Peter D. Gerakaris

Biography

American interdisciplinary artist Peter D. Gerakaris (b. 1981, New Hampshire) earned a BFA from Cornell University in 2003 and an MFA from Hunter College in 2009 where he received the Tony Smith Prize.

 

Gerakaris’ kaleidoscopic paintings, installations, and origami sculptures engage nature-culture themes and are showcased in various permanent institutional collections including the National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, WY), the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program in Libreville, Gabon (Africa), the Schomburg Center, the Waskowmium, the Warwick Hotel (Bahamas), and Citibank, in addition to a spectrum of private collections such as Patrick McMullan, William Lim, and Beth Rudin DeWoody.

Having received distinctions such as the National Academy of Art’s Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship and the Vermont Studio Center’s Clowes Foundation Full-Fellowship, his artwork has been exhibited around the globe at the Bronx Museum, Wave Hill, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Chinese Contemporary (Beijing), various art fairs such as Scope and the Doors (Seoul), iSolAIR (Cape Verde Islands, West Africa), the National Academy of Fine Arts, and the Mykonos Biennale, while also being featured in publications like Architectural Digest, the Financial Times, and Time Out Beijing.

 

Additionally, Gerakaris has created a variety of large-scale, site-specific commissions awarded by Cornell Tech, The Surrey Hotel, Bergdorf Goodman, and the Warwick Hotel Paradise Island Permanent Collection (Bahamas). He has also been awarded a large-scale public art commission to be permanently installed at PS101 (Brooklyn) in 2018 through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program.

 

EDUCATION

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

 

2015  

Tropicália: An immersive, mixed media, site-specific installation, Commissioned by Cornell Tech & curated by Kendal Henry for Cornell’s RIVAA Gallery site. Roosevelt Island, NY

 

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   

Quattro Stagioni (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

 

2015

Wild, Gallery Nine 5. Curated by Maureen Chung, New York, NY

MOSKOV Artshop: Painting Performance on Live Model & Collaboration w/ MOSKOV, Longhouse Projects Gallery. New York, NY

 

2014

Contemporaries, Ernest Newman Contemporary. Brooklyn, NY

A Family of Artists, Tavern Club Gallery. Boston, MA

Building, Central Booking. 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.

 

2013  

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

 

2012  

Bad for You, Shizaru Gallery. Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody. London, UK

Flash Mob Group Exhibition 1.0, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts. New York, NY

 

2011  

Inaugural Exhibition, Milavec Hakimi Gallery at Cooper Union. New York, NY

Featured Exhibition, Pyeongtaek International Art Festival, Pyeongtaek Hall. South Korea

Funkadelic & Art of the Party, Lancaster Museum of Art. Lancaster, PA

 

2010   

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

 

2009  

Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship Exhibition, National Academy of Fine Art. New York, NY

Another Damned Drawing Show, Daniel Weinberg Gallery. Los Angeles, CA

 

2008  

Inaugural Group Exhibition, Heather James Gallery, Curated by Chip Tom. Palm Desert, CA

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

 

2007   

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

 

2006  

Melange, Gavlak Projects. West Palm Beach, FL

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

 

2005

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

 

2004

Group Salon, Match Artspace. New York, NY

 

2003

Shadows, Rags & Rope: 3-Person Exhibition, Broadway Gallery. New York, NY

 

AWARDS, GRANTS & RESIDENCIES

 

2015

Cornell Tech Artist Grant for ‘Tropicália’ Commission, Roosevelt Island, NY

 

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
 

 

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