bad girl alexander john goldenberg“Bad Girl” by Alexander John Goldenberg

Middletown, NJ (May 8, 2017) – Husband and father Alexander John Goldenberg did not die from colon cancer – he lived it, painting prolifically throughout illness. After his diagnosis in May 2014, Alex took to his studio to do what he loved most – create. Painting was a vital force for the Red Bank artist; it made “a life worth living.” It has been one year since his passing, and now his family is celebrating his life and work with an art exhibit on view June 1 through June 24, 2017 at the Middletown Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Rd. in Middletown, NJ. A reception, open to the public, will be held on Saturday, June 24, 12:00-1:30 p.m.


“Alex’s story is extraordinary,” said his wife Donna Panarello. “He truly owned being an artist and followed his dream to paint bigger, bolder, brighter. And he did it because he had cancer, he used cancer as a turning point to create a life he loved.”


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Following many hospitalizations including three ICU visits, he always returned to painting, amassing a large collection of work that tells the story of a man who lived his passion, not cancer. Alex found strength and endurance after 12-13 months of chemo, transporting his most acclaimed piece entitled “Bad Girl”, a seven foot by four-foot painting on wooden panel, 1,600 miles by car in torrential rain, only stopping to rest and sleep for a few hours, on his way to Grand Rapids, Michigan where the work was on display at ArtPrize.

The painting “Bad Girl” outlines his healing journey. In the painting’s description for ArtPrize, Alex wrote, “Bad Girl” started out as a dysfunctional relationship metaphor for chemotherapy, but as I worked on it, I realized that it was really about the transformation and healing that I’ve been going through for the past year.” He also wrote, “Cancer has been and is a part of my life. I am very close to moving on from this disease. It’s possible to come out of an experience with cancer stronger than when you began. I hope this painting will convey that belief.”

“This was a man who was vibrant, loving, thoughtful and kind,” said Donna. “Alex once told me, exuberantly, that it was through his painting that he brought his love into the world. The plants surrounded by his paintings are lush and growing as if they can feel that love and vibrant energy coming off his paintings.”

Donna, a therapist who works with children, and her husband fostered then adopted their son Jonathan. The original paintings range in size and price. Prints will be available for purchase as well. Alex’s wife Donna Panarello can also arrange viewings before the exhibit. For more information, contact Donna at [email protected]
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