Biography

This Guggenheim Award-winning painter is known for intensely personal work characterized by a disquieting beauty. Her indelible images deal with feminist issues of power and identity. In her best-known work, Stojak confronts the self, identity, and the female body. Her works have been called “psychological self-portraits.”Critic Michael Amy has written that Stojak’s paintings give “the illusion of almost intangible flesh, as open as a wound.” He described the “flesh-like surfaces of her pictures” as “rich epidermises filled with the history of their own generation.

Aside from the underlying narrative impact of the work, Stojak is also focused on quite painterly concerns. Art in America critic Edward Leffingwell has written of Linda Stojak’s paintings that they are “as formally compelling as they are moving.” Stojak’s work consists mostly of a solitary figure emerging from a contrasting ground, a field of relentless palette-knife-wide strokes of oil paint obsessively worked and reworked until the brushstroke itself becomes the search for meaning.

Hers is a technique both sensual and gestural – the expressionistic played against the conceptual. Linda Stojak’s work is suffused with a profound humanity. In the words of critic Michael Amy: “her figures offer a remarkable evocation of our very lives.” In addition to receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship, Stojak was awarded a Leeway Grant, a Distinguished Achievement Award from Arcadia University and a residency in Toblach, Italy.  Her work has been reviewed in numerous  publications including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America and Art News.  It is in over 300 private collections as well as in public collections such as The University of Pennsylvania, Brown University and The Harn Museum of Art. She is represented by Stephen Haller Gallery in New York and LewAllen Galleries in Santa Fe.

-Cynthia Griffin

 

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019      Look Away

            LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2017      Silent Voices

            LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2015      Waiting for a Moment

            Stux + Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2013      Linda Stojak: Redux

            Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2012      Linda Stojak: Tether

            Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2011      From the Moment Past

            Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2008      Linda Stojak 

            Molloy College Art Gallery,New York, NY  

2007      Linda Stojak

            Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2005      Linda Stojak

            Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2004      Linda Stojak

            Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2002      Linda Stojak

            Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2001      Linda Stojak

             Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia PA

          Linda Stojak

             Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

          Linda Stojak

             Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, Philadelphia,PA

          Linda Stojak

             Herter Art Gallery, U of Mass, Amherst, MA

2000      Linda Stojak

             Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1999      Linda Stojak

             Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1998      Linda Stojak

             Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1997      Linda Stojak

             Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1996      Linda Stojak

             Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1995      Linda Stojak

             Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1993      Linda Stojak

             Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1991      Linda Stojak

             Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2015      Group Matrix

               Stux + Haller, New York, NY

2014      Finn, again!

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2013      Essence/Quintessence

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2011      Connections

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

         Spectrum

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2010      Nexus

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2009      In Context

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

         The Point of Convergence

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

         Continuum

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2008      Confluence

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

         Constant Aesthetic

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2007      A Woman on Paper

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

          ART20 2007

                The Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY

2006      Why the Nude? Contemporary Approaches

                The Arts Students League of NY, New York, NY

          ART20 2006

                The Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY

          Solstice

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2005      Focal Point

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2004      Narrative Abstraction

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

          Constant Aesthetic 2004

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2003      Coda

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

          Constant Aesthetic 2003

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

          The Perception of Appearance

               Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

          Surface Fragments

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2001      Constant Aesthetic 2001

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

          Degrees of Figuration

                Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ

          Aesthetic Boundaries

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2000     Pictura Lucida (Paintings by Leeway Grant recipients)

                Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

          Simple Truths

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

          Paintings

                Anderson Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

          Surface Tension, Part I

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1999      Non-Narrative Stories

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

          Signs, Codes, and Surfaces

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1998      Contemporary Markings

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

          Gestural Minimalism III

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1997      Constant Aesthetics III

                Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1996      Art on Paper (catalogue)

                Weatherspoon Art Gallery, UNC, Greensboro, NC

          Points of Turbulence in Contemporary Art (catalogue)

                Main Gallery, University of Rhode Island, 

                Kingston, RI

          Cultural Markers

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

          Surface Issues

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1995      Essence and Persuasion: The Power of Black and White 

          (catalogue)

               Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY

          Gestural Minimalism II

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

          Primal Markers

               Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

          Virtuosity

               International Art Fair, The Armory, New York, NY

1994     Double Indemnity: The Self Unmasked, 

         Curator: Joyce Korotkin

               City without Walls, Newark, NJ

         Timely & Timeless (catalogue), Curator: Doug Maxwell

              The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 

              Ridgefield, CT

         Gestural Minimalism

              Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1993     A Priori Painting

              Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

         Spirit Markers II

              Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

         Constant Aesthetic II

              Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

         Constant Aesthetic

              Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1992     Spirit Markers

              Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

         Minneapolis/New York

              Carolyn Ruff Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

         Texture - Material II

              Stephen Haller Fine Art, New York, NY

         Apocalypse and Resurrection

              The Gallery Three Zero, New York, NY

1991     Figures in Art

              Tavelli/Williams Gallery, Aspen, CO

         Texture - Material

              Stephen Haller Fine Art, New York, NY

         Directions 1990-1991

              Stephen Haller Fine Art, New York, NY

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

2018         ARTNET NEWS, Sarah Cascone, January,29,2018

             THE STRANGER, Leah St.Lawrence, January 26, 2018

2017    Displaced Debutantes and Soluble 

       Entities: The Vision of Linda Stojak, John Biscello, 

              RIOT MATERIAL MAGAZINE

        Faceless Encounters:The Paintings of Linda Stojak,

         Michael Abatemarco, 

              PASATIEMPO MAGAZINE, March 10, 2017

2013    Linda Stojak’s Remarkable Redux, Ken Fitch

              THE EXAMINER, June 14, 2013

        A group exhibition at Stephen Haller Gallery

        new and historic...

              ARTDAILY.ORG, July 22nd, 2013

2012    Exhibition of new paintings by painter Linda Stojak 

        opens...

              ARTDAILY.ORG, October 18, 2012

2011    A Woman of all Times – Linda Stojak at Stephen Haller 

        Gallery

              THE FOOD AND THE CITY, January 29, 2011

        Belly Laughs and Haunting Beauty, Mark Barry

              IONARTS, February 23rd, 2011

2010    A Sizzling Summertime Post

              IONARTS, July 6, 2010

2009    Saks Fifth Avenue Revamps...

              CONTRACT MAGAZINE, August 31, 2009

2006    Linda Stojak at Stephen Haller, Edward Leffingwell

              ART IN AMERICA, May 2006

2005    Linda Stojak, Michael Amy

              CATALOGUE ESSAY, September 2005

2004    Linda Stojak, Robert Morgan

              ART NEWS, July, 2004

2001    The Human Figure, as Myth, William Zimmer

              THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 23, 2001

        Surrogate Portraits, Susan Van Dongen

              TIME OFF, December 2001

        Go figure: Bodies of work focus on human form, 

        Dan Bischoff

              THE SUNDAY STAR-LEDGER, November 25, 2001

        Hunterdon Museum of Art - Three Exhibitions

              SOUTH PLAINFIELD REPORTER, October 19, 2001

        Hunterdon Museum of Art

              HUNTERDON, October 17, 2001

        Three Exhibitions at Art Museum

              NORTH HUNTERDON WEEKENDER, November 3, 2001

2000    Winners, Robin Rice

              PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER, October 19, 2000

        Pictura Lucida, Amy Schlegel

              EXHIBITION CATALOGUE, September 2000

1999    Linda Stojak, David Bourbon

              NY ARTS MAGAZINE, May 1998

1998    Linda Stojak, Douglas F. Maxwell

              REVIEW, April 1, 1998

        Linda Stojak, Lorenza Galeone

              JULIET ART MAGAZINE, Italy, April/May, 1998

        Linda Stojak, J. Bowyer Bell

              REVIEW, April 1, 1998

1997    Linda Stojak, Paintings, Vic Torri

              NY ARTS, June 1997

        Linda Stojak, Lissa McClure

              REVIEW, May 15, 1997

        Linda Stojak

              RAND SCHOOL PUBLICATION, Spring 1997

        The Uneasy Surface..., Gregory Wallace

              ART NEW ENGLAND, February/March, 1997

        Linda Stojak, J. Bowyer Bell

               REVIEW, May 1, 1997

1996    Linda Stojak at Stephen Haller, Richard Vine

               ART IN AMERICA, January, 1996

        Scratching the surface of art’s materials, Bill van Siclen

               THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL-BULLETIN, Sept 13, 1996

        The Stream of Art in Big Apple, Machiko Matsufuji

               ART MAGAZINE, Tokyo, Japan, January-February, 1996

1995    New York Galleries, Carl Schiffman

               NEW ENGLAND REVIEW, November, 1995

        One-two punch, Richard Huntington

               THE BUFFALO NEWS, April 28, 1995

        Essence and Persuasion, Elisa Deyneka

               ARTVOICE, April 12, 1995

1994    Newark Exhibition Explores ..., Eileen Watkins

               THE SUNDAY STAR-LEDGER, April 17, 1994

        Timely and Timeless, Douglas Maxwell

               EXHIBITION CATALOGUE, 1994

1993    Linda Stojak, Linda Yablonsky

               ARTFORUM, December, 1993

        Linda Stojak at Stephen Haller

               ARTFAIR, Fall 1993

1992    Linda Stojak, Jeff Wright

               COVER MAGAZINE, April, 1992

1991    Quatre galeries new-yorkaises...,Marie-Michelle Cron

               LE DEVOIR, November, 1991

        Adam McGovern

               COVER MAGAZINE, October, 1991

 

MUSEUM AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

        WEATHERSPOON ART MUSEUM, Greensboro, NC

        BROWN UNIVERSITY, Providence, RI

        MOLLOY COLLEGE ART GALLERY, Rockville Centre, NY

        THE HARN MUSEUM OF ART, Gainsville, FL

        SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, New York, NY

        THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia, PA

        SEATTLE UNIVERSITY, Seattle,WA

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

 

2005    Toblach Grant: Artist Residency

               International Academy for Painting & 

               Digital Photography, Toblach, Italy

2000    Leeway Foundation Grant (Achievement Award) 

        Distinguished Achievement Award, Arcadia University

1996    John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 

 

EDUCATION

 

1980    Pratt Institute, New York, NY, MFA 

1978    Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, BFA


 

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