Contemporary  Painter – Aleksander Balos
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for original paintings contact ann nathan gallery in chicago

bio 

Balos studied art because of artist Kathy Gaggliardi, he received a full scholarship to Cardinal Stitch University in Milwaukee WI, where he studied painting and drawing with Philosophy Professor Garry Rosine.   After completing his BFA in 1995 Balos relocated to Chicago to enroll in an atelier program at the School of Representational Art whose lineage and methods date back to Jacques-Louis David.  At SORA, Balos studied drawing and painting of the human form with Bruno Surdo and Mike Chelich. Figurative realism and portraiture constituted most of the body of Balos’ work in the ’90s and early 2000s. During that time, Balos returned frequently to Europe to research painting techniques and contents of the old masters’ paintings.   Balos’ work utilizes human figure to portray various ideals and faults of human existence without suggesting solutions. The narrative compositions are intended to be interpreted by the audience, as only then the paintings gain their temporary and subjective meaning.

Since 1997 Balos has been represented by the Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago, where he has held five solo exhibitions. Since 2000 Balos has contributed work to art gallery shows in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Paris, Utrecht and Barcelona; and for art fairs such as The Armory Show in NY, Art Chicago, Palm Beach3, WWK Biennale in Munich, and the Royal Academy’s Summer Show in London.

In 2005 Balos relocated to Northern California and since then his body of work has expanded to include looser painting applications, utilizing abstractions and multi-media techniques and styles to portray ideas and ideals of existence through painting.  Since 2010 Balos teaches painting at ArtRoster – Mount Shasta Atelier.

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education

1995 – Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI
1998 – The School of Representational Art, Chicago, IL

solo exhibitions

2013 – Oil Paintings, Stock in Art Gallery, Mt. Shasta, CA
2011 – New Paintings, Red Door Gallery, Mt.Shasta, CA
2011 – Paintings, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 – Figurative Realism, Utrecht Gallery, Utrecht, Netherlands
2005 – Recent Paintings, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005 – Travaux Recents, Crédit Municipal de Paris, Espace Griffon, Paris, France
2003/04 – New Paintings, Ann Nathan Gallery,Chicago, IL
2001 – Parables, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 – Martyrs & Sinners, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996 – Clara Voce Cogito, Chastain Zollinger Gallery, Chicago, IL

group exhibitions

2016 – The Forgery Show, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
2015 – The Forgery Show, Snow Creek Studios, Mount Shasta, CA
2014 – 5th Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century, John Natsoulas, Davis, CA
2013 – 1748 – 2013 – Retzlaff & Thorndike Galleries, Ashland, OR
2013 – Bark!, John Natsoulas, Davis, CA
2012 – West Coast Biennial, Turtle Bay Museum, Redding, CA
2012 – Bark!, John Natsoulas, Davis, CA
2011 – Black and White, Liberty Art Gallery, Yreka, CA
2011 – Female Creature, Liberty Arts, Yreka, CA
2009 – Genesis, Chalk Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009 – Alumni Exhibition, Northwestern Mutual Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2009 – Self Portrait Project, Liberty Art Gallery, Yreka, CA
2008 – Dreamscape, Loods 6, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2008 – WWK Biennale, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany
2008 – Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
2008 – Palm Beach3, Palm Beach, FL
2007 – The Painters, Lowe Gallery, GA
2007 – Into the Heart of The Southwest, Forbes Galleries New York, NY
2007 – Palm Beach3, Palm Beach, FL
2007 – All Media, Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago.
2006 – Acquisition Exhibition, Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago.
2006 – Figure, Utrecht Gallery, Utrecht, Netherlands
2005 – The Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2005 – Form and Substance, Agora, New york, NY
2005 – Crucifixion, Mito Gallery, Barcelona
2005 – Paintings, Ivy Gallery,Paris
2005 – Palm Beach3, Palm Beach, FL
2004 – Art Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2004 – The Armory Show, New York, N.Y
2003 – Art Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2003 – The Armory Show, New York, N.Y
2002 – Art Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2002 – Young Painters, The Miami University, Oxford, OH
1999 – The Figure Studied: An Examination of the Historical and Contemporary Perspective on the Human Form, Crossman Gallery, University of Wisconsin, WI
1999 – The Chicago Art Scene, Belloc Lowndes Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 – Paintings, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996 – Clara Voce Cogito, Chastain Zollinger Gallery
1995 – Paintings of Figures, August House Studio, Chicago, IL
1995 – Elevations, Layton Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1995 – Paintings, David Barnett Gallery/Rice Building, Milwaukee, WI
1995 – Spring Show, The Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

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