Thomas Nozkowski

30 Nov 2016


Thomas Nozkowski. Photo courtesy of

"A great curator, I think, makes a new kind of history."

Noted abstract painter Thomas Nozkowski is known for his richly colored and intimately scaled paintings. After receiving a BFA from The Cooper Union Art School, he began exhibiting in group shows in 1973 and made his solo debut in 1979. By 1982, the Museum of Modern Art in New York had acquired a painting from an early one-person exhibition for their permanent collection. To date, Nozkowski's paintings have been featured in more than 300 museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide, including over 70 solo shows, at places like the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Ludwig Museum in Germany, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. In 2007, Nozkowski's works were included in Robert Storr's exhibition at the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind—Art in the Present Tense. Among his many honors are four awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

In May 2010, Nozkowski and distinguished curator Robert Storr participated in a live conversation at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage during which they addressed the practice of painting, the making of painting exhibitions, and the relationship between the two.