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Ron Kostoff

Ron Kostoff Biography


The scholar Joseph Campbell said something to the effect that one of the functions of the artist is to be the liaison between the “inner” and “outer world”. This philosophy is central to Kostoff’s work. Also a fundamental concern of his work is to objectify the subjective and give pictorial form to his conscious and subconscious experience. Although these works originate from personal expression, experience and observation of the world around him; they also encompass empathetic aspects of the human condition as a whole.

Kostoff’s narratives are stated more covertly than overtly, which in some ways connects his work to the Symbolists. Within the picture plane he carves an expressionistic space around his subject matter, which gives testimony to its inner psychology.

Kostoff would like my images to purport, transcend and possess a strong measure of mystery and wonderment. He believes this gives the work longevity and endurance inviting us back again and again as well as providing a rich and unique visual experience.

Ron Kostooff is constantly seeking different avenues to reshape contemporary realism that up to now has been supported by the past and is being infinitely re-invented for the future. He is hopeful that his work is inclusive to this evolutionary process.

Ron Kostoff Biography

Born: Hartford, OH (June 15)

B.F.A. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

M.F.A. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Selected Exhibitions

Realism/Neo-Realism, Evan Lurie Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

Winter Guests, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Magic Realism – A New Generation, Sangre De Cristo Museum, Pueblo, CO

“Recent Works”, Bruce R. Lewin Gallery, New York, NY

“Recent Works”, Vorpal Gallery, New York, NY


“Magic Realism: A New Generation” Town and Center Mosaic, Sangre De Cristo And Conference Center, Spring Edition

“Fantatical Visions” Kyle MacMillan. The Denver Post

“City Life, supplement to Scottsdale Daily Progress, Feb. 22

“42 Applicantants Beat the Odds in Juried Show”, E.J. Montini, The Arizona Republic, July 10

“Three Gallery Shows Cool Off Summer Art Doldrums”, Mark Barrack, Arizona Business Gazette, July 11

“Is This The Future” Staff, The Arizona Republic, July 13

“Window Rated Mixed Art Bag”, Victoria Beaudin, The Scottsdale Daily Progress,

“Art News”, Staff, The Scottsdale Daily Progress, Dec. 17

“World of Art”, Toledo Blade, May 25