Gregory Kondos (1923 - )

Biography

Recognized as one of the world’s most prominent California landscape artists, Gregory Kondos has won numerous prizes and has works in permanent collections of many museums, including the Yosemite Museum, where he has been a member of the Artist-in-Residence Program since 1989. Among his solo exhibitions is a recent retrospective at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.  His paintings, drawings and prints have been described by Art Harlow, Director of the Hearst Art Gallery at St. Mary’s College, as “a visual feast for those who love landscape art and the unique beauty of California’s diverse terrain.”

Raised in Sacramento by Greek immigrant parents, Kanela and Steve Kondos, Mr. Kondos studied at Sacramento City College and later received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Art at the California State University at Sacramento. He taught at Sacramento City College for 27 years and was the founder and director of the campus gallery. With fellow artist and friend, Wayne Thiebaud, Mr. Kondos founded the Artists Cooperative Gallery (now the Artists Contemporary Gallery), one of the earliest showcases for aspiring artists in northern California. Mr. Kondos was recently elected to the National Academy of Design and was featured in the Fall of 1998 in a PBS Special Program documentary, “A Passion for the Land.”

According to Victoria Dalkey, art correspondent for the Sacramento Bee, ” …it was a trip to Greece, his ancestral home, in 1963, that changed the course of his work.” “His protracted observation of  the Greek landscape, sitting alone and watching the sun glint off the ruins of Sounion, waiting for changes in the color, profoundly affected his painting. Coming home with suitcases full of drawings, he began to paint what he had seen with the simplicity and clarity that have become hallmarks of his work.”

Gregory Kondos’ lifelong achievements place him in the great tradition of American landscape painters such as Albert Bierstadt, Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keefe. He has won numerous prizes and awards including the Winter Invitationals at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, a lifetime achievement award from International Bienniale in

Florence, Italy, and in 1998 was featured in a PBS documentary called “A Passion for the Land. Collections of Kondos’ work are displayed in museums around the world including the Ningbo Museum in Ningbo China, Phoenix Art Museum, Yosemite Museum, and the Reives Arches Museum in France. Kondos was also recently elected to the National Academy of Design in New York.

Gregory Kondos, Half Dome, Yosemite, 1982

Gregory Kondos
Half Dome, Yosemite, 1982
Hand pulled monoprint
Image size: 15.75 X 15.5
Frame size: 36 X 27
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Gregory Kondos, Greek Island, Samos, 1982

Gregory Kondos
Greek Island, Samos, 1982
Hand pulled monoprint
Image size: 15.75 X 15.5
Frame size: 36 X 27
$5500 Now $1500

Gregory Kondos, Village Church, Greece, 1969

Gregory Kondos
Village Church, Greece, 1969
Graphite on paper
Image size: 7.5 X 9.75
Framed size: 14 X 16
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Gregory Kondos, Desert Heat, 1982

Gregory Kondos
Desert Heat, 1982
Publisher’s proof 2/5
Lithograph
Image size: 15.25 X 29.25
Framed size: 36.5 X 46.25
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Gregory Kondos, Byzantine Church, 1982

Gregory Kondos
Byzantine Church, 1982
2/5 Publisher’s proof
Lithograph
Image size: 40.75 X 29.75
Framed size: 47 X 36.5
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Gregory Kondos, Cathedral Hill, 1992

Gregory Kondos
Cathedral Hill, 1992
Printer’s proof 3/6
Lithograph
Image size: 21.5 X 26.5
Framed size: 31.25 X 37.5
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Gregory Kondos, The Beach, 1981

Gregory Kondos
The Beach, 1981
Pastel on paper
Image size: 5.25 X 17
Framed size: 12.75 X 24
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Gregory Kondos, Hillside Vineyard, 1993

Gregory Kondos
Hillside Vineyard, 1993
Oil on canvas
Image size: 31 X 37
Framed size: 32 X 38
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Gregory Kondos, Pedernal, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1998

Gregory Kondos
Pedernal, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1998
Oil on canvas
Image size: 31 X 40
Framed size: 32 X 41
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Gregory Kondos, Sacramento, California By The Summit, c. 1964

Gregory Kondos
Sacramento, California By The Summit, c. 1964
Oil on canvas
Image size: 16 X 20
Framed size: 21.5 X 25.25
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Gregory Kondos, Bay Rocks, 1968

Gregory Kondos
Bay Rocks, 1968
Pastel
Image size: 5.75 X 7.25
Framed size: 15.5 X 16.75
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Gregory Kondos, Seattle, WA, 2006

Gregory Kondos
Seattle, WA, 2006
Pastel
Image size: 5 X 4.5
Framed size: 11.5 X 14.75
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Gregory Kondos Sea Rock 1987

Gregory Kondos
Sea Rock, 1987
Lithograph
Image size: 23.25 X 15.25
Framed size: 30 X 30.75
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Gregory Kondos River Ranch, 1985

Gregory Kondos
River Ranch 47/100, 1985
Lithograph
Image size: 21 X 23
Framed size: 33 X 34
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Gregory Kondos Untitled River Scene

Gregory Kondos
Untitled River Scene, 1981
Oil on canvas
30 X 48
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