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Peter D. Gerakaris Studio

Canaan, NH

"Interdisciplinary artist whose vibrant paintings, public installations, & origami sculptures engage Nature-Culture themes."
American interdisciplinary artist Peter D. Gerakaris was raised a free-range child in New Hampshire, earning a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from Hunter College 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), NYC Department of Education Public Art for Public Schools (Brooklyn, NY), the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program in Libreville, Gabon (Africa), the Schomburg Center (New York, NY), the Waskowmium (Burlington, VT), the Warwick Hotel (Bahamas), and Citibank, in addition to a spectrum of private collections around the globe such as Beth Rudin DeWoody and the William Lim Living Collection (Hong Kong, China).

Additionally, Gerakaris has created many large-scale public commissions awarded by Cornell Tech, The Surrey Hotel, Bergdorf Goodman, and the Warwick Hotel Paradise Island Permanent Collection (Bahamas). The artist also recently completed a permanent, site-specific public art commission through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program — an immersive, hand-painted installation spanning over 116ft at PS101K (Brooklyn, NY).

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 internationally at the Bronx Museum, Wave Hill, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Google NYC, FX Collaborative, 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 W Magazine.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"When I nail the perfect scale for a work, it finally takes on a life of its own. Choosing the right scale can be one of the most elusive parts of the creative process. I’ve learned it’s often a matter of getting the experiential aspects and aspirations of the work harmonized seamlessly with the concept."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"What more could an artist ask for than to evoke the “Wow!” response? In addition to that gestalt effect, I love researching a subject’s history, symbolism, etc, all of which can be embedded as layers for viewers to unpack. Not to mention, those totally unscripted and unintended interpretations from an audience are equally fascinating and valid.

I also feel there’s a strong sense of place in all my work. That could be a site-specific installation that transforms a public place by literally immersing people, or perhaps it’s an intimate painting or origami sculpture that inspires viewers’ imaginations through a sense of mystery and nostalgia."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"When I was moving studios back in 2010, I had just finished several oversized paintings and suddenly found myself without adequate storage space – especially for this 8ft diameter tondo called “Splinternet (La Fantasia)”. The week I was literally contemplating destroying that work to clear up space, I received an inquiry from the US Art in Embassies Program asking to acquire 6 tondos for their permanent collection in Libreville, Gabon including “Splinternet (La Fantasia)” where it now hangs. Every since, I certainly think twice when deciding which works to destroy or keep."
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