Gregory Kondos

With his elegant compositions and intuitive, vibrant color palette, Sacramento native Gregory Kondos has earned a reputation as one of California’s foremost landscape painters. From his interpretations of the state’s endlessly varied coastline to his visions of Yosemite, where he has often been artist-in-residence, he has created remarkable images of the state’s multifaceted beauty. Born to Greek immigrant parents, Kondos has also painted extensively in his ancestral homeland and throughout Europe, as well as elsewhere in the U.S., particularly in the deserts near Santa Fe. Across his diverse subjects, the constant is a finely tuned sensitivity to the character of the land, and a singular ability to render scenes that reverberate in our imagination.

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Biography

Gregory Kondos has spent decades depicting California’s unique, majestic beauty, from its rolling farmland to its varied coastline, to the forests and peaks of Yosemite, where he has often served as artist-in-residence. He has been drawn as well to the deserts around Santa Fe, and to Europe, especially Greece, the country from which his parents emigrated. Now in his nineties, he is celebrated as one of the world’s foremost landscape painters, known for his light-filled palette and intuitive, organic forms that seem like effortless extensions of nature.

Kondos describes his paintings as possessing a sense of quietude and cleanliness while maintaining a necessary lonely quality: “Less is more…and what is left out makes the picture more understandable.” His distilled images tend to feature a solitary element—a lone boat, a mountain peak, a house standing away from the others—that projects a contemplative sense of being alone in thought. His simple yet lively palette and elegant lines, influenced by artists like Willem de Kooning, Cezanne, and Gauguin, allow us to place ourselves within the space of the painting. Chief curator and associate director at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum, Scott A. Shields, who organized “A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos” at the museum in 2013, remarks: “His paintings simultaneously celebrate the terrain's inherent formal, abstract properties, as well as the beautiful possibilities of the paint itself."

Kondos’ lifelong achievements place him in the great tradition of American landscape painters such as Albert Bierstadt, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keefe. He has won numerous prizes and awards, including a lifetime achievement award from International Bienniale in Florence, Italy, and has been elected to the National Academy of Design in New York. Collections of Kondos’ work are displayed in museums around the world, including the Shanghai Art Museum in China, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The gallery at Sacramento City College, where he taught for nearly thirty years, bears his name, while the Crocker Art Museum recently published a monograph of his work.  

Born
1923 Lynn, MA.

Education
1941 Sacramento Junior College, CA.
1946 Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA.
MA, California State University, Sacramento, CA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 Celebrating 95 Years, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
San Francisco, CA.
2015 Transcendent Landscapes, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
San Francisco, CA.
2013 Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.
2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
4th Annual Small Works Show, Mark Sublette Medicine Man
Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2010 World Expo, Ningbo Museum, Zhejiang, China.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009 Historic Trading Posts of the West, Mark Sublette Medicine
Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2007 Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine
Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
From Mount Olympus to the Olympus Mountains, Mark
Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.
Commissioned for a mural in Sacramento International
Airport, Sacramento, CA.
2006 From Mount Olympus to the Olympus Mountains, Mark
Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.
1969 Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Art Museums
of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
1963 The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA.
1962 E.B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
1958 Artist Cooperative/Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2014 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2011 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009 Bay Area to New York, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY.
1993 Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American
Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY.
1966 The West - 80 Contemporaries, Tucson, AZ.
National Small Paintings Exhibition, Juried by Norman Geske
and Herbert Katzman, University of Omaha, Omaha, NE.
1965 84th San Francisco Art Institute Annual Exhibition, Juried by
John I.A. Bauer, Gerald Nordland and Alan Soloman,
San Francisco, CA.

Awards
2013 April 9th, Gregory Kondos Day Sacramento, Awarded Official
Day of Celebration. Sacramento, CA.
2007 Golden Bear Artist of the Year Award, CA Arts Council,
State of California.
2006 Prize Award, National Academy of Design, New York, NY.
2005 High Honors Award, National Academy of Design,
New York, NY.
2003 Prize Award, National Academy of Design, New York, NY.
2001 Those Who Bring Us Honor Award, Greek Orthodox Church,
Sacramento, CA.
Lenard Kester Award, 174th Annual Exhibition of the
Academy of Design, New York, NY.
1999 Lifetime Achievement Award, International Biennial, Florence,
Tuscany, Italy.
Distinguished Alumni Award, Sacramento City College,
Sacramento, CA.
1998 National CINE Award for art on video, Washington, D.C.
1997 Certificate of Merit Award, 172nd Annual Exhibition, National
Academy of Design, New York, NY.
1996 Master of Drawing Award, American Artists Magazine,
Learning from Today’s Art Masters, New York, NY.
1995 Elected National Academy of Design, New York, NY.
1994 Distinguished Service Award, California State University
Sacramento, CA.
1990 Artist in residence, Yosemite National Park.
1966 Dilard Collection Purchase Prize, Art on Paper Exhibition,
Selected by Thomas B. Hess, Weatherspoon Art Gallery,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hilll, NC.
1963 Awarded for painting Sea Breeze, 4th Winter Invitational,
California Palace of the Legion of Honors, San Francisco, CA.
1962 Awarded for painting Greece, 3rd Winter Invitational,
California Palace of the Legion of Honors, San Francisco, CA.


Selected Museum and Public Collections
Ningbo Museum, Zhejiang, China • Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC • Shanghai Art Museum, China • Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, China • Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA • Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ • Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ • Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA • Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC • Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA • Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA • Monterey Peninsula Art Museum, Belmont, CA • Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA • Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA • Yosemite Museum, Yosemite Valley, CA • Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA • Reives Arches Museum, France • Sacramento Airport, Sacramento, CA • A Sense of Place: The Artist and the American Landscape, Gainesville, FL • Land Space and Light, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

Publications and Press
2015 San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper, July 9th.
2013 A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos, Published
by Crocker Art Museum.
A Touch of Blue, Cowboys & Indians Magazine,
February/March.
Blue, Sactown Magazine, February/March.
2011 American Art Collector Magazine, July.
2010 The Sacramento Bee Newspaper, August 29th.
2009 The Sacramento Bee Newspaper, March 22nd.
2005 Artworks Magazine, Fall.
1999 Southwest Art Magazine, The Solitude of Space, February.
1998 Featured in a PBS Special Documentary, A Passion for the
Land.
1997 Leading the West: One Hundred Contemporary Painters and
Sculptors by Donald J. Hagerty.
1994 Yosemite: And Other California Landscapes, by Gregory
Kondos.
1993 Gregory Kondos: A Retrospective, by Barbara Kennedy
Gibbs.

Press

PRESS

Selected Artworks

Born
1923 Lynn, MA.

Education
1941 Sacramento Junior College, CA.
1946 Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA.
MA, California State University, Sacramento, CA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 Celebrating 95 Years, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
San Francisco, CA.
2015 Transcendent Landscapes, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
San Francisco, CA.
2013 Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.
2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
4th Annual Small Works Show, Mark Sublette Medicine Man
Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2010 World Expo, Ningbo Museum, Zhejiang, China.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009 Historic Trading Posts of the West, Mark Sublette Medicine
Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2007 Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine
Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
From Mount Olympus to the Olympus Mountains, Mark
Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.
Commissioned for a mural in Sacramento International
Airport, Sacramento, CA.
2006 From Mount Olympus to the Olympus Mountains, Mark
Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.
1969 Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Art Museums
of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
1963 The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA.
1962 E.B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
1958 Artist Cooperative/Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2014 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2011 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009 Bay Area to New York, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY.
1993 Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American
Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY.
1966 The West - 80 Contemporaries, Tucson, AZ.
National Small Paintings Exhibition, Juried by Norman Geske
and Herbert Katzman, University of Omaha, Omaha, NE.
1965 84th San Francisco Art Institute Annual Exhibition, Juried by
John I.A. Bauer, Gerald Nordland and Alan Soloman,
San Francisco, CA.

Awards
2013 April 9th, Gregory Kondos Day Sacramento, Awarded Official
Day of Celebration. Sacramento, CA.
2007 Golden Bear Artist of the Year Award, CA Arts Council,
State of California.
2006 Prize Award, National Academy of Design, New York, NY.
2005 High Honors Award, National Academy of Design,
New York, NY.
2003 Prize Award, National Academy of Design, New York, NY.
2001 Those Who Bring Us Honor Award, Greek Orthodox Church,
Sacramento, CA.
Lenard Kester Award, 174th Annual Exhibition of the
Academy of Design, New York, NY.
1999 Lifetime Achievement Award, International Biennial, Florence,
Tuscany, Italy.
Distinguished Alumni Award, Sacramento City College,
Sacramento, CA.
1998 National CINE Award for art on video, Washington, D.C.
1997 Certificate of Merit Award, 172nd Annual Exhibition, National
Academy of Design, New York, NY.
1996 Master of Drawing Award, American Artists Magazine,
Learning from Today’s Art Masters, New York, NY.
1995 Elected National Academy of Design, New York, NY.
1994 Distinguished Service Award, California State University
Sacramento, CA.
1990 Artist in residence, Yosemite National Park.
1966 Dilard Collection Purchase Prize, Art on Paper Exhibition,
Selected by Thomas B. Hess, Weatherspoon Art Gallery,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hilll, NC.
1963 Awarded for painting Sea Breeze, 4th Winter Invitational,
California Palace of the Legion of Honors, San Francisco, CA.
1962 Awarded for painting Greece, 3rd Winter Invitational,
California Palace of the Legion of Honors, San Francisco, CA.


Selected Museum and Public Collections
Ningbo Museum, Zhejiang, China • Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC • Shanghai Art Museum, China • Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, China • Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA • Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ • Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ • Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA • Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC • Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA • Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA • Monterey Peninsula Art Museum, Belmont, CA • Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA • Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA • Yosemite Museum, Yosemite Valley, CA • Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA • Reives Arches Museum, France • Sacramento Airport, Sacramento, CA • A Sense of Place: The Artist and the American Landscape, Gainesville, FL • Land Space and Light, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

Publications and Press
2015 San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper, July 9th.
2013 A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos, Published
by Crocker Art Museum.
A Touch of Blue, Cowboys & Indians Magazine,
February/March.
Blue, Sactown Magazine, February/March.
2011 American Art Collector Magazine, July.
2010 The Sacramento Bee Newspaper, August 29th.
2009 The Sacramento Bee Newspaper, March 22nd.
2005 Artworks Magazine, Fall.
1999 Southwest Art Magazine, The Solitude of Space, February.
1998 Featured in a PBS Special Documentary, A Passion for the
Land.
1997 Leading the West: One Hundred Contemporary Painters and
Sculptors by Donald J. Hagerty.
1994 Yosemite: And Other California Landscapes, by Gregory
Kondos.
1993 Gregory Kondos: A Retrospective, by Barbara Kennedy
Gibbs.

Biography

Gregory Kondos has spent decades depicting California’s unique, majestic beauty, from its rolling farmland to its varied coastline, to the forests and peaks of Yosemite, where he has often served as artist-in-residence. He has been drawn as well to the deserts around Santa Fe, and to Europe, especially Greece, the country from which his parents emigrated. Now in his nineties, he is celebrated as one of the world’s foremost landscape painters, known for his light-filled palette and intuitive, organic forms that seem like effortless extensions of nature.

Kondos describes his paintings as possessing a sense of quietude and cleanliness while maintaining a necessary lonely quality: “Less is more…and what is left out makes the picture more understandable.” His distilled images tend to feature a solitary element—a lone boat, a mountain peak, a house standing away from the others—that projects a contemplative sense of being alone in thought. His simple yet lively palette and elegant lines, influenced by artists like Willem de Kooning, Cezanne, and Gauguin, allow us to place ourselves within the space of the painting. Chief curator and associate director at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum, Scott A. Shields, who organized “A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos” at the museum in 2013, remarks: “His paintings simultaneously celebrate the terrain's inherent formal, abstract properties, as well as the beautiful possibilities of the paint itself."

Kondos’ lifelong achievements place him in the great tradition of American landscape painters such as Albert Bierstadt, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keefe. He has won numerous prizes and awards, including a lifetime achievement award from International Bienniale in Florence, Italy, and has been elected to the National Academy of Design in New York. Collections of Kondos’ work are displayed in museums around the world, including the Shanghai Art Museum in China, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The gallery at Sacramento City College, where he taught for nearly thirty years, bears his name, while the Crocker Art Museum recently published a monograph of his work.