Since leaving design in 2000 Jerry Hirshberg is an artist living and working in Del Mar, CA. He was formally best known as one of the world's leading industrial designers. What Mr. Hirshberg is less well known for is his life long passion for and commitment to painting. No matter how encompassing his career and accomplishments in design became, he continued to paint throughout his career. Since leaving design, he has become dedicated solely to painting.


  • 2012  Group Show, Henoch Gallery, New York

  • 2007-2012 represented by the Danese Gallery, New York.

  • 2009 Solo Exhibition, Danese Gallery, New York.

  • 2011 Group Show, In the Presence of Light,  Danese Gallery, New York.    

  • 2009 Group Show, Forces of Nature,  Danese Gallery, New York.

  • 2007 Art Basel Miami  

  • Represented in private collections coast to coast and abroad


  • 1958-60 Studied Liberal Arts and Engineering at Ohio State University
  • 1963 Bachelor of Arts in painting and design from the Cleveland Institute of Art
  • 1963 Received the Mary C. Page Travelling Fellowship for study abroad upon graduation

  • 2004 Awarded Honorary Doctorate degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, only the third time in their 125 year history.


  • 1999 Authored The Creative Priority, published by Harper Collins and Penguin/Viking overseas
  • Named one of "25 Greatest Books on Creativity" by the EACI, (European Association of Creativity and Innovation).


  • Served on several NEA Design/Art panels in Washington DC

  • Has spoken on art, creativity and design to professional and governmental organizations both here and abroad, and to Universities such as Harvard, Brown, Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, the Rhode Island School of Design, etc.

  • Has been selected for the May Show at the Cleveland Museum of Art

  • 1980-2000, Founding Director and President of Nissan Design International, which went on to create an award-winning collection of automobiles as well as general product designs for an international group of clients.
  • 2001, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, 20-year retrospective of his design work, La Jolla, California.
  • Was seen as "the most recognizable automobile designer in America" (N.Y. Times, 6/30, 2000) and one of he world's foremost industrial designers.
  • Named San Diego's first Chairperson of Public Art.

  • Has been the subject of two international documentary films