Albert Handell is a well known Santa Fe artist, teacher, and writer. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937. At an early age, a favorite activity of his was drawing with chalks on the city street. Albert began formal studies at sixteen. In 1954 he enrolled at the Art Students League of NYC to study drawing and anatomy with the late Louis Priscilla and the late Robert Ward Johnson, and later, painting with Frank Mason. From 1961 to 1965 Albert lived and painted independently in Paris.
Albert has received grants from the John F. and Anna Lee Stacy Foundation and the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation, Montreal
In 2000, the Pastel Society of the West Coast honored him by electing him their first, ever, Life Time Achievement Award for Pastel. Also that year, he received the Silver Medal $4000 Cash Award at the Laguna Art Museum Invitational. In 1987, The Pastel Society of America elected him to the Pastel Hall of Fame, one of three living artists to have been so honored at the time. He has received the highest honor accorded by Oil Painters of America, designation as Master Painter.