Recognized as one of the most prominent California landscape
artists, Gregory Kondos is known for his bold, modernist
landscape paintings, brightly lit canvases, and cobalt
blue skies. He paints large areas of solid color and
flowing streams of color into vivid, diverse terrain.
Kondos has won numerous prizes for his paintings, drawings,
and prints. He has works in many permanent collections
at prestigious museums, including the Yosemite Museum,
where he has been a member of the Artist-in-Residence
Program since 1989. He has also held solo exhibitions
at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. In 1995 Kondos
was voted into the National Academy of Design, which
includes architects, sculptors, and painters.
He later received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees
in art from the California State University at Sacramento.
He became a professor at Sacramento City College, where
he taught for 27 years. With his friend and fellow artist
Wayne Thiebaud, he founded and directed the campus gallery
that now bears his name. Mr. Kondos also founded the
Artists Cooperative Gallery (now the Artists Contemporary
Gallery), one of the earliest showcases for aspiring
artists in Northern California.
Gregory Kondos paints the colors that he perceives in
his environment. In his paintings you might see the
tranquil rivers and vineyards of Northern California,
or the dramatic rock formations of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
You might see the serene beaches of Monterey Bay, the
churches and shores of his beloved ancestral Greece,
or the fields and farmhouses in Midi-Pyrenees, France.
Kondos paints with determined passion and continues
to travel to interpret the lonely, solitary aspects
of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes.