Untitled (Evening) by April Gornik, 1986
April Gornik was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1953. She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1971-75, and received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada in 1976. In 1978 Gornik settled in New York City, where she continues to live and work today. She is a painter, printmaker and photographer, in some cases using her photographs as inspirations for her paintings.
Gornik has extensively exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and abroad, including a number of retrospective exhibitions. She has work in major public and private collections throughout the country, and is featured in multiple publications, including a monograph published on her work. Gornik received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guild Hall Museum in 2003, the Award for Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS and amFAR, and was the Neuberger Museum’s Annual Honoree in 2004. The Danese Gallery in New York City presently represents her work.
“I am an artist that values, above all, the ability of art to move me emotionally and psychically. I make art that makes me question, that derives its power from being vulnerable to interpretation, that is intuitive, that is beautiful.” – April Gornik