Professor was born and lives in New York City. He has travelled widely and was one of the original Soho homesteaders, having maintained a studio in the area from before it was known as Soho. A recent article in New York Living featured the artist and his loft. Professor Aptekar also taught for many years at Pratt Institute where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He has been a Program Supervisor for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and has lectured and exhibited extensively.
Helene Harrison of The New York Times said about him, "It is still rare to find an artist who can successfully incorporate overt political content in his work...his is... a critique of modern culture. Mr. Aptekar's art is unlike political murals...related wall paintings...ironic humor breaks through...but with a subversive aim...it gives us plenty to look and think about..."
Professor Benjamin Einhorn, Professor Emeritus in the Department concerning an exhibit in the Conde-Nast Building wrote that it was a "remarkable and gripping sculptural construction," and "I found myself plunged into the midst of a hellish universe." Professor Aptekar is now working on a portrait of nuclear physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the maker of the atomic bomb.
He has a BFA from Cooper Union and a MFA from Hunter College. Prior to his career at City Tech, Prof. Aptekar served as Design Director for the New York City Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs Administration.