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BIOGRAPHY - Ken Salaz (Born 1970)

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'Like Painting A Speeding Bullet,' Landscape Master Ken Salaz Depicts Tactile Feeling Of Nature, Sun 

Forbes article by Natasha Gural

 

Ken Salaz was born in 1970 in southern California and spent his youth living in numerous locations with his family including Mexico, the Southwest United States and the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky and West Virginia.  His ancestral heritage is a rich blend of Native American and Irish.  As a child and teenage, he constantly drew the changing landscapes and people during his travels with his family.  After graduating from Cooper Union, Mr Salaz spent several years traveling the world, through Asia, Central and South America, and Europe painting landscapes and making copies of Masterworks at numerous Museums.  He continued his education with Leonid Gervitz of the Repin Academy and Nelson Shanks. He trained three years at The Water Street Studio of Jacob Collins and spent two summers with him at the Hudson River Fellowship in the Catskill Mountains. He is currently a Senior Fellow and instructor at the Fellowship.  His mastery of technique shows a diverse flexibility of expression, allowing him to capture a wide range of light effects.  In addition, his solid background in traditional techniques used by the “Old Masters” also allows him the groundwork to create works that have a unique poetic expression.   His work is held in numerous prominent collections across the United States.  His work and processes have been featured numerous times in notable Magazines and Publications such as “Fine Art Connoisseur” and “Plein Air”. Mr. Salaz is seen by many as a new and unique voice emerging from the tonalist tradition, such as George Inness, and breaking into new ground with his own modern voice of Poetic Realism.

In addition to being a masterful Artist, Mr. Salaz is a highly accomplished Magician, Mentalist, and Pick-Pocket, entertaining such celebrities as Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon.  He currently lives with his wife and son in the beautiful Hudson River Valley.


Artist Statement

 

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all beauty came from."                      

                                                 -C.S. Lewis


The pursuit of classical painting has been a passion all my life.  It is a great challenge, a beautiful pursuit and a rewarding gift to myself and those around me.  No serious pursuit of the craft and artistry of painting can leave a person indifferent to the mysteries and wonderment of the world around us and within us.  In an age where the ideas of having a Noble Pursuit are almost vanishing, I feel it is imperative to the world today and humanity that the creation of Artwork that strives towards Harmony, Truth, and Beauty be brought into existence without apology. To obtain this, I approach each canvass with the Heart of a Poet, the Mind of a Philosopher, the hands of a Surgeon and the Vision of an Eagle.  The paintings are created to evoke in the viewer the questions of who we are, why we are here, and how we can live for the betterment of humanity.  In order to create landscapes that aren’t simply copies of nature, but rather the Poetic Expressions of fleeting moments, I have delved deeply into the studies of  Philosophy, Religion, Optics, Anatomy, Color and the Great Poets such as Homer and Rumi.  I deeply believe it is the function of Masterful Artwork to be a vehicle that elevates the viewer and all of humanity to a state of transcendent certainty that beauty is eternal and ever-present.  These paintings are a mirror reflection of our joys, sorrows and triumphs as human beings, and they strive to evoke the finest in the viewer.  I hope these works are as feeding to your Mind, Heart and Soul as they have been to mine during my participation in their creation.  May they inspire you to seek your own Noble Pursuit.

 

Sincerely,

               

Ken Salaz






 

AVAILABLE WORKS
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over NYC from the Palisades
Oil on panel
16 x 20 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Swan Song Sunset - Sunset Over the Palisades
Oil on panel
22 x 28 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Delaware, Barryville, NY
Oil on canvasboard
14 x 11 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over the Palisades
Oil on Artefex Panel
16 x 20 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Hearts on Fire, 2019
Oil on panel
10 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Transcendence, Niagara Falls
Oil on panel
19 x 31 3/4
Signed
Sold Works
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Lake
Oil on canvas on board
12 x 16 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
There's Always Hope - View of NY from Dobbs Ferry, Summer 2021
Oil on canvas on board
12 x 20 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Marsh Lake
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Return of the Zodiac
Oil on panel
11 x 14 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Evening Sail After the Storm, Long Island Sound
Oil on panel
8 x 10 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Marsh Lake
Oil on panel
12 x 16 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sundial Peak, Daytime, 2019
Oil on panel
9 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Dancing Dragontails Sunset, 2019
Oil on panel
8 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Niagara Falls, 2019
Oil on panel
6 1/4 x 10 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
St. Mary's Lake, Montana (Study), 2019
Oil on panel
7 1/4 x 11 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Golden Trails Sunset, 2019
Oil on panel
9 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Palisades
Oil on panel
6 x 8 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Majestic Landscape - St. Mary's Lake
Oil on panel
15 1/5 x 20
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Moonrise over Sundial Peak, Utah
Oil on panel
9 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset - Dobbs Ferry Looking South to NYC - 10.23.18
Oil on canvas-panel
12 x 20 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over the Hudson Near Olana (Homage to F. Church)
Oil on canvas-panel
8 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset from Ocean Cliff - Newport, RI
Oil on canvas-panel
12 x 16 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Nyack - 10.13.17
Oil on canvas-panel
6 x 8 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Catskills - 4th of July
Oil on panel
9 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Nyack - 7.16.17 - 2
Oil on panel
6 x 8 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Nyack - 7.16.17
Oil on panel
9 x 14 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Arizona Brilliance, Sunset
Oil on panel
8 x 6 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
A Quest for Understanding
Oil on canvas
23 x 30 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset at Ragged Point, CA
Oil on canvas-panel
12 x 16 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Catskill Sunset - 9.2.16
Oil on panel
8 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Rainbow in the Desert - Catalina Mountains near Tucson
Oil on canvas-panel
10 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Silent Witness - Glacier National Park
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Montana Sunburst - Glacier National Park
Oil on canvas-panel
9 x 11 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
The Day I Met You - View: Sunset over Nyack from Tarrytown
Oil on canvas
10 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Palisades - 9.7.16
Oil on panel
8 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
9.8.16 - Sunset over Hudson
Oil on panel
8 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Jackson, N.H. 7.14.16
Oil on board
8 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset on Hudson - 8.5.16, Looking North from Tarrytown
Oil on board
61/4 x 13 1/2 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Jackson, N.H., 7.17.16
Oil on canvas on board
8 x 12 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Palisades, 6.23.16
Oil on canvas-panel
7 x 11 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Arizona Sunrise Easter 2016
Oil on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Nyack - 6.30.16
Oil on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Nyack - 7.7.16
Oil on board
8 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Nyack Sunset - 5.27.16
Oil on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset South to NYC - 7.5.16
Oil on board
8 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Oregon Coast, Yachats
Oil on board
6 1/8 x 81/4 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
La Napoule, France (plein air)
Oil on board
8 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Amber Waves, Sunset
Oil on panel
6 x 9 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Floridian Sunrise - Palm Beach, Fla.
Oil on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunrise Palm Beach
Oil on board
12 x 16 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Looking South to NYC
Oil on board
12 1/8 x 15 3/8 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Stone Barns Pasture - Westchester, NY
Oil on canvas on board
9 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Palisades, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Palisades - Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Oil on canvas
22 x 30 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Family Sunset, Catskills
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Silver Sunset Over Sailing Ships
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
The One True Love Sunset
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed; also titled and dated on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
The Dancing Phoenix, Sunset (Nyack, NY)
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed, also signed, titled & inscribed on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Catskills, Hawk's Nest 2
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed, also signed titled and dated on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Catskills, Hawk's Nest, New York
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed, also signed titled and dated on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Catskills - Hawks Nest 1
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Catskill Sunset 1
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 8 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Palisades, NY 2
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Looking South Over Manhattan, from Dobbs Ferry
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over Palisades, NY 1
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset over New York City from Dobbs Ferry 1
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed; also signed and titled on the reverse
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Forgiveness, Greenwich Point Park, CT
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Final Lights Over Hunter Mountain
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Forgiveness 1 (Greenwich Point Park, CT)
Oil on canvas on board
12 x 18 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Pink and Gold Sunset
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 9 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Final Sunburst, Hunter Mountain
Oil on canvas on board
5 x 8 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Dragontail Sunset
Oil on canvas on board
4 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Oregon Coast - Yachats
Oil on panel
9 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Storm King
Oil on canvas on board
6 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Catskill Mountains, New York: Sunset
Oil on panel
5 x 8 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Sunset Over Nyack
Oil on panel
6 x 8 inches
Signed
Exhibited Works
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Fire and Ice - Sunset Over NYC, 2019
Oil on canvas on board
12 x 9 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
The Eternal Now, St. Mary's Lake, Montana, 2019
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Flume Falls
Oil on panel
16 x 12 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Fresh Water Sunrise
Oil on panel
18 x 24 inches
Signed
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Ken Salaz
(Born 1970)
Meditation Falls: Eros Flows Through My Veins Like A Wet Soul
Oil on panel
18 x 24 inches
Signed