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  • BIOGRAPHY - Ken Salaz (b. 1970)

    Ken Salaz was born in 1970 in southern California and spent his youth living in numerous locations with his family including Mexico, the Southwest United States and the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky and West Virginia.  His ancestral heritage is a rich blend of Native American and Irish.  As a child and teenage, he constantly drew the changing landscapes and people during his travels with his family.  After graduating from Cooper Union, Mr Salaz spent several years traveling the world, through Asia, Central and South America, and Europe painting landscapes and making copies of Masterworks at numerous Museums.  He continued his education with Leonid Gervitz of the Repin Academy and Nelson Shanks. He trained three years at The Water Street Studio of  Jacob Collins and spent two summers with him at the Hudson River Fellowship in the Catskill Mountains. He is currently a Senior Fellow and instructor at the Fellowship.  His mastery of technique shows a diverse flexibility of expression, allowing him to capture a wide range of light effects.  In addition, his solid background in traditional techniques used by the “Old Masters” also allows him the groundwork to create works that have a unique poetic expression.   His work is held in numerous prominent collections across the United States.  His work and processes have been featured numerous times in notable Magazines and Publications such as “Fine Art Connoisseur” and “Plein Air”. Mr. Salaz is seen by many as a new and unique voice emerging from the tonalist tradition, such as George Inness, and breaking into new ground with his own modern voice of Poetic Realism.

    In addition to being a masterful Artist, Mr. Salaz is a highly accomplished Magician, Mentalist, and Pick-Pocket, entertaining such celebrities as Bruce Springstein and Jimmy Fallon.  He currently lives with his wife and son in the beautiful Hudson River Valley.


    Artist Statement

     

    “The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all beauty came from."                      

                                                     -C.S. Lewis


    The pursuit of classical painting has been a passion all my life.  It is a great challenge, a beautiful pursuit and a rewarding gift to myself and those around me.  No serious pursuit of the craft and artistry of painting can leave a person indifferent to the mysteries and wonderment of the world around us and within us.  In an age where the ideas of having a Noble Pursuit are almost vanishing, I feel it is imperative to the world today and humanity that the creation of Artwork that strives towards Harmony, Truth, and Beauty be brought into existence without apology. To obtain this, I approach each canvass with the Heart of a Poet, the Mind of a Philosopher, the hands of a Surgeon and the Vision of an Eagle.  The paintings are created to evoke in the viewer the questions of who we are, why we are here, and how we can live for the betterment of humanity.  In order to create landscapes that aren’t simply copies of nature, but rather the Poetic Expressions of fleeting moments, I have delved deeply into the studies of  Philosophy, Religion, Optics, Anatomy, Color and the Great Poets such as Homer and Rumi.  I deeply believe it is the function of Masterful Artwork to be a vehicle that elevates the viewer and all of humanity to a state of transcendent certainty that beauty is eternal and ever-present.  These paintings are a mirror reflection of our joys, sorrows and triumphs as human beings, and they strive to evoke the finest in the viewer.  I hope these works are as feeding to your Mind, Heart and Soul as they have been to mine during my participation in their creation.  May they inspire you to seek your own Noble Pursuit.

     

    Sincerely,

                   

    Ken Salaz




    Exhibitions


    2014 - The American Landscape Juried Show: Beverly Street Studio, Staunton, VA, Juror - Steve Doherty

    2014 - ARC International Salon - Three landscape paintings were selected as Finalists.

    2014 - Honorary Prize of Excellence  - Ridgewood Art Institute,  Juried Show

    2014 - The American Landscape:  A Juried Exhibition.  Juror - Steve Dougherty, “Plein Air” Magazine

    2013 - Grand Prize - Cranford  NJ  Plein Air Competition, Juror: Peter Trippi of  “Fine Art Connoisseur” Magazine

    2013 - Honorable Mention - Salon International Greenhouse Gallery, TX, Juror: Daniel E. Greene

    2013 - ARC Salon, Landscape Painting Finalist

    2013 - Gruber Gallery, New Paltz, NY - Selected American Landscape Exhibition

    2013 - Limner Gallery, Hudson NY Juried Show.

    2013 - San Diego Art Institute International Juried Exhibition

    2013 - Lynchburg Academy of Art, Juried Show, VA

    2013 - Honorary Prize of Excellence - Ridgewood Art Institute,  Juried Show

    2013 - Connecticut Academy Juried Exhibition

    2013 - Boonton NJ Plein Air Exhibition

    2012 - Sagamore Hill Plein Air Exhibition


    Publications

    2014 - Cover of Plein Air Magazine - Featured Artist - Interview on Artwork and Painting methods.

    2013 - Fine Art Connoisseur - Artwork displayed as recognition as Finalist in Arc Salon International Competition.

    2013 - Fine Art Connoisseur - Artwork displayed and recognition for Grand Prize at Cranford Plein Air Competition.

    2011 - Plein Air Magazine, - Interview with Ken Salaz , Jacob Collins,  and Edward Minoff


    Memberships

    Oil Painters of America

    California Art Club - Out of State Member

    Laguna Plein Air Painters Association


    Teaching , Fellowships, Grants and  Invitationals

    2014 - Instructor at Grand Central Academy’s  Husdon River Fellowship

    2013 - Cranford Plein Air Invitational

    2012 - Sagamore Hill Plein Air Invitational

    2011 - Dana Gallery Plein Air Invitational

    2010 - Hudson River Fellowship - With Jacob Collins, Edward Minoff and Travis Schlatt

    2009 - Hudson River Fellowship - With Jacob Collins, Edward Minoff and Travis Schlatt

    2008 - Marchutz Scholarship - Aix En Provence, France.


    Education

    2008 - 2011 Grand Central Academy

    2010 - Robert Moore Plein Air workshop.

    2006 - 2008 - Art Students League Instructor - Nelson Shanks

    2004 - 2006 - Leonid Gervitz of the Repin Academy - Private Instruction

    1989 - 1992 - Cooper Union

    1988 - 1989 - Carnegie Mellon

    SOLD

    Ken Salaz - (b. 1970)

    Montana Sunburst - Glacier National Park

    Oil on canvas-panel

    9 x 11 inches

    Signed

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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Rainbow in the Desert - Catalina Mountains near Tucson
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    Oil on canvas-panel
    10 x 12 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Catskill Sunset - 9.2.16
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    Oil on panel
    8 x 12 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Florida Sunrise, Nov. 2016
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    Oil on panel
    11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Silent Witness - Glacier National Park
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    Oil on canvas
    20 x 24 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Catalina Sunset, Tuscon AZ
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    Oil on canvas-panel
    14 x 11 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Alone with you and my Thoughts, Looking North, Near Breakneck Ridge, Cold Spring, NY
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    Oil on canvas-panel
    12 x 16 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Sunset over Delaware, Barryville NY
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Sunset over Hudson with Olana and Rip Van Winkle Bridge
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    Oil on canvas
    16 x 20 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    The Day I Met You - View: Sunset over Nyack from Tarrytown
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    Oil on canvas
    10 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    9.1.16 - Palm Beach
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    10 x 16 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    9.8.16 - Sunset over Hudson
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    Oil on panel
    8 x 12 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Sunrise Beach Walk - 1.20.17
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    Oil on panel
    12 x 16 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Manzanita Oregon
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    Oil on panel
    9 x 14 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Sunset over Hudson Valley From Wings Castle Vineyards Below
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    Oil on panel
    11 7/8 x 18 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Sunset over Palisades, 6.23.16
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    Oil on canvas on board
    7 x 11 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Florida Sunset, January 2016
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    Oil on panel
    6 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Clear Morning Passage, Near Ninepipes, Montana 2016
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    Oil on canvas
    30 x 40 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Storm in Monterey Coast
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    Oil on panel
    11 x 14 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Sunset in the French Riviera with Moon
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    Oil on panel
    12 x 20inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Amber Waves, Sunset
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    Oil on panel
    6 x 9 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Annunciation - Spring Sunrise
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    Oil on canvas
    32 x 48 inches
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    Ken Salaz
    (b. 1970)
    Sunset Looking East - Hampton NY
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    Oil on canvas-panel
    8 x 10 inches
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