Reception: 1/10/2015, 6:00 -8:30 pm

Gregory Kondos at Shimo Center for the Arts January 2015

Known for his beautiful renditions of sweeping landscapes, renowned Californian artist Gregory Kondos has painted many views such as the islands of Greece, the French countryside, and the diverse terrain of California. Raised in Sacramento by Greek immigrant parents, Kondos received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in art from California State University, Sacramento. Highly collected and widely shown, his works have been featured at the Yosemite Museum, Sacramento International Airport, and the Reives Arches Museum, France, to name a few. For this current show, Kondos took a weeklong trip to the beautiful Yosemite Valley with friend and fellow artist Shimo this past September. In his characteristic style, Kondos has captured the beauty of Yosemite in eloquent yet simple charcoal drawings. On drawing, Kondos has stated, “Drawing is the skeleton under the flesh of a painting. It is where art begins. Drawing helps me to understand the landscape better…”