantial retrospective of Sefarbi’s works since his death.

Sefarbi was born in the greater Philadelphia area. After serving in World War II, he studied at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts and at the Barnes Foundation, then lived and painted in Paris for several years. He returned to Philadelphia in the early 1950’s, established a home and studio in Powelton Village and taught art appreciation at the Barnes Foundation for over fifty years. Dr Albert C. Barnes, the scientist and art collector who established the Foundation, purchased a Sefarbi painting for the Barnes collection, and Sefarbi’s paintings are also owned by many collectors in the Philadelphia area and beyond. As a painter and an educator, Sefarbi inspired many artists and influenced many lives.

The fall 2014 exhibition at the Wayne Art Center will include paintings that Sefarbi completed shortly before his death as well as works painted earlier in his career. Lectures about Sefarbi’s work will be offered during the exhibition.

The opening reception is from 2:00 – 5:00pm on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

For further information about Harry Sefarbi please visit or contact Danni Malitzski at or 610.716.2555.