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Joel Sokolov


     In 2005 Sokolov moved from downtown Manhattan to several acres of a remote lava flow in Puna, Hawaii. He built a home and studio and focused on privately creating his artwork, an artists oasis and botanical garden. He exhibited his ‘Big Island Drawings’ at the Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, and at the Honolulu Museum of Art. His work from Hawaii reflects his natural and internal environment during this period which evolved from representational into a more intuitive abstract expression.

     Born and raised in New York City, Sokolov identified as an artist at an early age. He is a graduate of Laguardia H.S. of Music and Art, N.Y.C., 1973 and is a graduate of the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, 1977. 

     In 1980 Sokolov renovated a loft in Tribeca which became his home, studio, and gallery until 2005. He exhibited at White Columns, The Drawing Center, Franklin Furnace, B.A.M., as well as many other galleries and venues. In New York City, Sokolov focused on cityscape painting, aerial views, aviation, landscape, and views of the World Trade Center, which was the view from his studio window. 

     Sokolov’s artwork was collected by Henry Geldzahler, who was a mentor and patron, as well as by Werner Kramarsky and Mike Nichols, among many others.  

     Sokolov has been Artist in Residence at the Lucid Art Foundation and at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, where he designed two new studios and secured funding for them to be built. His work with fashion and decorative arts using textiles printed with his artwork have been collected and exhibited. In the 1990’s he was author/editor of ‘Textile Design’, and ‘Product Design 4’ distributed by Rizzoli. He received grants from the Innovative Design Fund for his work with painted custom furniture, as well as from Robert Rauschenberg’s Change, Inc., NYFA, Artists Space, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and two nominations for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant. He has completed commissions for several public spaces in Boston and New York City. Sokolov’s artworks are included in numerous corporate, private, and museum collections worldwide.


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Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art

Appleton Partners, Boston, MA

Auburn Theological Seminary, NYC

Alterman & Boop, NY

Arkansas Arts Center

Johanna and Tom Baruch, S.F.

Bessemer Trust, S.F.

Best Products, Inc.

Bingham, Dana, + Gould, Boston, MA

Boston Consulting Group, NYC

Bregel Investments

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, MA

Chase Manhattan Bank

Deerfield Management, NY

Dr. Ria Eagan

Henry Geldzahler

Whoopi Goldberg

Goodwin, Procter, and Hoar, Boston

Hale and Dorr, Boston

Holland Mark Martin, Boston

Mark Hostetter + Alex Habib

Houlihan, Lokey, Howard, + Zukin, NYC

Human Rights Campaign, Wash. DC

Hyatt Park Hotel, Beaver Creek, CO


Lucy Kaylin + Kimball Higgs

Werner Kramarsky


Liberty Mutual

Lucid Art Foundation

Dr. Trina Marx

Massport, Boston

Mckinsey + Co., NYC

Meredith + Grew, Boston


Museum of the City of New York

The New York TImes; Office of the President, NYC

Mike Nichols


OCI Chemical Corp., CT

Onex Investment

Orion Capital Management

Pittiglio, Ravin, Todd & Mcgrath, Boston

Fran Preisman


Sherin & Lodgen, Boston

S-Products, The Netherlands

Dr. Caroline Stern

Peter Stern

Summit Preparatory School


Jeff + Penny Vinik

Vinik Asset Management, Boston

Westfield Capital, Boston

Wilmer Hale

Zurich Intl. Ltd, Bermuda




2021   ‘100 WORKS ON PAPER’, Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2020   ‘Alumni Artists-in-Residence Exhibition 2’ Online exhibition,

2019   ‘Lucid Foundation Residents 2018’, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes, CA

           ‘100 WORKS ON PAPER’, Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2017   ‘DO WHAT I WANT-SELECTIONS FROM THE ARTHUR RUSSELL PAPERS’,  Brooklyn Academy of Music,, Brooklyn, NY

           ‘FOCUS ON THE FLATFILES : MOVEMENT IN BLACK AND WHITE’,  Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

           ‘100 WORKS ON PAPER’, Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2016   ‘100 WORKS ON PAPER’, Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2015   ‘100 WORKS ON PAPER’, Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2014   ‘ON THE MOVE’, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT

2013   ‘100 WORKS ON PAPER’, Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2012   ‘100 WORKS ON PAPER’, Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2011   ‘100 WORKS ON PAPER’, Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2010   ‘DEGREES OF DENSITY’, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Ilges Gallery, Columbus, Georgia

2009   ‘BIG ISLAND DRAWINGS’, Solo exhibition, Kentler International Drawing Space,  Brooklyn, NY

           ‘ARTISTS OF HAWAII 2009, Biennial exhibition, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI

           ‘DEGREES OF DENSITY’, curated by Marilyn Symmes, Kentler International Drawing Space’, Brooklyn, NY

           ‘WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA-Selections from the Flat File’, Kentler International Drawing Space,Brooklyn, NY

2007   ‘31’ST ANNUAL BIG ISLAND FALL ARTS COMPETITION’, East Hawaii Cultural Center , Hilo, HI



                 KENTLER INTERNATIONAL DRAWING SPACE at the Brooklyn Academy of Music / Natman Room

2005   ‘SELECTIONS FROM THE FLAT FILE’, Kentler Int’l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2004   ‘VIEWS + SCAPES’, DFN Gallery, NY, NY

2003   SLOAN MIYASATO, San Francisco Design Center, SF,CA.

           GALLERY ARTISTS- DFN Gallery, New York, NY

           THE ‘BURBS’- DFN Gallery, New York, NY

           ART IN BUSINESS- Harvard Club, Boston, MA

2002   MANHATTAN PAINTINGS- Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY

2001   SKYLINE - Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY

           PLATTE CLOVE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE EXHIBITION, Erpf Gallery of the Catskill Ctr, Arkville, NY

2000   SUMMER GROUP -Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY

1999   NEW YORK AT LARGE-Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY

1997   DISPARATE LANDSCAPES- Gensler, Santa Monica, CA

1996   COMMISSION- by Brennan, Beer, Gorman, Monk/ Architects and Interiors for 2 Rector St. Lobby, NYC

1995   CITY VIEWS- Solo Exhibition- Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY INSTALLATION SERIES 1-

                  HERE, New York, NY

           FROM SILENCE TO CELEBRATION- Landsdowne St. Gallery, Boston, MA

           NEW YORK CITY LANDMARKS- Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY

           IMAGES OF WALL ST- Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY

           ART LUNCH- Ramscale Art Associates, Danette Koke Fine Art, New York, NY

1994   CAST IRON SOHO- Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY

           FAMOUS NYC BUILDINGS- Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY

           RECENT WORKS- Elizabeth Shriver, New York, NY

           SELECTIONS FROM THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE SHOW- Museum of Modern Art, Art Advisory Service                            Exhibition at GE Headquarters, Fairfield, CT

           ART TOYS- Madelyn Jordon Gallery, New York, NY

1993   BROOKLYN BRIDGE- Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY

           Auction to benefit Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Theater Co., Los Angeles, CA    

           SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTION- Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

1992   RECENT PAINTINGS- Studio Exhibition, New York, NY

1991   INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE DESIGN FOR THE 90'S- Fullscale Gallery, NY, NY CONTEMPORARY                         HUDSON VALLEY LANDSCAPE- Museum of the Hudson Highlands,Cornwall, NY

           NEW GENERATION- Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

           SOLO EXHIBITION- Gallery 28, Boston, MA

1990   the LANDSCAPE IN QUESTION- Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College

           SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTION-Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

1989   HOME SWEET HOME/ PART 2- Sally Hawkins Gallery, New York, NY

           SIGNS OF LANDSCAPE- Soho Center for Visual Artists, New York, NY

           NY ARTISTS IN MIAMI- Galaxy Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

           NEW DRAWING- NY State Gallery Association Traveling Exhibition, 85-89

          1988 BEYOND CRAFTS- Larsen-Dulman Gallery, New Hope, PA

           COLLABORATIONS- Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY

1985   VISION/TELEVISION- Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

           SOLO EXHIBITION- Jim Diaz Gallery, New York, NY

           HENRY GELDZAHLER'S COLLECTION- Century Club, New York, NY

           NEWS PAINTINGS- ABC-TV 11 O'Clock Report

1984   SELECTIONS 26- Drawing Center, New York, NY

           UPDATE- White Columns, New York, NY

           10 DOWNTOWN- La Mama Galleria, New York, NY

1983   GROUP SHOW- Anderson Theater/Patrick Fox Gallery, New York, NY

           UFO SHOW- Queens Museum, New York, NY

           DECISION BY ARMS- Just Above Midtown/Downtown, New York, NY

1981   DISCOVERIES- Adelphi University Gallery, Garden City, NY

1980   GROUP SHOW- 'A' Street Gallery, Boston, MA

1979   SOLO EXHIBITION- Lawson-DeCelle Gallery, San Francisco, CA




Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, 2018

NY Arts Recovery Fund Grant - NY Foundation for the Arts, 2002

Artists Space Grant, 1991

Robert Rauschenberg’s Change, Inc., 1989

Innovative Design Fund Grant, 1984

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Nominee, 1983, 1985

Best Painter, H.S. of Music and Art, New York, NY, 1973


Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, Diploma, 1977

Tufts University, 1976-77

Cornell University, 1973-74

H.S. of Music and Art, New York, NY, Diploma, 1973




Cover and Insert photo for "Iowa Dream", Arthur Russell, Audika Records, 2019

Resident Artist at Lucid Foundation, Inverness, CA, Feb. 2018

Commission- 5 Paintings for Liberty Mutual Building, Boston, MA, 2013

Drawing of Arthur Russell in New York Time Sunday Arts + Leisure, 2004

Commission–2 paintings for Marriott Marquis Hotel, NYC. Brennan Beer Gorman and Monk,

Designers, 2002

Commission for Auburn Theological Seminary- 4 paintings of religious architecture, 2001-2002

Paintings included in Microsoft commercial, Radical.Media, NYC, 2000

Painting included in feature film, ‘You’ve Got Mail’, Warner Bros.

Commission for painting for lobby of 2 Rector St., NYC, Brennan Beer Gorman and Monk

Published Photography- NY Times, Village Voice, New York Magazine

Designer Show House to benefit Cerebral Palsy, 1995

C.J. Yoon-Ono Fashion Show, Painted backdrops,1994

Featured in International Furniture Design for the 90's, PBC Publishing, 1991

Author/ Editor of Textile Design, Ideas and Applications, PBC Publishing, 1991

Author/ Editor of Product Design 4, PBC Publishing, 1990

Resident Artist at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Temecula, CA, 1990-2003, 2010

Raised funding for and designed 2 artists studios built at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, 2003




New York, NY, 1956

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