H.M. Saffer ll
Born in 1942, in Philadelphia, H.M. Saffer II proved to be a prodogy at the age of six, first exhibiting his art in a public showcase, and has cultivated that creative momentum throughout his life. After graduating from Temple University, H.M. travelled to Paris to begin a carreer as both a professional artist, and as a musician and song writer, performing with notable French stars Hugues Aufray, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, and many others before gaining emplyment with Barclay Records as a producer. Saffer worked on several hit records in the late 60’s, while also maintaining a status as chef and owner of two restaurants in Paris, as well as a third in Ibiza, Spain.
Before returning to the United States in 1970, H.M. completed studies at L'Ecole Des Beaux Arts, exhibiting in Paris and Brussels, Belgium. H.M. continued on with his music career in the United States at Warner Brothers Productions where he co-wrote the international hit song, "Look What They Done To My Song, Ma", recorded by Ray Charles, Melanie and other performers. While at Warner he painted a forty foot mural in their Madison Ave., NY headquarters and exhibited his works in the firm's lobby. In 1972 H.M. was hired by the dynamic songwriter/producer Bob Crewe as Senior Vice President for the Crewe Group of companies where he worked with the industry's top names including Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Vicki Carr, and Oliver. Later that year, he established HMS Two Music Ltd. and spent his time writing and producing music for films, commercials, recordings and Broadway productions, including commercial creations for Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Ford Motor Company, and Michelob among others.
All through this period H.M.'s continued to refine and broaden the scope of his artistic endeavors. In the early 80’s he began to study the art of Sumi-e, later traveling to Japan to study with Japanese masters. While in Japan, H.M.adapted his Japanese Sumi-e brush painting techniques to Western styles of Modernist painting, and was soon represented by Galleries in Japan and in Hong Kong, benefiting from time as a resident artist with numerous, successful solo exhibitions.