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“My painting is a direct byproduct of intense involvement in improvisational music and free-verse poetic composition. It is about change and movement, balance and unity, and ultimately about natural order. What drives movement is tension. I like to think of my paintings as places where the most divergent and surprising things collide, converging at just the right time into new expressions of unity. I believe art is the most powerful and direct language for expressing and exposing the core of human experience.”
Lee Kaloidis has been involved in the arts over the course of his entire life. He attended the University of Miami, focusing on jazz. He also studied poetry at the New School and Brooklyn College. In addition to his accomplished career as a painter, Lee is also a published poet.
Kaloidis paints using oils and mixed media on canvas and paper. His goal is to create work that appears to have originated instantly in its entirety, without any overt sign of human management or predictable arrangement. His technique, style, subject matter, and themes become unified and synchronous. Kaloidis’ intentions are directed toward highlighting an inherent organizing principle that exists unconsciously within people. He considers his style and approach romantic and expressionistic, believing that the foundation for art-making is emotional, not rational. He considers himself a spontaneous composer.
Kaloidis has been a resident of New Hope, Pennsylvania since 2007 and has a studio and gallery on Bridge Street. He primarily exhibits locally and in Philadelphia.
Education and Training
Kaloidis studied jazz at the University of Miami in the mid-1970s. During the 1980s, he studied poetry and literature at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York, and at the New School in Greenwich Village, New York.
Teachers and Influences
Kaloidis studied privately with numerous trumpet/music teachers from the 1960s through the 1990s. Specifically, he studied with Vinny Tano, Angelo Tulamelo, Bob McCoy, Jerome Callet, and Michael Disibio.
Connection to Bucks County
Kaloidis moved to New Hope, Bucks County, in 2007.
Colleagues and Affiliations
Kaloidis' Bucks County colleagues include Malcolm Bray, Annelies van Dommelen, Gordon Haas, and Miguel Osorio.
Frame Shop Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2008
Lux Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2009
Hoyt Insititute of Fine Arts Juried Exhibition, New Castle, Pennsylvania, 2009
Phillips' Mill Annual Juried Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2009
Frame Shop Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2007
Philadelphia Art Expo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2008
ArtXChange, Seattle, Washington, 2002
Featured in Downtown LA Life Magazine, Los Angeles, California, 2008
Poetry published in The Painted Bride, Little Magazine, Asylum, 1990s
Featured in Orbis State of American Poetry, England, 1990
Woodstock Times, Woodstock, New York, 1980