Neil Wax was born in November of 1974 in Pennsylvania, in a suburb outside of Philadelphia. Mr. Wax received his BA in English from Franklin Pierce University in southern New Hampshire. As a Kennedy Center American Theatre Award finalist for playwriting, Neil returned to Philadelphia to work in regional theatre and shortly after co-founded a non-profit theatre company which focused on text-based works from new writers.
In 1999, Neil began to work on a part-time basis in the sign industry, initially as a designer and fabricator. In the course of time, he became familiar with all aspects of the business and eventually worked as a consultant to start-up sign companies throughout the United States and Europe. 2003 brought him to Los Angeles where he continued his career in signs; now as an independent contractor, specializing in galleries and museums as a provider of exhibition graphics and signage.
Surrounded by works of art, Neil began to feel pangs of the creative urge which he had not since his time in theatre. He turned his understanding of signage manufacturing materials and equipment toward the creation of art objects. Initially making such works for his edification alone, Neil was finally encouraged by Los Angeles gallerist Dina Brown to exhibit his pieces in 2005. He met with quick success by producing an appealing satire of the banal consumer good which stirs a playful "shock (or mock) of recognition" within the viewer.
Considering his own material as "post-post-post pop", through juxtapositional use of color, shape, and text, Mr. Wax is able to articulate his fascination with our consumer culture. The corporate co-optation of human emotions, the ubiquity of plastics, the false promises in the language of PR, and the value judgments placed on feeling "good" versus "bad" are all themes discussed in his work.