Bio

James KoskinasJames Koskinas is a painter, writer, actor and  co-creator of the film, “The Twilight Angel,” as well as a play, “Even if The Mountains Burn.”  He attended the College of Arts and Crafts, in Oakland, California and has more recently studied with artists with Bob Winston, Robert Burridge, and Dean Howell.

Currently James lives works, paints and writes in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife, Julie Schumer, also a painter.

The figure is James’ primary theme, part of his quest to know the human condition.  He attempts to paint as automatically as possible which is intended to bring forth elements of his unconscious. He adds layers of paint until the original painting has been covered over many times, working at a rapid pace.  He usually has more than one painting going at the same time.  Influenced by Native American mythology, Koskinas sees the role of the artist as akin to that of a shaman, trusting his instincts and freeing the figure from the customary restraints that painting imposes.

A chance meeting with a lost stallion on a Arizona highway set in motion Koskinas’s lifetime obsession with painting horses.  Lately he has added a rider to his horses.  The riders have become self-portraits and a search for unity between the horse and man.

Resume

BORN:  Terre Haute, Indiana

EDUCATION: Attended California College of Arts and Crafts [art studies], University of California, Irvine [creative writing studies], Lesley College [art therapy studies]

Further art and design studies with California artists Robert Burridge and Bob Winston and New Mexico artist Dean Howell.

 

WRITING AND PERFORMANCE PROJECTS 

2008-9  Studied with Tanya Taylor Rubinstein of Project Life Stories

2009  Wrote and performed one man play in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, Even if the Mountains Burn

2011   October, performance piece titled Mal Suerte, Buen Suerte  at Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe

Wrote, starred in  “The Twilight Angel,” a feature length award wining film released in 2014.

 

SHOWS

2003   February, Solo show, Koskinas Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2003   October, Group Show, El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2004   April, Solo Show, James Hart Exhibition Space, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2004   November, Two person show, SKF Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2005   January to March, Group show, Farrell-Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, New     Mexico

2005   March, Emerging Artists show, Scottsdale, Arizona

2005   April, Two person show, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky

2005   May, Group show, Farrell-Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2005   November, Solo show, Farrell-Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2006   June, Two person show, Farrell-Fischoff Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2006   October, Group show, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky

2007   October, Group show, Marziart, Hamburg, Germany

2008-2010 Various group shows at Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2010   October, Group show, Matrix Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2011   January, Group show, Matrix Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2011   November, Group Show, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas

2012   April, Group show, Muse Fine Art, Denver, Colorado

2014   May, Group show, Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

2016   February, 2 person show at Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Texas