Barbara Rachko

Scene Thirteen: Bathroom | Answering the Call | No Cure for Insomnia
Truth Betrayed by Innocence | Practical Advice on Waiting | Scene Fourteen: Kitchen

Answering the Call

Scene Thirteen: Bathroom

Truth Betrayed by Innocence

Barbara Rachko's work is full of dichotomies. Her characters are playfully childlike, yet ominously bizarre. In the Domestic Threats series of paintings on sandpaper she uses pastels to create intense, brilliant colors. Her perspective is precise, yet skewed. Her settings are disturbingly real and comically humorous. To experience her work is to take a trip into a fantasyland gone awry.

Rachko earned her BA at the University of Vermont. She has also studied at New York Academy of Art, the University of MD, Georgetown University and Art Leagues School in Virginia. She shows extensively from CA to NY and VT to FL. Selected collections include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, DC. In 2004 solo exhibits include "Domestic Threats," Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ; "Domestic Threats," Cambridge Multicultural Art Center, Cambridge, MA; and "Domestic Threats," Louise Jones Brown Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC. Art center and gallery group exhibit locations span NY, NJ and CT. In 2005 her exhibition schedule includes the Mexican Cultural Institute, New York, NY and Loyola University, Chicago, IL, as well as New Orleans, Fayetteville, AR, Richmond, VA, Naples, FL, Sylvania, OH, Madrid, NM, and Burlingame, CA. Exhibitions for 2003 included Monique Goldstrom, New York, NY; "Suspended Narratives," Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI; "Fetish and Ritual," Bruce Gallery of Art, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA; "International Works on Paper Exhibition," William Whipple Art Gallery, Southwest State University, Marshall, MN, among others. Selected bibliography includes 2000 Outstanding People, 2003, nternational Biographical Center, Cambridge, England, Greg Schaber, "Paint What's Important," (Feature Article), The Artist's Sketchbook, Jan. 2003, and "Self-Publishing a Catalogue," (Feature Article), American Artist, Daniel Grant, February 2004.

Mexico provides spiritual influence for Rachko, and the incorporation of its cultural objects in a lively blend of reality and fantasy is obvious in her work. So is her strong drawing skill which lends itself well to her unique, innovative style.

No Cure for Insomnia

Scene Fourteen: Kitchen

Practical Advice on Waiting


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