Peter D. Gerakaris
STATEMENT Although raised a ‘free-range’ child with a profound reverence for nature, I have subsequently maintained an urban studio in NYC for over a decade. This duality has resulted in a hybrid approach to art and life: I feel my artwork filters nature through a pop-media kaleidoscope. This approach has been described as “Pop-Botanic.” With a vibratory palette, fluorescent geometry, and meticulous detail, my interdisciplinary work traverses painting, works on paper, architectural installation, and origami accordion books. While deceptively graphic and “digital” upon first glance, my imagery is actually created by hand with a brush – the more digital our culture has become, the more I relish the analog. Furthermore, my work is also deeply inspired by extensive travel and residencies in China, Central America, the Caribbean, and West Africa. Having absorbed a myriad of global influences, music, iconography, and perspectives, my work attempts to engage and remix these motifs like a “Visual DJ” spinning a kaleidoscopic mix. -Peter Gerakaris
BIO Born in New Hampshire. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Gerakaris earned a BFA from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, & Planning and his MFA from Hunter College, where he also received the Tony Smith Prize. Additional distinctions include: the Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship at the National Academy of Fine Arts; the Clowes Foundation Full-Fellowship Award at the Vermont Studio Center; the Sun Room Honorarium at Wave Hill; and the iSolAIR U.S. Embassy Artist in Residence Fellowship in Cape Verde Islands. Gerakaris has also participated in residencies at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
His work is showcased in prominent public and corporate collections including: the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program Permanent Collection in Libreville, Gabon; Citibank; the Shirley L. & Herbert J. Semler Foundation; the Waskowmium; and the Schomburg Center. His work is also featured in numerous private collections, including: John H. Friedman; Stephen P. Hanson; Patrick McMullan; William Lim; Andrew and Heather Rayburn; and Beth Rudin DeWoody.
In addition to solo shows at venues such as Wave Hill and iSolAIR in the Cape Verde Islands (Africa), Gerakaris has exhibited at Shizaru Gallery; Dieu Donné; Chinese Contemporary Gallery; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Loretta Howard Gallery; Daniel Weinberg Gallery; Heather James Gallery; Central Booking; the National Academy of Fine Arts; and the Mykonos Biennale. The artist has also created public commissions, including a large site-specific installation for a storefront window at Bergdorf Goodman, curated by Linda Fargo and Grey Area.
Peter D. Gerakaris CV
Born in New Hampshire. Works and lives in Brooklyn, New York
2009 M.F.A. Hunter College, City University of New York. New York, NY
Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship Program, National Academy of Fine Art. New York, NY
2003 B.F.A. Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, & Planning (AAP). Ithaca, NY
2002 Rome Program, Under the Auspices of Cornell University. Rome, Italy
SELECTED ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2014 Agora: Fantasia (Part I), iSolAIR Artist in Residence Program in Collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Praia, Curated by iSolAIR & (READ)art. Praia, Cape Verde Islands
2009 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Times Square Gallery. New York, NY
2007 Spectrumorphosis, Wave Hill Sun Room at Glyndor Gallery, Curated by Jennifer McGregor & Erica Strongin. Riverdale, NY
Natural Selection, Kathleen Cullen Fine Art Project Space. New York, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Contemporaries, Ernest Newman Contemporary. Brooklyn, NY
A Family of Artists, Tavern Club Gallery. Boston, MA
Building, Central Booking. New York, NY
Exhibition & Benefit, Dieu Donné. New York, NY
Artwalk 2014, Exhibition & Benefit for the Coalition for the Homeless. New York, NY
Le Revivre de la Biennale de Mykonos: ‘Crise et Paganisme’, curated by Lydia Venieri, Galerie Vanessa Quang. Paris, France
10 Artists 10 Spaces: Bergdorf Goodman Site-Specific Window Installation & Commission for Art Matters!, Curated by Grey Area & Kyle DeWoody. New York, NY.
Mykonos Biennale, Curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Lee Wells, Katie Peyton and Ed Steinberg, Artistic Direction by Lydia Venieri. Mykonos, Greece.
Art in Embassies Permanent Collection Exhibition, U.S. Embassy Libreville (50th Anniversary of Art in Embassies). Curated by Robert T. Soppelsa. Libreville, Gabon
Exhibition & Benefit, Dieu Donné Studios & James Cohan Gallery. New York, NY
Isabel Lark Fine Art Summer Salon, Isabel Lark Fine Art. Lititz, PA
Chromatic Rhapsodies Sound-Collage Performance, Vera & Melchor. New York, NY
Chromatic Rhapsodies 4-Person Exhibition, Curated by Yoab Vera, Vera & Melchor. New York, NY
Bad for You, Shizaru Gallery. Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody. London, UK
Exhibition & Benefit, Dieu Donné. New York, NY
Artwalk 2012, Exhibition & Benefit for the Coalition for the Homeless. New York, NY
Flash Mob Group Exhibition 2.0, Re Institute. Millerton, NY
Flash Mob Group Exhibition 1.0, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts. New York, NY
Inaugural Exhibition, Milavec Hakimi Gallery at Cooper Union. New York, NY
Featured Exhibition, Pyeongtaek International Art Festival, Pyeongtaek Hall. South Korea
35th Anniversary Exhibition & Benefit, Dieu Donné. New York, NY
Artwalk 2011, Exhibition & Benefit for the Coalition for the Homeless. New York, NY
Funkadelic & Art of the Party, Lancaster Museum of Art. Lancaster, PA
Green Arts Festival, Art Current Gallery. Provincetown, MA
January White Sale, Loretta Howard Gallery. New York, NY
Apertures: Outopia, Eutopia & Other Spaces, Doors Art Fair Special Exhibition, Curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos. Seoul, Korea
Like a Rolling Stone: A Three Person Exhibition, Ana Cristea Gallery. New York, NY
The Halls, The Halls at Bowling Green, Curated by Astrid Persans. New York, NY
Artwalk 2010, Exhibition & Benefit for the Coalition for the Homeless. New York, NY
Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship Exhibition, National Academy of Fine Art. New York, NY
Another Damned Drawing Show, Daniel Weinberg Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
MAs Select MFAs, Times Square Gallery. New York, NY
Artwalk 2009, Exhibition & Benefit for the Coalition for the Homeless. New York, NY
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Heather James Gallery, Curated by Chip Tom. Palm Desert, CA
Artwalk 2008, Exhibition & Benefit for the Coalition for the Homeless. New York, NY
New York School, Rohrer Fine Art, Curated by Chip Tom. Laguna Beach, CA
Unframed, Charles Cowles Gallery, Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody. New York, NY
New Insight, Art Chicago, Curated by Susanne Ghez. Chicago, IL
DisArmory, dbFoundation, Curated by Annabel Daou. New York, NY
Artwalk 2007, Exhibition & Benefit for the Coalition for the Homeless. New York, NY
Scope Art Miami, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts. Miami, FL
Group Exhibition, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts. New York, NY
Bridge Art London, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts. London, UK
26th St Regiment Armory Convention, New York Horticultural Society. New York, NY
Melange, Gavlak Projects. West Palm Beach, FL
Artwalk 2006, Exhibition & Benefit for the Coalition for the Homeless. New York, NY
Scope Art London, Moti Hasson Gallery. London, UK
Toronto Art Fair, Moti Hasson Gallery. Toronto, CA
Salon Eo Ipso, Match Artspace. New York, NY
Scope Art Hamptons, Gavlak Projects. East Hampton, NY
AIM 26, Bronx Museum of the Arts. New York, NY
Dai Ti (Replacement), Chinese Contemporary Gallery, Curated by Ling-Yun Tang. Beijing, China
My Beijing: 3-Person Exhibition, RocketArt Gallery. New Castle, Australia
Salon Vice Versa, Match Artspace. New York, NY
Group Salon, Match Artspace. New York, NY
Shadows, Rags & Rope: 3-Person Exhibition, Broadway Gallery. New York, NY
AWARDS, GRANTS & RESIDENCIES
2014 iSol AIR Residency Program & Fellowship from U.S. Embassy Praia, Cape Verde Islands
2012 U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program Artist: Permanent Collection & Exhibition abroad at U.S. Embassy in Libreville, Gabon
2009 Tony Smith Fund Award & Fellowship, Granted by City University of NY, Hunter College
Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Workshop Fellowship, Granted by the National Academy of Fine Art
Dedalus Foundation / Robert Motherwell Award – M.F.A. Nominee
2008 New Insight / Art Chicago Selecteeq, Representative for Hunter College M.F.A. Program
Including panel discussion & show featuring “Top 12 National M.F.A. Programs”
2007 Sunroom Project Fellowship & Honorarium, Wave Hill Gallery
2006 AIM 26 Residency, Bronx Museum of the Arts
2005 Beijing Red Gate Gallery Residency, Red Gate Gallery
Clowes Foundation Full Fellowship & Residency, Vermont Studio Center
2002 The Edith & Walter King Stone Memorial Prize for Artists, Cornell University
2001 The David R. Bean Prize for Fine Arts in Rome, Cornell University
SELECTED PRESS, REVIEWS, & CATALOGUES
2014 Where the Sidewalk Ends…and Begins Again (Essay), Heather Zises.
Central Booking Magazine. September, Volume V, Issue III: 16-17. Print.
Kaleidoscopic Curiosities, Review by Kate Haveles. ARTLOG. April 6.http://artlog.tumblr.com/post/82018873538/kaleidoscopic-curiosities-inspired-by-the
Art and Fashion Intersect in Bergdorf Goodman’s Windows, Review by Rebecca Bates. Architectural Digest. Feb 21.http://www.architecturaldigest.com/blogs/daily/2014/02/bergdorf-goodman-art-matters-grey-area
Peter Gerakaris at Bergdorf’s, by James Horner. New York Fine Arts Examiner. March 2.http://www.examiner.com/article/peter-gerakaris-at-bergdorf-s
‘Art Matters!’ at Bergdorf Goodman, by Daniel Gordon. Duggal Connect. February.http://duggalconnect.com/art-matters-at-bergdorf-goodman/
Timeless Interview with Artist Peter D. Gerakaris, Interview by Bebe Leone. The Heritage Studio. February. http://theheritagestudio.com/2014/02/17/timeless-interview-with-artist-peter-d-gerakaris/
Art Matters! Bergdorf Goodman’s Spring 2014 Windows, by Bebe Leone. The Heritage Studio. Feb 10.http://theheritagestudio.com/2014/02/07/art-matters-bergdorf-goodmans-spring-2014-windows/
See // Grey Area at Bergdorf Goodman, by Kate Haveles. ARTLOG. Feb 10.http://www.artlog.com/2014/1129-see-grey-area-windows-at-bergdorf-goodman/#.U1BERl4wdU0
2014 Art Matters! at Bergdorf Goodman NYC Fashion Week, by Heather Zises. (READ)art. February. http://readartny.com/art-matters-at-bergdorf-goodman-for-nyc-fashion-week-review-by-heather-zises
Saturday Selects – Week of February 10, 2014, by Monica Khemsurov. Sight Unseen. February. http://www.sightunseen.com/2014/02/week-of-february-10-2014/
Bergdorf Goodman – Peter D. Gerakaris. Escaparatinova. February.http://www.escaparatinova.es/2014/02/bergdorf-goodman-peter-d-gerakaris.html
“Art Matters” Spring Window Displays at Bergdorf Goodman. The BWD. February.http://thebwd.com/art-matters-spring-window-displays-at-bergdorf-goodman/
Art Matters! Ten Artists for Ten Spaces at Bergdorf Goodman, Review by Carlos J. Fonts. Musée Magazine. Feb 6.http://museemagazine.com/uncategorized/art-matters-ten-artists-for-ten-spaces-at-bergdorf-goodman/
2013 2013 Dieu Donné Annual Benefit Exhibition & Auction, Review by Heather Zises. (READ)art. September. http://readartny.com/2013-dieu-donne-annual-benefit-exhibition-and-auction-review-by-heather-zises
In the Studio With Peter D. Gerakaris, Interview by Heather Zises. (READ)art. Marchhttp://readartny.com/in-the-studio-with-peter-d-gerakaris-interview-by-heather-zises
Chromatic Rhapsodies, A Pop-Up Show,James Horner. New York Fine Arts Examiner. April 28. http://www.examiner.com/article/chromatic-rhapsodies-a-pop-up-show
Art and Bees Take on Foreign Policy, James Horner. New York Fine Arts Examiner. March 23. http://www.examiner.com/article/art-and-bees-take-on-foreign-policy
A Galactic Botanic Voyage, Essay by Heather Zises. (READ)art. March.
Flight of the Bumblebee, Essay by Heather Zises. (READ)art. March.
2012 Bad For You Exhibition Catalogue,Essay by Mike Solomon. Shizaru Gallery. Oct. 10. Print.
2011 Nature Gone Wild (Review and Interview), James Horner. New York Fine Arts Examiner. Oct. 3. http://www.examiner.com/fine-arts-in-new-york/just-time-for-fall
15th Annual Pyeongtaek International Art Festival: Special Exhibition Catalogue, Curatorial essay by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos. Pyeongtaek Art Hall. Oct. 5
AAP Alumni Artists in New York, Alison Levasseur. Cornell University Architecture, Art & Planning Newsletter. Spring/Summer Issue
The Curious All White Show, James Horner. New York Fine Arts Examiner. Jan. 19
January White Sale Catalogue, Loretta Howard Gallery. Jan. Print.
2010 Apertures: Outopia, Eutopia & Other Spaces Special Exhibition Catalogue Essay, Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos. Doors International Art Fair. Nov. Print.
Like a Rolling Stone at Ana Cristea (Review), Christopher Hart Chambers.
dART Magazine International.http://www.dartmagazine.com/archive.asp . Fall Issue. Print.
Two-Part Interview with Peter Gerakaris, Caroline Von Kuhn. CNYC (Contaminate NY). July. http://www.contaminatenyc.com/?p=2356
2009 Peter Gerakaris: Post-Pop Botanic Tondos, Duncan Del Alderson.
Christies Contemporary Fine Art & Education. June 1. Print.
Don’t Miss Peter Gerakaris at Heather James Fine Art, Steven Biller.
Palm Springs Life. Jan. Print.
2008 A New York State of Mind at Rohrer Fine Art in Laguna Beach, Greg Stacey.
OC Weekly. Aug. 14
New York Cool in Laguna Beach, Sarah Simpson. OC Register TV Interview. July
New York School Catalogue & Essay, Chip Tom. Rohrer Fine Arts. Aug. Print.
Chicago A Go Go, Ben Davis. Artnet. April 21
Art Chicago 2008 Catalogue & New Insight Essay, Susanne Ghez. Art Chicago. April. Print.
MyArtSpace Talk: Peter Gerakaris (Interview), Brian Sherwin. May 11
2007 Collecting: Come on, let’s all go to the fair, Sarah Jane Checkland. Financial Times of London. Sept. 30. Print
Peter Gerakaris: Artist Profile (Documentary Short). Current TV
Wave Hill Spectrumorphosis. Bronx Times Reporter. March 1. Print.
SELECTED PRESS, REVIEWS, & CATALOGUES (continued)
2006 RxArt Ball 2006 Catalogue. RxArt and Company Agenda. Nov. Print.
On the Town: The Bronx Museum of the Arts Presents AIM 26. New York Sun. June 13. Print.
Bronx Museum of the Arts AIM 26 Review, Benjamin Genocchio. New York Times. April 9. Print.
AIM 26 Catalogue & Essay, Lydia Yee & Erin Salazar Riley-Lopez.
Bronx Museum of the Arts. March. Print.
2006 RePlacement Review, TimeOut Beijing. March. Print.
2005 Voices From Other Friends: Studio Fei Jia Cun Interview, Jenny Niven.
China Radio International (CRI). March
Studio Fei Jia Cun: China Radio International Online English Supplement, Jenny Niven March.http://email@example.com
2004 Platonic Dialogues: In and Out of the Cave, David Markus. NY Arts Magazine. Sept. Print.
SELECTED CORPORATE & PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
US Art in the Embassies Permanent Collection & Program (Libreville, Gabon)
Citibank Corporate Collection (New York, NY)
The Shirley L. & Herbert J. Semler Foundation (Portland, OR)
City University of New York, Hunter College (New York, NY)
The Waskowmium (Burlington, VT)
Schomburg Center (NYC)
* Peter D. Gerakaris’ work is included in numerous private collections around the globe. Select highlights include the Beth Rudin DeWoody (NYC, NY), Stephen P. Hanson (NYC, NY), William Lim (Hong Kong, China), Jinho Cho (Seoul, Korea), Andrew & Heather Rayburn (Cleveland, OH & Anguilla), Patrick McMullan, and John H. Friedman collections (NYC, NY).
ARTIST TALKS, LECTURES, VOLUNTEERISM, & ADDITIONAL DISTINCTIONS
2014 Distinguished Artist Presentation at US Embassy Residence Hosted by US Ambassador Adrienne O’Neal in collaboration with the iSolAIR Residency Program. Praia, Cape Verde Islands
2014 Visiting Artist Creative Workshop: Accordion Book Presentation and Interactive Workshop to Promote Cultural Exchange in Cape Verde. Funded by the US Embassy Praia in collaboration with the iSolAIR Residency Program. Porta Madeira, Cape Verde Islands
2014 Currently member of the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) Alumni Advisory Council (since 2011). New York, NY and Ithaca, NY
2014 Currently Co-Chair of the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) Young Alumni Advisory Committee (since 2011). New York, NY and Ithaca, NY
2013 Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) Internship Coordinator Search Committee & Interview Panel. New York, NY and Ithaca, NY
2011 Professional Artist Talk & Studio Visit, CUNY Lehman College. New York, NY
2011 Distinguished Alumni Studio Visit & Artist Talk,Cornell University. New York, NY
2010 Distinguished Alumni Visiting Artist & Panelist, Cornell University Studio Art Department. Ithaca, NY
2009 VIP Artist Talk & Tour with Gallery Director Joachim Pissarro & Pres. Jennifer Raab, Times Square Gallery, Hunter College. New York, NY
2009 Academic Lecturer & TA: Color in the Digital Age 2.0 (for Prof. Sanford Wurmfeld’s Graduate “Color Seminar”), City University of NY, Hunter College. New York, NY
2008 Academic Lecturer & TA: Color in the Digital Age 1.0 (for Prof. Sanford Wurmfeld’s Graduate “Color Seminar”), City University of NY, Hunter College. New York, NY
2008 NEXT Talk Shop: New Insight M.F.A. Panelist, Art Chicago 2008. Chicago, IL
2007 Artist Talk & Studio Visit Coordinator, CUNY Lehman College. New York, NY
Spectrumorphosis Artist Talk, Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery. New York, NY
2005 International Visiting Artist Studio Talk & Presentation, Western Academy. Beijing, China