Barbara Rachko

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Bio: Barbara Rachko is an American contemporary artist and author who divides her time between residences in New York City and Alexandria, VA. She is best known for her pastel-on-sandpaper paintings, her eBook, “From Pilot to Painter,” and her blog, “Barbara Rachko’s Colored Dust.” Barbara has led an extraordinary, inspiring life. She learned to fly at the age of 25 and became a commercial pilot and Boeing-727 flight engineer before joining the Navy. As a Naval officer she spent many years working at the Pentagon and retired as a Commander. On 9/11 her husband, Dr. Bryan C. Jack, was tragically killed on the plane that hit the Pentagon. Barbara uses her large collection of Mexican and Guatemalan folk art – masks, carved wooden animals, papier mâché figures, and toys – to create one-of-a-kind pastel-on-sandpaper paintings that combine reality and fantasy and depict personal narratives. Her paintings are bold, vibrant, and extremely unusual. New York critic Peter Dellolio remarks, “It is undeniable that, like de Chirico, Barbara Rachko has created a unique, original, and very private landscape.” Arts writer Ann Landi writes, “Barbara Rachko’s antecedents are not in the folk art traditions of the cultures she studies and embraces, but rather in the sophisticated strategies of Henry Matisse (who was a master at mixing patterns) and Edgar Degas (who exploited the power of oblique angles and cropped figures).” Barbara exhibits nationally and internationally and has won many awards during her 30+ years as a professional artist. Website http://barbararachko.ART eBook http://bit.ly/barbararachkopilottopainter Blog http://barbararachkoscoloreddust.com Facebook http://facebook.com/barbararachko LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/barbararachko Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Rachko
Education: BA University Of Vermont Art league School, Alexandria, VA International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Events: Selected Awards, Honors, and Accomplishments 2017 “From Pilot to Painter” (eBook) available on iTunes Listed on Artsy with Studio 26 Gallery, New York, NY and Emillions Art, Naples, FL 2016 Represented by Gallerique, Chicago, IL 2015 Website redesigned and translated into Spanish and Portuguese Listed on Artsy with Space 776, Brooklyn, NY Winner, AIR Gallery Studio Visit Lottery, Brooklyn, NY 2014 Published first eBook, “From Pilot to Painter,” on Amazon Interviewed by Brainard Carey for Yale Radio WYBC Wikipedia bio published First listing on Artsy, Tabla Rasa, Brooklyn, NY 2013 Selected for a fellowship to the New York School of Art Independent Study Program 2012 A Grant from the Templar Trust, Liechtenstein for a monograph, published by MUSECPMI, New York, NY 2011 Nominated for the Freedom to Create Prize, Singapore 2010 Grants from The Templar Trust, Liechtenstein, and the Midtown West Arts Association, New York, for a solo exhibition at H P Garcia Gallery, New York, NY 2009 Award Winner, Lenore Sagan Visual Arts Awards, Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, New York, NY Grants from The Templar Trust, Liechtenstein, and the Midtown West Arts Association, New York, NY, for a solo exhibition at H P Garcia Gallery, New York, NY 2007 CAN Fellowship Recipient, Contemporary Art Network, New York, NY; selected by Barbara MacAdam, deputy editor, ARTnews 2000 Chosen for the inaugural class, “Emerge2000,” Aljira, Newark, NJ; selected by Richard Klein, assistant director, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Exibitions: Selected Solo Exhibitions 2011 “Barbara Rachko: The Black Paintings,” Gallery Gray, Minneapolis, MN 2009 “Barbara Rachko: Gods and Monsters,” HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY 2008 “Out of the Black: Pastel Paintings and Photographs,” New Art Center, New York, NY; curated by Barbara MacAdam, deputy editor, ARTnews Art at First, New York, NY 2007 “Gods and Monsters,” Capital One Art Gallery, McLean, VA 2006 Azarian McCullough Art Gallery, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY 2005 Blackstone River Gallery, Woonsocket, RI Artspace, Richmond, VA “Scenes,” Crown Center Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, IL “Domestic Threats,” Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, The Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR 2004 Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA “Domestic Threats,” Louise Jones Brown Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC 2001 Olin Gallery, Roanoke College, Salem, VA 2000 La MaMa La Galleria, New York, NY 1999 “There is No Place Like Home,” Park Avenue Atrium, New York, NY; curated by Leah Poller, director, Art Alliance, New York, NY 1998 Broadway Windows, New York, NY “There is No Place like Home,” Mercedes-Benz Manhattan ArtSpace, NYC; curated by Leah Poller “Through the Window,” Doll-Anstadt Gallery, Burlington, VT 1996 “Monkey Business,” Brewster Arts Ltd., New York, NY (two-person show) 479 Gallery, New York, NY Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD 1995 Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY Howard County Community College, Columbia, MD 1993 Cunneen-Hackett Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA 1992 Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC Selected Group Exhibitions 2018 Art Basel Hong Kong, represented by Studio 26 Gallery, New York, NY 2017 Miami River Art Fair, Miami, FL, represented by Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund, Art Historian Art Below Regent’s Park, London, England Le Dame Gallery, London, England ARTROOMS, Melia White House Hotel, Regent’s Park, London, England 2016 Old Truman Brewery, London, England Art Below and Gallery Orange, New Orleans, LA 2015 Art Busan, Korea, represented by Space 776, Brooklyn, NY Affordable Art fair, Hong Kong; represented by Space 776, Brooklyn, NY James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA Betty Dare Art Gallery, Chicago, IL 2014 Aqua Art Miami, The Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, FL; represented by Space 776, Brooklyn, NY Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood, NJ (three person exhibition) “Age of Innocence,” Studio 5404, Massapequa, NY James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA Betty Dare Art Gallery, Chicago, IL 2013 James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA Betty Dare Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2012 “Art to the Point,” Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; selected by Donald Sultan MUSECPMI, New York, NY James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA Betty Dare Art Gallery, Chicago, IL Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL 2011 “Pandemonium: Inaugural Preview Exhibition,” The New York Center of Photography and the Moving Image, New York, NY James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL “Bazar,” Betty Dare Art Gallery, Chicago, IL 2010 HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY “Artists for Haiti,” Contemporary Art Network, auction in support of Doctors Without Borders for Haitian earthquake relief “Pulp Friction,” James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA “Past Forward,” Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA (four-person show) “Define: Art,” Betty Dare Art Gallery, Chicago, IL Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL 2009 Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation award winners, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, NY Rogue Space, New York, NY Artexpo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY; Artisan Direct, Pittsford,NY Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA 1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA 2008 “Timeless: The Art of Drawing,” Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ CANcer, New Art Center, New York, NY “Modes of Expression,” Deloitte and Touche, New York, NY ReynoldsWolfe, Center 44, New York, NY “Animals in Your Kingdom,” Micro Museum, Brooklyn, NY Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; curated by Carter Foster, curator, department of drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY Artwell Gallery, Torrington, CT Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH Hefton-Page Fine Art, Blue Ridge, GA Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL “Figurative Works by Gallery and Guest Artists,” “Outward Appearances,” and “About Face,” ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA 1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA 2007 "Zen of the Artist," Broome Street Gallery, New York, NY “Red,” Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY; curated by Serge Gregorian, director, Contemporary Artists Network, New York, NY “SCAN,” New Art Center, New York, NY “Clear Blue Tuesday,” movie directed by Elizabeth Lucas; the artist and her work appeared in a gallery opening scene “Free Play,” Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH Hefton-Page Fine Art, Blue Ridge, GA Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL “Masters’ Mystery Art Show,” Ritz Carlton, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL “five x seven,” Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX and “five x seven – on the road: Houston,” Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA 1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA 2006 “Between Body and Object,” Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY; curated by Pam Brown, gallery director “Postcards from the Edge,” Sikkema, Jenkins, New York, NY Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH Hefton-Page Fine Art, Blue Ridge, GA Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL “Masters’ Mystery Art Show,” Ritz Carlton, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL “Big Fun,” “About Face,” ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA 1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA 2005 Room With a View Gallery, Shangai, China “Night of a Thousand Drawings,” Artists Space, New York, NY “Multiple Oneness,” Park-Art Gallery, New York, NY “Au Courant,” A Space Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (three-person show) Gallery Z, Providence, RI Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH Art Struck Gallery, Blue Ridge, GA Longstreth and Goldberg, Naples, FL Margeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NM “House Party - Celebrating 15 Years of Breast Cancer Action,” ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA 1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA Permanent Collection Loan, Main Library, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM 2004 “What an Art Gallery Should Actually Look Like (Large Glass),” Exit Art, New York, NY; curated by Michele Thursz and Anne Ellegood “Night of a Thousand Drawings,” Artists Space, New York, NY “Play Things,” Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY; curated by John Rossis “The Drawing Show,” Old Church Cultural Center School of Art, Demarest, NJ; curated by Mary Murray, gallery director “National Drawing 2004,” The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ “Art of Survival,” Herspace, West Long Branch, NJ; curated by Nanci Hersh, artist “Looking In/Looking Out,” Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT; curated by Ellen Pliskin, artist “Embodiment: Myths in Animal Form,” PostPicasso.com, Richmond, VA; curated by Ursula Ilse-Neuman, curator, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY “Critical Mass,” 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA; curated by Peter Schjeldahl, critic, The New Yorker Artway Gallery, Brampton, Ontario “Masters’ Mystery Art Show,” Ritz Carlton, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL Padulo Longstreth and Goldberg, Naples, FL Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH Margeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NM “Integrate/Disintegrate,” Visual Arts Gallery, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM Permanent Collection Loan, Main Library, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM 1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA 2003 “Fighting Back: An Exhibition in Support of the Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women,” Kyoritsu Women’s College, Tokyo, Japan Phyllis Weil & Company, New York, NY Monique Goldstrom, New York, NY “Suspended Narratives,” Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI; curated by Judith Tolnick, gallery director Boston Corporate Art, Boston, MA “Fetish and Ritual,” Bruce Gallery of Art, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA; curated by William Mathie, gallery director Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH “Little Gems,” Padulo Longstreth and Goldberg, Naples, FL “International Works on Paper,” William Whipple Art Gallery, Southwest State U., Marshall, MN Margeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NM Permanent Collection Loan, Main Library, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA 1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA 2002 Art Alliance, New York, NY “Continuity,” La Mama La Galleria, New York, NY “Chromatic Intrigues,” Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ; curated by Stephen Sennott, director, City With-out Walls, Newark, NJ “The Insomnia Show,” City With-out Walls, Newark, NJ; curated by Lori Field and Elizabeth Seaton, artists Boston Corporate Art, Boston, MA “All Dolled Up,” Suffolk Museum, Suffolk, VA, and Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA; curated by Trudi Van Dyke, director, Ellipse Art Center and Nancy Kinzinger, director, Suffolk Museum, Suffolk, VA “Extraordinary Things: A Study of Contemporary Art Through Material Culture,” University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN; curated by Kaz McCue, gallery director Padulo Longstreth and Goldberg, Naples, FL Margeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NM Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA 2001 Art Alliance, New York, NY Boston Corporate Art, Boston, MA KLFine Arts, Highland Park, IL Doll-Anstadt Gallery, Burlington, VT “Go Figure,” Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA Steve Stein Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA 2000 Brewster Arts Ltd., New York, NY Art Alliance, New York, NY “Emerge2000,” Aljira, Newark, NJ; curated by Richard Klein, assistant director, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT “Extraordinary Things: A Study of Contemporary Art through Material Culture,” University Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT; curated by Kaz McCue, gallery director Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ Doll-Anstadt Gallery, Burlington, VT James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA KL Fine Arts, Highland Park, IL “Latin Influences,” Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA Steve Stein Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA 1999 Brewster Arts Ltd., New York, NY Art Alliance, New York, NY KL Fine Arts, Highland Park, IL 1998 Brewster Arts Ltd., New York, NY Art Alliance, New York, NY “The Biennial at Ben Shahn Galleries: Lines of Direction,” William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ 1997 Brewster Arts Ltd., New York, NY "Realities III," “Realities IV,” Art Alliance, NYC; traveled to Fenton Moore Gallery, Buffalo, NY New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit NJ 1996 Brewster Arts Ltd., New York, NY "Realities: International Contemporary Realism," and "Realities II," Art Alliance, New York, NY New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ 1995 “National Midyear Exhibition,” Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ 1994 Gallery Juno, New York, NY “Irene Leach Memorial Exhibition,” Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA “American Drawing Biennial,” Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA 1993 Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA 1992 “American Drawing Biennial,” Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL 1991 Sumner Museum, Washington, DC Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA

Artworks

"The Champ"

H: 28.5 inch W: 35 inch D: 3 inch
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$ 10000

"Conundrum"

H: 50 inch W: 70 inch D: 4 inch
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$ 45000

"White Star"

H: 50 inch W: 70 inch D: 4 inch

$ 45000
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