Noah Alexander Issac Stein is visual artist known primarily for his ecstatic oil and wax compositions, and for his leading role in arts organizations based in Portland, OR, Israel, and Palestine. Noah’s unique style is a result of ritual evocations of trance states, combined with his training in research psychology, and his extensive experiences as a traveler throughout the Middle East, Asia, and North America.
In both his art and his role as an arts organizer, Noah’s focus has been in bridging dichotomies and unifying opposites. In his art this takes the form of crossing boundaries between abstract and representational, frenzied and peaceful, holy and blasphemous. As one of the founders of the trans-boundary arts organization Art Knows No Borders, this takes the form of breaking down boundaries of us and them and bringing artists of different backgrounds together in pursuit of common causes.
Noah’s art can be seen in galleries throughout Portland, and has won awards and grants both nationally and internationally. He is a current member of the East Creative Collective, and the head of First Friday PDX.