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Kevin Muente
Erlanger, Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University, Associate Professor

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My desire to explore the human experience via the metaphor of landscape led me to include figures within nature. I hope that the viewer reads these as metaphysical senses of place. The natural landscape serves as a backdrop to moments of human action, but the emotions conveyed tap into grand, universal themes. I cast my models as archetypes and they in some way have lived these roles. On reflection, I realize that these cinematic paintings depict people facing the most elemental conflict in nature˜life and death˜and they ask more questions than they answer.


born: 1971, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


University of Cincinnati, MFA, 1999
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1995

selected awards/honors

Northern Kentucky University Summer Fellowship, 2010
Summerfair Aid to Individual Artists Grant, Cincinnati, 2009
Northern Kentucky University Project Grant, 2008
Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council, 2006

selected publications

New Amercian Paintings  No.100, 2012
International Painting Annual, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, 2011
New American Paintings, No. 76, 2008
New American Paintings, No. 64, 2006

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Solo Show Upcoming, Richard Demato Fine Arts, Sag Harbor, NY, 2013
Environs, Miami University, Middletown, OH, 2012
Traces, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
Places in Time, Heike Pickett Gallery, Lexington, KY, 2010

selected group shows

The Romantic Impulse: Currents in Contemporary Art Part II, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA ,2012
National Contemporary Realism 2012, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK, 2012
American Landscape: Coast to Coast,  Gross Mccleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012



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