Keith J. Varadi

An avid poet, painter, writer, performer, and curator, Keith J. Varadi is best known for his paintings created without the use of a paintbrush. In what he calls “oil and canvas” works, Varadi makes an initial painting, immediately stretches an additional raw canvas over the painting, and then uses the resulting imprint as a base for the final piece. Varadi is influenced by the artists John Baldessari, David Reed, and Sol LeWitt, and is inspired by the surprising outcomes that materialize from controlled systems. 

Keith J. Varadi received his MFA in 2011 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and a BFA in Printing and Printmaking from the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. His most recent solo exhibitions include Et al., in San Francisco, CA; COOPER COLE, Toronto, Ontario; Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy; Retrospective, Hudson, NY; David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX; among others. He has been included in several group exhibitions in the United States, but also in Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, England, Belgium and Italy. In addition to his painting practice, Varadi is a cofounder of the artist collective Picture Menu and is the associate director of Greene Exhibitions in Los Angeles.

Keith J. Varadi; Born Dead, 2013; oil and canvas; 24 x 18 in.
Keith J. Varadi; Freeman, 2013; oil and canvas; 24 x 18 in.
Keith J. Varadi; Casco, 2013; oil and canvas; 24 x 18 in.
Keith J. Varadi; Reich, 2012; oil and canvas; 24 x 18 in.
Keith J. Varadi; Toner, 2012; oil and canvas; 12 x 9 in.
Keith J. Varadi; Arsenal Park, 2012; oil and canvas; 12 x 9 in.
Keith J. Varadi; Beltway, 2013; oil and canvas; 12 x 9 in.
Keith J. Varadi; Krakow, 2012; oil and canvas; 12 x 9 in.