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Peter Burega

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Birthplace
Montreal, Canada

Birth year
1965

Lives in
Santa Fe

Works in
Santa Fe

Representing galleries

Tags
abstract, landscape

Statement

PETER BUREGA

BORN 1965, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Peter Burega’s paintings relate an organic density through descriptions of energy abstracted. His own cosmology is presented in work that bears witness to intriguingly balanced dualities: organic/linear and structured/amorphous. Much like the work of British landscape painter J.M.W.Turner, landscape and nature serve as potent points of departure for Burega’s work; both render environmental and emotional turbulence through mark and color. It is often the spaces where man meets the natural environment that captivate Burega, who actively photographs natural forms, such as water, bubbles, and waves and dilapidating man-made structures, like bridges, to work from when in the studio. The final imagery is a mingling of this documentation and Burega’s own physically exercised psychology. As a result, his working process at times mirrors the man/nature relationship—he describes it “…as a give and take [and] increasingly confrontational.”

To support his current working habits, Burega prefers working on wood panels of laminate birch and solid ash sides. These strong, stable panels record and endure Burega’s aggressive and subtractive manner of applying and removing layers of oil paint with trowels, palette knives, and electric sanders. The physical and psychological merge and do battle in his paint application, which he notes as being “…visceral […] intuitive and reactive.”

Burega’s earth-tone palette of grass greens, ocean blues, and fiery yellow-oranges allows each painting to evoke the natural elements. Change and movement, the hallmarks of life, dominate the work by the appearance of engaged, layered mark making that at times mimic scarring. The power in the work derives from this sublime tone—the paintings appear as lovely storms that entice us and perhaps also make us vulnerable.

Indeed subtraction is at the core of Burega’s physical process and perhaps also his interest in and concern for natural systems. These complex, captivating, and finely crafted paintings thrust us into a rich, expressive space, wherein we are both everywhere and nowhere at once.

Burega’s work is held in several private corporate collections, including Pepsi and Goldman Sachs and has been featured at prominent art fairs, including Palm Beach Art Fair and Art Basel in Florida. Burega is self-taught; he actively exhibits in California, Florida, New Mexico, Georgia, and New York. Peter Burega was born1965 in Montreal, Canada and currently lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.

EDUCATION

1984 Piano Performance, Royal Conservatory’ Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1987 BA – McGill University; Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1991 Juris Doctorate, Whittier College; Los Angeles, California
1990 Comparative Law, University of Florence; Florence, Italy

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Coda Gallery; Palm Desert, California, March, 2010
Bennett Street Gallery; Atlanta, Georgia, February, 2010
Meyer East Fine Art; Santa Fe, New Mexico, August, 2009
Bennett Street Gallery; Atlanta, Georgia, February, 2009
Meyer East Fine Art; Santa Fe, New Mexico, October, 2008
Coda Gallery; New York, New York, April, 2008
Coda Gallery; Palm Desert, California, February, 2008
Bennett Street Gallery; Atlanta, Georgia, November 2007
Gallery 225; Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 2007
Coda Gallery; New York, New York, April 2007
Mulry Fine Art; Palm Beach Florida, February 2007
Art Basel; Miami, Florida, January 2007
Palm Beach 3; Palm Beach, Florida, January 2007
Ventana Fine Art; Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 2006
Coda Gallery; New York, New York, May 2006
Coda Gallery; Palm Desert, California, March 2006
Palm Beach Art Fair; Palm Beach, Florida, January 2006
Mulry Fine Art; Palm Beach, Florida, November 2005
Ventana Fine Art; Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 2006
Long Beach Museum of Art; Long Beach, California, May 2005
Coda Gallery; New York, New York, May 2005
Ventana Fine Art; Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 2005
Coda Gallery; Palm Desert, California, March 2005
Ventana Fine Art; Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 2004
Coda Gallery; New York, New York, April 2004
Coda Gallery; Palm Desert, February 2004
Waxlander Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 2003
Venice Art Walk; Los Angeles, California, May 2003
Long Beach Museum of Art; Long Beach, California, April 2003
Coda Gallery; New York, New York, April 2003
Coda Gallery; Park City, Utah, February 2003
Coda Gallery; Palm Desert, California, December 2002
Waxlander Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2002
Venice Art Walk; Los Angeles, California, May 2002
Coda Gallery; New York, New York, April 2002
Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art; Boca Raton, Florida, January 2002
Coda Gallery; Palm Desert, California, December 2001
Ruth Bachofner Gallery; Los Angeles, California, December 2001
Long Beach Museum of Art; Long Beach, California, May 2001
Venice Art Walk; Los Angeles, California, May 2001

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

“Bright Waters Series” Santa Fean, August/September 2009
Albuquerque Journal, Friday August 7th, 2009
“Pictures of His Floating World” Devon Jackson, Focus Santa Fe, August 2008
“Process Makes Perfect” Art + Culture, Winter/Spring 2006
“Into the Void” - Southwest Art, October, 2005
Palm Desert Magazine, Spring 2005
“Emotive Landscapes” Art Talk, November/December 2004

COLLECTIONS

Goldman Sachs – London, England
Grisanti, Brown, LLC – New York, New York
Bank of Georgia – Atlanta, Georgia
Reinsure – New York, New York
PepsiCo – Dallas, Texas
Pizza Hut Corp. – Los Angeles, California
Bank of New York – Hong Kong, China
Stafford, Frey, & Cooper, LLP – Seattle, Washington

Recent Exhibits

Peter Burega participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2014 Three Painters Paint
Hunter Kirkland Contemporary
 
Oct, 2013 Bright Waters Two
Hunter Kirkland Contemporary
 
Apr, 2013 Three Painters Paint
Hunter Kirkland Contemporary
 
Oct, 2012 THE NEW MEXICO SERIES
Hunter Kirkland Contemporary
 
Apr, 2012 Three Santa Fean Painters Paint
Hunter Kirkland Contemporary
 
Nov, 2011 Annual Show of New Work
Hunter Kirkland Contemporary
 
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Hunter Kirkland Contemporary Selby Fleetwood Gallery
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