David Kratz is a painter who lives and works in
New York City. He works primarily in oils and focuses on figurative
In 2009, he was named the President of New
York Academy of Art, one of the countrys leading graduates
schools of fine art, where he oversees the training of 100 students
each year. The schools mission is to teach traditional skills
and techniques in the service of vital contemporary art.
Kratz is unique in the history of the schools leadership
in that he also graduated from the Academy in 2008. At the MFA
Diploma Show that year, his painting Afternoon was
awarded the Vasari prize for best-in-show by the prestigious Italian
paint maker, Vasari Oil Paints.
He has been exhibiting and curating for the past two years. In
2009, he curated Take Home a Nude, a show of 200 works at Sothebys,
and Water / Bodies, a show of Academy-related artists, at the
Eden Rock Gallery in St. Barths.
Water / Bodies, 2009, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barths,
French West Indies
Take Home a Nude 2009, Sothebys, New York, NY
Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery Group Exhibition, 2009, Bernardsville,
Manhunt, Spring 2008, New York Academy of Art
Works on paper, Spring 2007, New York Academy of Art