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  GREGORY KONDOS BIOGRAPHY

Recognized as one of the world's most prominent California landscape artists, Gregory Kondos has won numerous prizes and has works in permanent collections of many museums, including the Yosemite Museum, where he has been a member of the Artist-in-Residence Program since 1989. Among his solo exhibitions is a recent retrospective at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.  His paintings, drawings and prints have been described by Art Harlow, Director of the Hearst Art Gallery at St. Mary's College, as "a visual feast for those who love landscape art and the unique beauty of California's diverse terrain."

Raised in Sacramento by Greek immigrant parents, Kanela and Steve Kondos, Mr. Kondos studied at Sacramento City College and later received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Art at the California State University at Sacramento. He taught at Sacramento City College for 27 years and was the founder and director of the campus gallery. With fellow artist and friend, Wayne Thiebaud, Mr. Kondos founded the Artists Cooperative Gallery (now the Artists Contemporary Gallery), one of the earliest showcases for aspiring artists in northern California. Mr. Kondos was recently elected to the National Academy of Design and was featured in the Fall of 1998 in a PBS Special Program documentary, "A Passion for the Land."

According to Victoria Dalkey, art correspondent for the Sacramento Bee, " ...it was a trip to Greece, his ancestral home, in 1963, that changed the course of his work." "His protracted observation of  the Greek landscape, sitting alone and watching the sun glint off the ruins of Sounion, waiting for changes in the color, profoundly affected his painting. Coming home with suitcases full of drawings, he began to paint what he had seen with the simplicity and clarity that have become hallmarks of his work."

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

  • Awarded 1 of 4 top honors, Member's Show, National Academy of Design, NY, NY, NY, United States, 2005
  • Award in Member's exhibition, National Academy of Design, NY. Group Landscape show, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, United States, 2003
  • Those Who Bring Us Honor Award, Greek Orthodox Church, Sacramento, CA, United States, 2001
  • Lenard Kester Award, 174th Annual Exhibition of the Academy of Design, New York, NY, NY, United States, 2001
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, International Bienniale , Florence, Tuscany, Italy, 1999
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA, United States, 1999
  • National CINE Award for art on video, Washington, DC, United States, 1998
  • Certificate of Merit Award, 172nd Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, NY, NY, United States, 1997
  • Master of Drawing Award, American Artists Magazine, Learning from Today's Art Masters, NY, NY, United States, 1996
  • Distinguished Service Award, California State University, Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA, United States, 1994


Selected Collections

  • 84th San Francisco Art Institute Annual Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • The West - 80 Contemporaries, Tucson, AZ, United States
  • A Sense of Place: The Artist and the American Landscape, Gainesville, FL, United States
  • Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, United States
  • Land Space and Light, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA, United States
     


Future Exhibitions

  • Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ, United States, 11/17/2006
  • University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, United States, 2/27/2007
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA, United States, 9/20/2007

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