In My Studio - Noah Erenberg

Erenberg, an individual on the autism spectrum, lives in San Luis Obispo in a one-story half brick house that also contains his studio-slash-gallery with thirty of his pieces on display. His art reflects his imagination, creating characters like the subject of his piece “Diva,” a portrait of a being clad in all black from whose head vibrant turquoise strokes erupt, suggesting a mohawk or an even edgier hairstyle. The closed off detailing on the eye and mouth of the figure confirm what the ‘do suggests. This diva is cooler than you. This diva is radical.

Noah’s workplace is pretty radical, too. The studio/gallery attached to his bedroom displays thirty of his paintings, naturally lit by two skylights and seven windows set high on the walls of the space. A portrait-in-progress sits on his worktable, surrounded by paint supplies, a couple iPads he uses to listen to hip hop and watch videos, as well as a cage containing a chameleon Noah excitedly introduces as Monster Man. A litter box belonging to Kobe Bryant, Erenberg’s cat, sits beside the worktable. Floor to ceiling cubbies contain expected supplies like paint and cardboard as well as the less expected old guitars, green rope lights, and a snowboard.

Another extreme sporting equipment turn nontraditional canvas is the surfboard hanging above Erenberg’s art bar, an outdoor bar he’s been assembling and painting with one of his roommates. Swaths of bright reds, pinks, yellows, and greens are covered in letters on the front panel of the bar, appearing to act as an abstract portrayal of the surfboard above the bar. Noah’s favorite part of the bar? The green lights he’s planning to hang on the top.

A cheeky hand-painted sign advertises Happy Hour and prices on imports and domestics as if the art bar were a licensed watering hole. Even though it’s not, Erenberg hopes you'll drop by location 84 to check out his work or visit his website.

Diva - Noah Erenberg
Noah in his art bar
Noah's art bar
Diva - Noah Erenberg
Diva - Noah Erenberg
Noah in his art bar
Noah in his art bar
Noah's art bar
Noah's art bar