About Darryl

"Darryl Abraham's Folk creations defy classification. Though we might liken them to genre painting, they have, like much of Folk Art, no real counterpart in the realm of Fine Art. They are dramatic vignettes which seem more closely allied to storytelling than to static depiction. They celebrate a culture and energetically assert their own provinciality."
- Arts at the Gardens at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, August 2011

“In ‘Garden’, Darryl Abraham turns nature on its head. Jazzy, human-scaled metal renditions of trees and climbing vines are crowned with everything from a Blue Bird Inn to a pianist, with a wonderful witty job at Chagall thrown in. Abraham’s expressive use of curling metal edges, fringes, and petals is matched by a vivid, impressionistic dabs and swoops of paint … here the artist manages a nice balance between rococo exuberance and formal restraint.”
- Lee Fleming, Art Critic, The Washington Post

“His miniature scenes, especially one of a man sitting on a swing, dare to provoke a human response. Call it nostalgia, in the case of a decaying hotel out of Erskine Caldwell. Or identification with the Earth, in the artist’s farm vignettes/ But Abraham puts his materials - wood, metal, plastic, soil - at the service of something larger than the art object itself. Don’t be fooled by his primitive techniques, in their own way, the pieces are highly polished. ‘Scrupulous Realization.’ however, has not taken precedence over the transcendent quality of a post tradition.”
- Alan G. Artner, Art Critic, The Chicago Tribune

Naples, NY

BFA Virginia Commonwealth University, 1971
MFA University of North Carolina, 1973

Permanent Collections
Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Art, Washington, D.C.
United States Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
Allan Stone Collection, NYC, New York
Bevridge Collection, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Gerstin Collection, Washington, D.C.
Kogod Collection, Washington, D.C.
Saul Steinburg Collection, NYC, New York
Reiner Collection, Washington, D.C.
Rosenak Collection, Washington, D.C.
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

Private Gallery Exhibitions
Allan Stone Gallery, NYC, NY
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Dezon Zak Gallery, Chicago, IL
Henri Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Hundred Acres Gallery with OK Harris, NYS, NY
Mercer Gallery, Rochester, NY
Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY
Halendar Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

Museum and University Gallery Exhibitions
Schweinfurth Museum, Auburn, NY
State University of NY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Wells College, Aurora, NY
Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA

Professional Illustration
Freelance Illustrator
Storey Publishing
Harpers Weekly
Cycle World
Instructor Magazine for Harcourt Brace Publishing

Professional Reviews
In various publications including reviews by Art Critics by Lee Fleming, The Washington Post by Alan G. Arthur, The Chicago Tribune, Art News

Professional Teaching Experience
Ceramics Assistant, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1973
Visiting Artist, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, 2017
Exploratory Art Instructor, Walworth Barbour American International School, Israel, 2012-16
College Instructor, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, 2005-12
Art Instructor, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY, 2000-04
Sabbatical Replacement Professor, Wells College, Aurora, NY, 1999-2000
Visiting Artist Faculty, Venice Art Center, Venice, FL, 1996-98
Adjunct Instructor, Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY, 1976-96

Visiting Artist Lectures and Residencies
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
SUNY College at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY
St. John Fisher, Rochester, NY
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY