Adam Shaw was born in New York City. He has been painting his entire life, and began working with oils in the mid 1970’s. His work is in many corporate and private collections in the United States and Europe. He was educated in the Renaissance tradition, receiving a B.A. in Classics, with a minor in Russian and Italian. In 1979 and 1980 he lived in Italy, in Florence and Urbino, studying art history. In 1981 he moved to San Francisco to pursue a Master’s degree in Poetics. Following that he became a physician and was in private practice for 14 years. He has taught workshops and lectured at numerous institutions, including Palmer College and the College of Marin. He has published a number of his own poems and has translated poetry from Latin, Russian and Italian.