Ira is an Artist, Printmaker, Draftsman and Designer. He lives and prints in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Born in the north-country of the wild and un-tamed state of Vermont, Ira developed a love for Punk Rock music in his teenage years. It was during this formative time in his youth that he nurtured the D.I.Y. ethic that has been a guiding aspect of his approach to life every since. Deciding to strike out into unknown and lawless lands of Central New York, he attended Syracuse University and majored in Illustration, with a concentration in Printmaking. His path was marked by intense intellectual study and a heavy course-load in visual communication, art history, writing, and philosophy.
Following his undergraduate education, he returned to Vermont, where he printed and taught at Print Studio 250, in Burlington. During his tenure there, he was also awarded a grant to study moku hanga (traditional japanese woodblock printing) at the Donkey Mill on the Big Island of Hawai’i. While there, he had the pleasure of learning from one of the masters of the medium, Hiroki Morinoue.
Seeking the opportunity to grow as an artist, he moved to Providence, R.I. and worked at the venerable arts organization AS220. After his stint there, he relocated to Somerville, MA, where he currently lives with is wife.