Born 1986 in Haverstraw, NY
Lives and works in Queens, NY
Greg Burak's work explores the possibility of the uncanny, contrasting the temporal and the mysterious through modes of representational and figurative painting. His paintings are a foray into the paranormal as he captures the faltering moment at the threshold between the everyday and the supernatural. "Something lurks in the mundane and Greg Burak tiptoes around it. He clarifies nothing, yet illuminates plenty- like shining a flashlight on an amalgam of innocuous matter. This allows the viewer an encounter with dubious freefall. One is hard pressed to identify the narratives contained within these frames. What are these moments verging on? What are they tending toward? There are moot tensions that leave the viewer at a loss for resolution." (Reilly Davidson)
His first solo exhibition Visitations at Fortnight Institute in 2018, received press from Art in America and The Brooklyn Rail. His work has been included in group exhibitions both nationally and internationally in recent years. His second solo exhibition, Associates, (2022) at Fortnight Institute is about fate and the uncertainty of situations.
Greg Burak (b. 1986, Haverstraw, NY)
Lives and works in Queens, NY
2015: Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
2007: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art - Baltimore, MD
2005: Associates Degree in Fine Arts, Delaware College of Art & Design, Wilmington, DE
2024: Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
2022: Associates, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
2018: Visitations, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2023: Interest in Humanity: Portraits with and without Figures, Fou Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2022: Inside Out, scroll.nyc, New York, NY
2022: Small Paintings, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY
2021: Nine Lives, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
2021: The Loney Ones, curated by Katelyn Eichwald, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
2021: Hunters in the Snow, curated by Fortnight Institute at 303 Gallery, New York, NY
2019: Paraíso Perdido, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, NY
2019: I ♥ Paint 3, Patel Gallery, Toronto, Canada (Curator Kim Dorland)
2017: Inside/Outside, Greg Burak & Graham Preston, Gitler & _____, New York, NY
2016: MFA National Competition, First Street Gallery, New York, NY
2016: Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015: Misconnections, The Painting Center, New York, NY
2015: Disjointed Realities, Blueline Gallery, Bloomington, IN
2014: Inside and Out, The Painting Center, New York, NY
2014: Magnitude 7, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2014: Great Lakes Small Works, RAC Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI
2014: MFA Group Show, Grunwald Gallery, Bloomington, IN
Art in America Magazine, November 2018, Review by Eric Sutphin | Link
The Brooklyn Rail, ArtSeen, October 2018, Review by Hadley Suter | Link
Office Magazine, September 18, John Martin Tilley | Link
It’s Nice That, August 7, Rebecca Fulleylove | Link
Young Space Grant, January 17, Kate Mothes | Link
2016: Art Students League Residency at Vytlacil, Sparkill, NY
2016: Ruth Katzman Scholarship, Art Students League Residency at Vytlacil
2014 - 2015: Tuition fee remission and stipend, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Bloomington, IN.
2015: Associate Instructor, Drawing S200, Florence Overseas Program, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
2014 – 2015: Associate Instructor, Drawing F100, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
2014: Associate Instructor, Drawing S200, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
THIS SUMMER, NEW YORK ART IS MAGIC, MYSTIC AND UNCANNYAnnie Armstrong, Cultured, August 12, 2021
Nine LivesJohanna Fateman, The New Yorker, August 9, 2021
Greg BurakEric Sutphin, Art In America, November 1, 2018
Greg Burak: VisitationsHadley Suter, The Brooklyn Rail, October 11, 2018
VisitationsJohn Martin Tilley, Office, September 18, 2018
Greg BurakAssociates 13 Jan - 20 Feb 2022Something lurks in the mundane and Greg Burak tiptoes around it. He clarifies nothing, yet illuminates plenty- like shining a flashlight on an amalgam of innocuous matter. This allows the...
Nine Lives22 Jul - 21 Aug 2021Nine Lives is a group exhibition that looks to examine the perennial motif of cats within art. Across generations and cultures, felines have been used as a vehicle for symbolism,...
The Lonely OnesCurated by Katelyn Eichwald 15 Feb - 30 Mar 2021The lonely ones, the broken-hearted, the estranged, the ones whose mothers loved them wrong, the ones whose fathers loved them weak, the ones whose sisters and brothers died young, whose...
Hunters in the SnowCurated by Fortnight Institute at 303 Gallery, NYC 6 Feb - 7 Mar 2021Pieter Bruegel’s Series of the Month depicts January as a solemn time, one in which the struggle for survival is most acute. The month is captured in his painting, Hunters...
GREG BURAKVisitations 18 Sep - 14 Oct 2018Visitations, Greg Burak's first solo exhibition in New York. Looking at Greg Burak's paintings makes the act of seeing feel secretive or forbidden. The paintings invite the viewer to peer...
Armstrong, Annie. “This Summer, New York Art is Magic, Mystic and Uncanny.” Cultured. August 12, 2021. Online.
Fateman, Johanna. “Nine Lives.” The New Yorker. August 9, 2021. Online.
Sutphin, Eric. “Greg Burak.” Art in America Magazine. November 1, 2018. Online.
Suter, Hadley. “Greg Burak: Visitations.” The Brooklyn Rail: ArtSeen. October 2018. Online.
Tilley, John Martin. “Greg Burak.” Office Magazine. September 18, 2018. Online.
Mothes, Kate. “Greg Burak.” Young Space Grant. January 17, 2017. Online.