Nathaniel Gold is an Illustrator, Author, and Educator with an MFA in Illustration. His work has appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, The New York Press. His work was recognized by the Society of Illustrators in 2008 and in 2009 he published his first book The Chimpanzee Manifesto which went on to win a Gold Medal for outstanding book of the year in the 2010 Independent Publishing Awards (IPPY).
Nathaniel fell in love with the aesthetic beauty of chimps as a child and when asked to create something beautiful for an assignment in graduate school it clicked and he has dedicated his art to the well being of chimps ever since. During a visit to Save the Chimps in the spring of 2013 as a guest he finally met his first chimp Cheetah who happens to also be one of his no-human primate artistic collaborators. “It was then that I realized that the purpose of my work was to give a voice to chimps that were rescued and still need to be rescued from research, entertainment, and the pet trade.”Nathaniel has been drawing portraits of save the chimps residents since 2012 and with them as a partner he offers one of a kind collaborative portraits of and with the chimps, as well as limited edition prints.
Nathaniel is an adjunct professor at FIT in NYC where he teaches a survey course on art styles and the influences of popular culture on the development of American illustration. Nathaniel is currently working on his 2nd book (an illustrated novel) he lives in Long Island with his wife, two children, and dog Thelonious.
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