Donald Stoltenberg has been credited with developing the collagraphic printing technique, a process which creates an embossed, textured product by adding objects and materials to the print plate. Working also in oils and watercolors, Stoltenberg’s architectural style reflects the influence of the Bauhaus school, which links craftsmanship with design aesthetics. Stoltenberg says, “I’m an urban painter, in that I tend to use city orientated subjects. Architecture, buildings, and man-made things offer me the kind of space, sharpness, and angles that I respond to.” Stoltenberg maintains a sense of tension for the viewer by suggesting, rather than fully developing, his images.
Stoltenberg received a BS in visual design from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institiute of Technology, Chicago, IL. He has published two books on collagraph printmaking and has taught and lectured at the Institute of Design, Chicago, IL, deCordova's School, Lincoln, MA, and Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro, MA. His work has been shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago,IL, Museum of Fine Arts and Institute of Contemporary Art, both in Boston, MA, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, among others. The artist's work is in the collections of Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME, and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA.