A risk taker in the Abstract Expressionist tradition, Gary Komarin was born in New
York City, the son of a Czech architect and a Viennese writer.
Komarin’s stalwart images have an epic quality that grips the viewer with the idea
that he or she is looking at a contemporary description of something timeless. For
painter Gary Komarin, abstraction has never been a formal dead end. Rather, it has
allowed him to challenge the limitations of the style to make painting ‘include more’
precisely because a recognizeable image excludes too much. Komarin has exhibited
extensively throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. In
2008 he had a solo Museum exhibition at the Musée Kiyoharu Shirakaba in Japan. The
exhibition and catalogue, Moon Flows Like a Willow, was orchestrated by the Yoshii
Foundation in Tokyo with galleries in New York, Tokyo and Paris.
In 1996 Komarin’s work was included in a pivotal exhibition at 41 Greene Street,
New York, where his work was shown with the paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Philip
Guston and Bill Traylor.
Gary Komarin has been honored with the Joan Mitchell Prize in Painting, The New York
Foundation for the Arts Grant in Painting, the Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship
in Painting, the Elizabeth Foundation New York Prize in Painting and the Benjamin
Altman Prize in Painting from The National Academy of Design Museum, New York. Articles
and essays about Komarin’s work have been published in The New York Times, Art in
America, and Arts Magazine among others.
His work may be found in many noted public collections including The Museum of Fine
Arts, Houston; The Yoshii Foundation, Tokyo; The Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey;
Boston University Museum of Fine Arts; The Microsoft Corporation, Galerie Proarta,
Zurich; Blount International, Atlanta; The United Bank of Houston, The Hyatt Corporation
and American Airlines. Private collections include John McEnroe, New York; Candace
Bushnell, New York; The N. Horiuchi Collection, Tokyo; Maxwell Davidson, New York;
The Gisep Biert Collection, Zurich; The Abrussezze Collection, New York; The Broadbent
Collection, London; The Ron Gremillion Collection, Houston; Mason Klein, The Jewish
Museum, New York; Kathryn McCarver Root, New York; Tim Jeffries, London; Robert Lamb,
Chicago; Toby Clarke, London; Meredith Long, Houston; David Alan Greer, Los Angeles;
Jeffrey Hoffeld, New York; Luke Honey, London; Marian Boesky, New York; Tim Culbert,
New York; Wendy Olsoff, New York; The Gonzalo Alvar Collection, Madrid; Ruth O’Hara,
New York; Garner Tullis, New York; Karen Kelley, New York; Visko Hatfield, Connecticut,
Florence de Dampinerre, Connecticut, Harry and Randy Moses, Connecticut, and John
and Ellen Steitler, Connecticut.
Komarin lives and works in a house and studio in the wooded hills of Roxbury, Connecticut.
He is currently preparing for exhibitions in Tokyo, Paris, New York, Zurich, Dubai