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BARBARA RACHKO

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Barbara Rachko was born in 1953 in Paterson, New Jersey, and currently resides in New York City. She is a contemporary painter specializing in large pastel-on-sandpaper paintings that depict Bolivian Carnival masks. Rachko has dedicated 38 years to revolutionizing pastel as a fine artmedium, emphasizing its merits through her artworks and her influential blog, “Barbara Rachko’s Colored Dust,” which boasts 140,000 subscribers and growing. She is also the subject of the acclaimed documentary “Barbara Rachko: True Grit,” available on YouTube.

Rachko’s artistic practice centers on exploring the vibrant cultural heritage of Bolivian Carnival masks, alongside Mexican and Guatemalan folk art. Her meticulous attention to detail and deep cultural insight characterizes her work, evident in notable series such as “Bolivianos,” “BlackPaintings,” and “Domestic Threats.” In 2023, Rachko was featured in a documentary that premiered at the Newport Beach Film Fe stival, where it garnered both the Audience Award and Best in Category Award, underscoring her significant contribution to contemporary art. A few years ago, Barbara published an ebook capturing her inspiring story – “From Pilot to Painter”.

Barbara Rachko’s artworks have been showcased in prestigious solo exhibitions at venues including the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR, Louise Jones Brown Gallery at Duke University in Durham, NC, Olin Gallery in Roanoke, VA, La Mama La Galleria in New York, NY, and a two-artist exhibition at Brewster Arts Ltd. in New York, NY. She received formal training in photography at the International Center of Photography in New York, NY, from 2002 to 2007, and pursued drawing and pastel studies part-time at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA, from 1986 to 1992. Rachko’s artworks are held in numerous private collections internationall y, and she has participated in prestigious art fairs worldwide, including Moon Art Fair in Hamburg, Vasteras International Art Fair in Sweden, Art Busan in Korea, Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong, and Art Basel in Miami, FL. Her artistic achievements continue to resonate globally, affirming her position as a pioneering figure in contemporary pastel painting.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 Invitational Exhibition, NYC Phoenix Art, New York, NY (online)
Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA (online)

2011 Barbara Rachko: The Black Paintings, Gallery Gray, Minneapolis, MN, USA

2009 Barbara Rachko: Gods and Monsters, HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2008 Out of the Black: Pastel Paintings and Photographs, New Art Center, New York, NY; curated by Barbara MacAdam, deputy editor, ARTnews Art at First, New York, NY

2007 Gods and Monsters, Capital One Art Gallery, McLean, VA, USA

2006 Azarian McCullough Art Gallery, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, USA

2005 Blackstone River Gallery, Woonsocket, RI, USA
Artspace, Richmond, VA, USA
Scenes, Crown Center Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, USA
Domestic Threats, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, The Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR, USA

2004 Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ, USA
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, USA
Domestic Threats, Louise Jones Brown Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

2001 Olin Gallery, Roanoke College, Salem, VA, USA

2000 La MaMa La Galleria, New York, NY, USA

1999 There is No Place Like Home, Park Avenue Atrium, New York, NY; curated by Leah Poller, director, Art Alliance, New York, NY, USA

1998 Broadway Windows, New York, NY, USA
There is No Place like Home, Mercedes-Benz Manhattan ArtSpace, NYC; curated by Leah Poller
Through the Window, Doll-Anstadt Gallery, Burlington, VT, USA

1996 Monkey Business, Brewster Arts Ltd., New York, NY (two-person show)
479 Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ, USA
School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD, USA

1995 Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY, USA
Howard County Community College, Columbia, MD, USA

1993 Cunneen-Hackett Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, USA

1992 Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC, USA

Selected Exhibitions

2023 Winter Wonderland, bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Moon Art Fair Hamburg, The Westin Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Artists for the Cure: Breast Cancer Awareness Event, 114 West 71st Arts, New York, NY, USA
Mythos, The Gallery Space, Rahway, NJ, USA
2022 The In-Between Space, Riverfront Art Gallery, Yonkers, NY, USA
Stand with Ukraine, One Art Space Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2021 An Imaginal Affair, artamour, New Delhi, India (online)
Vasteras International Art Fair, Galleri SoHo, Vasteras, Sweden
NYC Art Movement, Triangle Loft, New York, NY, USA
2020 Winter Salon Online Exhibition, Galleri SoHo, Västerås, Sweden
Lucid Dreaming, Outlander Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, USA
First International Online Exhibition, Galleri SoHo, Västerås, Sweden
September 2020: Peacock, Sacrosanct Gallery, Naples, FL (online)
23rd Annual Community Art Jam, Hudson Guild, New York, NY (online)
2019 Worlds Unseen & Seen, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Women Celebrating Creativity, National association of Women Artists, New York, NY, USA
2018 Art Without Borders, Madison, NH, USA
Mystical Forces, Salomon Arts, New York, NY, USA
Emillions, Naples, FL, USA
2017 Blk Clok, Art Basel, Reach Brickell City Centre, Miami, FL; represented by Emillions, Naples, FL, USA
Miami River Art Fair, Miami, FL; represented by Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund, Art Historian
Art Below Regent’s Park, London, England
Le Dame Gallery, London, England
ARTROOMS, Melia White House Hotel, Regent’s Park, London, England
2016 Old Truman Brewery, London, England
Art Below and Gallery Orange, New Orleans, LA, USA
2015 Art Busan, Korea, represented by Space 776, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Affordable Art fair, Hong Kong; represented by Space 776, Brooklyn, NY, USA
James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Betty Dare Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2014 Aqua Art Miami, The Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, FL; represented by Space 776, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood, NJ (three-person exhibition)
Age of Innocence, Studio 5404, Massapequa, NY, USA
James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Betty Dare Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2013 James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Betty Dare Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2012 Art to the Point, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; selected by Donald Sultan
MUSECPMI, New York, NY, USA
James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Betty Dare Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL, USA
2011 Pandemonium: Inaugural Preview Exhibition, The New York Center of Photography and the Moving Image, New York, NY, USA
James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL, USA
Bazar, Betty Dare Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2010 HP Garcia Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Artists for Haiti, Contemporary Art Network, auction in support of Doctors Without Borders for Haitian earthquake relief
Pulp Friction, James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Past Forward, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA (four-person show)
Define: Art, Betty Dare Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL, USA
2009 Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation award winners, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, NY, USA
Rogue Space, New York, NY, USA
Artexpo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY; Artisan Direct, Pittsford,NY, USA
Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL, USA
Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH, USA
ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA, USA
1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA, USA
2008 Timeless: The Art of Drawing, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, USA
Cancer, New Art Center, New York, NY, USA
Modes of Expression, Deloitte and Touche, New York, NY, USA
ReynoldsWolfe, Center 44, New York, NY, USA
Animals in Your Kingdom, Micro Museum, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; curated by Carter Foster, curator, department of drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Artwell Gallery, Torrington, CT, USA
Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH, USA
Hefton-Page Fine Art, Blue Ridge, GA, USA
Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL, USA
Figurative Works by Gallery and Guest Artists, Outward Appearances, and About Face, ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA, USA
1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA, USA
2007 Zen of the Artist, Broome Street Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Red, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY; curated by Serge Gregorian, director, Contemporary Artists Network, New York, NY, USA
SCAN, New Art Center, New York, NY
Clear Blue Tuesday, movie directed by Elizabeth Lucas; the artist and her work appeared in a gallery opening scene
Free Play, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, USA
Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH, USA
Hefton-Page Fine Art, Blue Ridge, GA, USA
Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL, USA
Masters’ Mystery Art Show, Ritz Carlton, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL, USA
five x seven, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX and five x seven – on the road: Houston, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX, USA
ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA, USA
1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA, USA
2006 Between Body and Object, Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY; curated by Pam Brown, gallery director
Postcards from the Edge, Sikkema, Jenkins, New York, NY, USA
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, USA
Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH, USA
Hefton-Page Fine Art, Blue Ridge, GA, USA
Longstreth Goldberg, Naples, FL, USA
Masters’ Mystery Art Show, Ritz Carlton, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL, USA
Big Fun, About Face, ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA, USA
1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA, USA
2005 Room With a View Gallery, Shanghai, China
Night of a Thousand Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY, USA
Multiple Oneness, Park-Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Au Courant, A Space Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (three-person show)
Gallery Z, Providence, RI, USA
Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH, USA
Art Struck Gallery, Blue Ridge, GA, USA
Longstreth and Goldberg, Naples, FL, USA
Margeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NM, USA
House Party – Celebrating 15 Years of Breast Cancer Action, ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA, USA
1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA, USA
Permanent Collection Loan, Main Library, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM
2004 What an Art Gallery Should Actually Look Like (Large Glass), Exit Art, New York, NY; curated by Michele Thursz and Anne Ellegood
Night of a Thousand Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY
Play Things, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY; curated by John Rossis
The Drawing Show, Old Church Cultural Center School of Art, Demarest, NJ; curated by
Mary Murray, gallery director
National Drawing 2004, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, USA
Art of Survival, Herspace, West Long Branch, NJ; curated by Nanci Hersh, artist
Looking In/Looking Out, Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT; curated by Ellen Pliskin, artist
Embodiment: Myths in Animal Form, PostPicasso.com, Richmond, VA; curated by Ursula
Ilse-Neuman, curator, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, USA
Critical Mass, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA; curated by Peter Schjeldahl, critic, The New Yorker
Artway Gallery, Brampton, Ontario
Masters’ Mystery Art Show, Ritz Carlton, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL, USA
Padulo Longstreth and Goldberg, Naples, FL, USA
Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH, USA
Margeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NM, USA
Integrate/Disintegrate, Visual Arts Gallery, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Permanent Collection Loan, Main Library, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM, USA
1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA, USA
2003 Fighting Back: An Exhibition in Support of the Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women, Kyoritsu Women’s College, Tokyo, Japan
Phyllis Weil & Company, New York, NY, USA
Monique Goldstrom, New York, NY, USA
Suspended Narratives, Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI; curated by Judith Tolnick, gallery director
Boston Corporate Art, Boston, MA, USA
Fetish and Ritual, Bruce Gallery of Art, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA; curated by William Mathie, gallery director
Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH, USA
Little Gems, Padulo Longstreth and Goldberg, Naples, FL, USA
International Works on Paper, William Whipple Art Gallery, Southwest State U., Marshall, MN, USA
Margeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NM, USA
Permanent Collection Loan, Main Library, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA, USA
1212 Gallery, Burlingame, CA, USA
2002 Art Alliance, New York, NY, USA
Continuity, La Mama La Galleria, New York, NY, USA

Barbara Rachko
Chromatic Intrigues, Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ, USA curated by Stephen Sennott, director, City With-out Walls, Newark, NJ, USA
The Insomnia Show, City With-out Walls, Newark, NJ, USA curated by Lori Field and Elizabeth Seaton, artists
Boston Corporate Art, Boston, MA, USA
All Dolled Up, Suffolk Museum, Suffolk, VA, and Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA; curated by Trudi Van Dyke, director, Ellipse Art Center and Nancy
Kinzinger, director, Suffolk Museum,
Suffolk, VA, USA
Extraordinary Things: A Study of Contemporary Art Through Material Culture, University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN; curated by
Kaz McCue, gallery director
Padulo Longstreth and Goldberg, Naples, FL, USA
Margeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NM, USA
Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA, USA
2001 Art Alliance, New York, NY, USA
Boston Corporate Art, Boston, MA, USA
KLFine Arts, Highland Park, IL, USA
Doll-Anstadt Gallery, Burlington, VT, USA
Go Figure, Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA, USA
Steve Stein Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA
2000 Brewster Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Art Alliance, New York, NY, USA
Emerge2000, Aljira, Newark, NJ; curated by Richard Klein, assistant director, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, USA
Extraordinary Things: A Study of Contemporary Art through Material Culture, University Gallery,
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT; curated by Kaz McCue, gallery director
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ, USA
Doll-Anstadt Gallery, Burlington, VT, USA
James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
KL Fine Arts, Highland Park, IL, USA
Latin Influences, Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA, USA
Steve Stein Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA
1999 Brewster Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Art Alliance, New York, NY, USA
KL Fine Arts, Highland Park, IL, USA
1998 Brewster Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Art Alliance, New York, NY, USA
The Biennial at Ben Shahn Galleries: Lines of Direction, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, USA
New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, USA
1997 Brewster Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Realities III, Realities IV, Art Alliance, NYC; traveled to Fenton Moore Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA
New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit NJ
1996 Brewster Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Realities: International Contemporary Realism, and Realities II, Art Alliance, New York, NY, USA
New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, USA
1995 National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, USA
New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, USA
1994 Gallery Juno, New York, NY, USA
Irene Leach Memorial Exhibition, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, USA
American Drawing Biennial, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA, USA
1993 Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA, USA
1992 American Drawing Biennial, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA, USA
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL, USA
1991 Sumner Museum, Washington, DC, USA
Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA, USA

Accomplishments​

2023 Barbara Rachko: True Grit, a short documentary filmed in Arizona, New Mexico, Virginia, New Jersey, and New York City (World Premier at the 2023 Newport Beach Film Festival, Oct. 14, 2023 – Winner Audience Award and Best in Category Award for Art, Architecture, and Design) (Official Selection - 2023
International Fine Arts Film Festival (Santa Barbara), Honorable Mention; Official Selection and Award Nominee of the 2023 Montreal Women Film Festival) Produced, Directed, Filmed, and Edited by Jennifer Cox, Moto Films LLC
Represented by bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Represented by Apricus Art Collection (US)
Represented by 114W71Arts, New York, NY, USA
Bold Journey Feature Interview
Canvas Rebel/VOYAGE Feature Interview
2022 Created Barbara Rachko: True Grit, a short documentary film
Represented by Art Client Services
Joined International Association of Visual Artists
BarbaraRachkosColoredDustBlog turned 10-years-old and reached 124,000 Subscribers
2021 Exclusive representation in India with Interstellar Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
Collaboration with Galleria Balmain, London, England on new product design
BarbaraRachkosColoredDust blo g reached 79,000 subscribers
2020 Making a documentary on Barbara’s life and work
Exclusive representation in Sweden with Galerie SoHo, Vasteras, Sweden
Exclusive representation in the UK with Galleria Balmain, London, England
Listed on 1stDibs with Emillions, Naples, FL, USA
Interview The Heroine’s Journey of Barbara Rachko (See Bibliography)
Updated Studio slide show at barbararachko.art
BarbaraRachkosColoredDust blog reached 69,000 subscribers
2019 Exclusive Interview with Barbara Rachko by Paula Soito, 18 pages, July 2019 # 44 Art Market (See Bibliography)
2018 Barbara Rachko – USA, Galleria Banditto blog, Montefollonico, SI, Italy.
Interview in Los Tiempos, Cochabamba, Bolivia. (See Bibliography)
Barbara Rachko – From Pentagon to Painter, interview with Elisa Pritzker for ABC latino Magazine. (See Bibliography)
Meet Trailblazer Barbara Rachko, interview with VoyageMIA, Miami, FL, USA
Invitational Exhibition, NYC Phoenix Art, New York, NY, USA
Artist’s Talk with Barnaby Ruhe at Salomon Arts Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Listed on Artsy with Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA, USA
2017 From Pilot to Painter (eBook) available on iTunes
Listed on Artsy with Emillions Art, Naples, FL, USA
2016 Represented by Gallerique, Chicago, IL, USA
2015 Website redesigned and translated into Spanish and Portuguese for the South American audience
Listed on Artsy with Space 776, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Winner, AIR Gallery Studio Visit Lottery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2014 Published first eBook, From Pilot to Painter, on Amazon
Interviewed by Brainard Carey for Yale Radio WYBC
Wikipedia bio published
First listing on Artsy, Tabla Rasa, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2013 Selected for a fellowship to the New York School of Art Independent Study Program
2012 A Grant from the Templar Trust, Liechtenstein for a monograph, published by MUSECPMI, New York, NY, USA
2011 Nominated for the Freedom to Create Prize, Singapore
2010 Grants from The Templar Trust, Liechtenstein, and the Midtown West Arts Association, New York, for a solo exhibition at H P Garcia Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Award Winner, Lenore Sagan Visual Arts Awards, Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, New York, NY, USA
Grants from The Templar Trust, Liechtenstein, and the Midtown West Arts Association, New York, NY, for a solo exhibition at H P Garcia Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2007 CAN Fellowship Recipient, Contemporary Art Network, New York, NY; selected by Barbara MacAdam, deputy editor, ARTnews
2000 Chosen for the inaugural class,Emerge2000, Aljira, Newark, NJ selected by Richard Klein, assistant director,Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, USA

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