John Koos has lived, worked and exhibited around the world. He was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Calcutta, after which he attended the Accademia di Belli Arti in Florence, where his wife, Vivian Sauber Koos was a Fulbright scholar.
Koos taught art at Hampton University in Virginia, and later at C.U.N.Y. after he and his family moved to Brooklyn.
These paintings are energetic, provocative and intense; often beautiful and always surprising. Koos reigns over a multitude of beings inhabiting a vivid world of color and shape in which he seems as much a delighted observer as the creator. His sense of humor is pervasive; his color and form impeccable.
Solo exhibitions include The Whitney Museum Art Resources Center, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Elizabeth Street Gallery in NYC, Edinboro State University PA, The Evans Gallery in East Hampton, and Louisiana State University. His work is in the collections of The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Hampton University Museum,; Greenboro Museum, SC; and Edinboro State University, PA. His drawings are featured in “HALF GROSS” a collaboration with the poet, Joe Elliot and a new collection of sketches “FIELD TRIP” will be available during this exhibition.