Cheryl Schainfeld (b. 1963) is an American artist living and working in Boston. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University where she studied painting, drawing and did coursework in Women’s Studies. She has exhibited locally and nationally since 2003. She completed a residency in 2006 at Gasp Artist Studio Projects under the direction of Magdalena Campos-Pons. In 2005 she worked as a painting assistant to Lalla Essaydi.
Schainfeld has worked as a digital artist and creative director in medical animation, documentary film and broadcast design from 1983-2002. In 1985-1986 she worked as a computer artist in Oslo, Norway and in Stockholm, Sweden. She has traveled extensively creating sophisticated media presentations for varied companies around the world. She started a production company in 1988 that provided animation and editing services to the entertainment, financial and medical industries as well as educational institutions. Since 2006, she has been working as a full time artist and has maintained a studio in the South End of Boston.


Creating a painting or artwork is similar to choreographing a dance or composing music. Each element has its own function and character that interacts both on its own and as a whole in the composition. Making a mark has both predictable and unpredictable outcomes. This contradiction excites me. I enjoy the planned and unplanned explorations in various techniques, applications and experiments. Sometimes they flow and at times they abruptly fail. My wish is that the failures transform themselves into the desired outcome and that these will resonate with the viewer. I work with both abstract and representational elements with content concerning the ways that technology impacts our daily lives, issues concerning our bodies, our minds and health, gender, identity, pattern and consumption.