About Ken Vrana Art
Ken Vrana, grew up in the Southampton, New York area, where he subsequently studied with seminal artists like William DeKooning, Larry Rivers and Ashcan School artist, Valentine Arborgaste. In 1965 he was invited to participate in a special sculpture program at Syracuse University, and attend the Pratt Institute in New York City. During the next few years, while pursuing a degree in Interior Design, he also studied with artists like Andy Warhol.
Over time, he owned his own advertising agency in Atlanta and eventually made his way to Los Angeles and the film industry, where he was a writer and Producer represented by the William Morris Agency.
After Los Angles, Ken decided to make his way back to the east coast and settled in Cary, North Carolina, where he pursued a law degree. He headed a charity while working with Paul McCarthy’s Breast Cancer Foundation. During this time, he found his artistic passion with his writing and fine arts and started an art program for people with cancer.
Some of those who own Ken’s work include Presidents Carter and Clinton, Sen. Edward Kennedy, racing drivers Mario and Michael Andretti, actors Henry Fonda, George C. Scott, Jack Lemmon, Rosemary Clooney, Steve Buscemi, Robert Hays and most recently Daniel Day-Lewis. He has several pieces in international collections in such country like Qatar, Switzerland, South Africa, the UK and Ireland. Ken’s works have been shown in several prestigious art fairs and markets, as well as sold pieces to private international collectors as well as written articles for industry magazines.
Ken Vrana enjoys working in Acrylic and Oil, but from time to time incorporates some mix media into his paintings, with Resin, natural fibers or recycled material. Recently, he has explored areas of sculptures and constructions, all made from recycled materials. His inspiration for his art comes from his overview of the world, the curiosity of detail, as well as his humorous personality.
“Many people comment on the variety of styles and subject matter that comprises my work but I can’t imagine painting any other way. Painting flowers, landscapes or animals for the rest of my life would be like death to me. I never paint for a particular audience, I often creating paintings that seem to defy any established category, but instead, I paint what inspires me and hope that collectors will find my work worthy of their attention.”