Martha Mayer Erlebacher (1937-6/22/2013) was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. In the 1970s her paintings depicted fruit, eggs, and other objects in a realistic manner, but by the 1980s she had moved toward portraiture and studies of the female nude. One of the artists associated with Magic Realism, her work has been called "in a neo-Renaissance vein" (Les Krantz, ed., "American Artists: An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporary Artists, p. 104). She has taught at the School Art League in New York City, Pratt Institute (1964-65), Parsons School of Design (1965-66), and the Philadelphia College of Art (beginning in 1966). Erlebacher has won many awards and honors including a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1982, a Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Pennsylvania Council on Arts in 1988, and an Outstanding Teacher Award/Oil from American Artist Magazine in 1996. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions all over the U.S. since 1967, and included in over 100 national and international group exhibitions in 37 years. Articles written about her work have appeared in several publications including "American Artist," "Arts," and "Drawing." Erlebacher's work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art among many other museums, galleries, and corporate collections.