Born October 31, 1953 in New York City. He is a fifth generation furniture maker. Joined the NYC gallery, Art Et Industrie in SoHo, in 1980, remaining with the gallery until its close in 1997, and was one of five core members who, during the 1980s and 90s, reinvigorated the artist-designed furniture genre in the USA. His furniture has been featured editorially in more than one hundred publications internationally; was selected for the redesign of the executive offices of Rolling Stone Magazine in New York, and was used as set decoration in the seminal 80s Hollywood film, Wall Street.
Howard Meister's art work has been exhibited and collected (as part of their permanent collections) by many museums and corporations worldwide; The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, The Art Museum of Rhode Island School of Design, The American Craft Museum (New York), The Beaux Arts Museum (Montreal, Canada), The Hudson River Museum, The Palm Beach Museum (Florida) as well as museums in North Carolina and Texas. Howard received the Metropolitan Home Design 100 Award in 1990 (Exhibited at the Citicorp Atrium, New York and Elements of Style). Howard has participated in exhibitions both collective and individual in New York City, Tokyo, London, Paris, Detroit, Osaka, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Northampton, and Austin.
Since 1997, he has worked primarily in digitally manipulated photographic images and artist's books. Meister now lives in rural Massachusetts with his wife, Paula Zindler RN. They have a daughter, Caitlin, who is a voice over artist and photographer.
Defining Craft, The American Craft Museum, New York City (2000)
The Book of Lilith and The Book of Flies, digital books, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Mezzanine Gallery.
The Signal, painted steel, 1984, Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal, Canada (1993).
Nothing Continues To Happen, painted wood, 1980, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City (1992).
Kata , aluminium, 1988, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (1990).
Learning Her Lie, painted torch-cut steel with split seat, 1984; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (1998).
Nothing Continues to Happen, painted wood, 1980, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London UK.
2007-2009 Magen XX Century Gallery, New York City
2007 Design Basel/Miami, Basel, Switzerland, and Design/Art London, England
2007 Art Basel, Miami and Harris-Lieberman Gallery, New York City
2005 Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA and Magen XX Century Gallery, New York City and The Armory, New York City "Modernism" and The Last Minute Gallery, Northampton, MA
2004 Study In White. A public art project. Funding: Infiniti Cars/Chiat Day. Digital Billboard at 34th Street and 7th Avenue, NY
2003 PhotoGraphics Gallery, New York City
2001 College of Art and Design/ CCS Center Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
1998 Art Et Industrie, New York City
1997 Art Et Industrie, NYC
1996 Art Et Industrie, NYC
1995 Art Et Industrie, NYC
1993 Turbulence Gallery, NYC
1992 Turbulence Gallery, NYC. Gallery 91, NYC. Art Et Industrie, NYC
1991 Seibu Store Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. The Earth Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Art Et Industrie, NYC
1990 Art Et Industrie, NYC. ARS, Tokyo, Japan. Brutus Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1989 Elements Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. A&D Building, NYC
1988 Art Et Industrie, NYC
1987 Art Et Industrie, NYC
1986 Art Et Industrie, NYC. San Francisco Int'l Airport ("Chair")
1985 Art Et Industrie, NYC.The Allen/Wincor Gallery, NYC
1984 Phoenix: Int'l New design, Toronto, Canada. The Red Studio, NYC. Gallery 91, NYC
1983 Fashion Institute of Technology, NY. Huntington Gallery, U. Texas at Austin. Danceteria, NYC. Directional Furniture Inc, High Point, NC
1980- 1982 Art Et Industrie, NYC
Howard Meister's work has appeared editorially in:
Deutsche Vogue, Art And Application, The New York Times, Manhattan Spirit, Art & Auction Magazine, Fusion Planning (Japan), The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Interior Design Market, Elle (Japan), Metropolitan Home, Pronto (Japan), International Herald Tribune, Vogue Living (Australia), New York Magazine, Design (UK), Art Aurea (Germany), Casa Vogue (Italy), The Village Voice, Boston Globe Magazine, Metalsmith, Ambiente (Germany), America (USSR), NY SOHO: A Guide and Documentary, Newsday New York, Furniture Today, Craft International, The New York Times (Home Design Supplement, cover photo), New Look, Per Lui (Italy), Town & Country, Interior Design, Interiors, HFD, Newsday of Long Island, Metropolis, Psychology Today, New York Daily News, Island Magazine, The Face (England), Skonne Hjem (Denmark), Brutus (Japan), Japan Interior Design, Schoner Wohnen (Germany), Vogue (USA), Gentleman's Quarterly, Domus (Italy), Gala (Germany), Clic (Sweden), Art World, DNR, House Beautiful, New York's Inside Design, Manhattan Catalog Magazine, Elle Décor (France), Architectural Digest, Gastronomica
In Hard Cover:
"Ornamentalism" Jensen and Conway. Clarkson Potter Publishers.
"Modern Furniture Classics" Miriam Stimpson. Whitney Press
"New, Used and Improved: Art For The 80s" Denise Domergue. Abbeville Press