Barbara Rachko

Barbara Rachko
Last Name: Rachko
First Name: Barbara
Country: United States
City: New York
Art Form: Painting
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Statement

Visual Artist, Blogger, and Author. I create vibrant Mexico-inspired pastel-on-sandpaper paintings. I use cultural objects as surrogates for human beings acting in mysterious, highly-charged narratives.

I am drawn to Mexican and Guatemalan cultural objects—masks, carved wooden animals, papier mâché figures, and toys—for reasons similar to those of Man Ray and the modernists, who in their case were drawn to African art.

On trips to southern Mexico and Guatemala I frequent local mask shops, markets, and bazaars searching for the figures that will later populate my pastel paintings and photographs. How, why, when, and where these objects come into my life is an important part of the process.

I take very old objects with a unique Mexican or Guatemalan past—most have been used in religious festivals—and give them a second life, so to speak, in New York in the present. When I return home I read prodiogiously and find out as much about them as I can.

Biography

NYC Visual Artist Barbara Rachko was born in Paterson, New Jersey and grew up in a New York City suburb.

She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in psychology.

After college, Barbara earned a commercial pilot's license and Boeing 727 flight engineer's certificate, then spent seven years on active duty as a Naval officer.

In 1986 while working at the Pentagon, she began to study figure drawing and medical anatomy, and began many long years of developing her craft.

Barbara subsequently resigned from active duty (but remained in the Navy Reserve and retired as a Commander) to devote herself to making art.

On 9/11 Barbara's life was changed forever when her husband, Dr. Bryan C. Jack, was killed on the plane that hit the Pentagon.

Dividing her time between residences in New York and Alexandria, Virginia,

Barbara enjoys a busy career as a professional artist. She is represented by six galleries throughout the United States, exhibits nationally and internationally, and continues to win accolades, including completion of Ajira's Emerge 2000 business program for artists, a 2008 – 2009 Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation award, and grants from the Templar Trust in Lichtenstein.

Please visit her website barbararachko.com, her Facebook page facebook.com/barbararachko, and her blog barbararachkoscoloreddust.com for the latest updates.

A Yale radio podcast is at museumofnonvisibleart.com and Barbara's first eBook, "From Pilot to Painter," is available on Amazon.

Galleries

Black Paintings
Black Paintings

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Events

Fyer , Fyer!
Starts: Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Ends: Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th Street
New York, United States
10016
SIREN Baroque kicks off its third season with Fyer, Fyer!, the first of four concerts exploring the ancient elements, in a special collaboration with the innovative baroque dancers Laura Careless and Marisol Cabrera. The program features blazingly passionate works by Morley, Monteverdi, Rebel, Scarlatti, and Handel, all of which use fire as a metaphor for nature’s wrath, spiritual zeal, lustful ardor, or the terrors of hell. With SIREN Baroque’s “impassioned performances” (Early Music America) accompanied by strikingly seductive choreography, it promises to be an evening to ignite the senses.
Phone: 212-545-8000