Artist Andrius Balukas

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Andrius Gediminas Balukas was born in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, in 1950. His father was a physician, and his mother was an artist, both displaced people after the second world war. He grew up in South Carolina when his father was a medical officer in the U.S. Army. His family later moved to an ethnic, working-class neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.
Andrius studied art in San Francisco and New York and graduated with a BFA in Painting and Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1973. He has traveled throughout the United States, Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
He moved to New York in 1975 and worked as a graphic designer at art museums, advertising agencies, and corporations to support himself to continue his work in art. When Andrius moved into the newly emerging artist neighborhood of TriBeCa, other rising contemporary artists discovered him; conceptual artist William Anastasi mentored Andrius.
Andrius’s interests and technical experience have been broad, but he eventually chose traditional classic materials and simplified human scale to create expressive landscapes.
Andrius received a National Art Endowment and a New York State Art Endowment in 1986. He exhibited his work at The Drawing Center, the Whitney Museum of Art, Art in General as well as other Brooklyn and New York exhibitions. Currently, his work is on view at the Google executive galleries in San Francisco.
Andrius married in 2003 to artist Jeanne Efterpe. Jeanne and Andrius work at their art studio near Oberlin, Ohio. They both advocate expanding public art education in America.

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