Serge Hollerbach (1 November 1923 - 19 February 2021) was born in Pushkin (Tzarskoye Selo), Russia. He studied in West Germany at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts from 1946 to 1949; then he came to New York City to study at the Art Students League in 1951, and the American Art School of New York City in 1952. He has taught at the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York, conducted workshops across the country, served as juror, and lecturer.


Publications include Composing in Acrylics (Watson-Guptill, 1988), Sketches in Pen & Ink and Watercolor (Newman and Saunders Galleries, 1987), Notes of an Artist (in Russian; Overseas Publications Interchange LTD, London, 1983), City's Hot Shadows (also in Russian; Albatros Publishing House Paris, 1990), and the memoir New York Notebook (in Russian; The New Review Publishing, 2013), among others. In addition, he has published articles in American Artist, The Artist's Magazine, and Today's Art.


A National Academician, Serge has served as honorary president of the American Watercolor Society and also belongs to Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists, and the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic. Among his numerous prizes are the American Watercolor Society's Gold Medal in 1983, and Silver Medal in 1989 and 1990; an Audubon Artists Silver Medal in 1983; the Grumbacher Gold Medallion in 1988; Allied Artists of America Gold Medal 1985 and 1987; and First Prize in The Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition in 1986 and 1987.


Serge's work is in several private and public collections, including the National Academy of Design in New York, the Yale University Art Gallery, the University of Kentucky Art Museum, The Georgia Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and the Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, just to name a few.


Serge Hollerbach died in New York City on 19 February 2021 at the age of 97, and is buried in the Novo-Diveevo Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Nanuet, New York.





Munich Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, West Germany, 1946-49

Art Students League, New York, 1951

American Art School, New York, 1952




National Academy of Design (Academician)

American Watercolor Society

Allied Artists of America

Audubon Artists

National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic


Solo Exhibitions (Selected)


Anna Akhmatova Musuem, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1996

Galerie Marie-Therese, Paris, France, 1995, 1990, 1986

Municipal Gallery, St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, 1993

Espace Gilette, Nice, France, 1992

Atelier Franco-Russe, Serre Les Alpes, France, 1992

Newman & Saunders Galleries, Wayne, PA, 1988, 1987, 1984

Amparo Gallery, Denver, CO, 1985

David Findlay Galleries, New York, 1981

Columbia University, New York, 1980


Awards (Selected)


American Watercolor Society High Winds Medal, 1996

American Watercolor Society Silver Medal, 1994, 1990, 1989

Allied Artists of America Gold Medal, 1987, 1985

National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic First Prize, 1990, 1987

Medal of Honor, Audubon Artists, 1986

American Watercolor Society Gold Medal, 1983

American Academy of Arts & Letters Purchase Awards (Child Hassam Fund), 1969, 1968

And Other Prizes


Work In (Selected)


Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Thomas P. Whitney Collection, Washington, CT

St. Paul Gallery of Art, St. Maul, MN

Bridgeport Museum, Bridgeport, CT

Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

Seton Hall University Art Gallery, South Orange, NJ

Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, Norfolk, VA

Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK

Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, NJ

National Academy of Design, New York, NY

Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK

University of Kentucky Art Museum, Louisville, KY

Zimmerly Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Voronezh, Art Museum, Voronezh, Russia

Zimmerly Art Museum, New Brunswick, N.J.

Foundation: "Russkoye Zarubezhye, Moscow

Museum of Art, Nizhnyn Novgorod, Russia