Carl Grauer is a painter based in Poughkeepsie, NY in the beautiful Hudson Valley. He primarily works in oil, painting contemporary representational portraits and at times surrealistic paintings. He also offers portrait commissions.

Born in rural Kansas, the youngest of four, Grauer left to complete his degrees in human biology and his MFA in medical illustration from the University of Kansas and Michigan, respectively. Upon the sudden death of his brother in 2012, Grauer committed his life to an authentic pursuit to his passion of art making. He spent two years in London studying figurative and portrait painting with several studios and garnered success showing work internationally, including being shortlisted for the 2015 Wells Art Contemporary Award in the UK and exhibiting with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London. Currently he is showing with several galleries throughout the Hudson Valley including Carrie Haddad in Hudson, NY.  

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Master of Fine Arts, University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts, Biology, University of Kansas


2022 120 MINUTES, Mildred I. Washington Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
2019 The Lavender Temple of Their Most Fabulous, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2016 Recollections, Point Gallery, Denver, CO


2024 All Figured Out, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2023 Qu(i)e(t)er Interiors,  Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2023 Window, Table, Mirror, Stairs, Bed, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2022 Body Beautiful II, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2021 Fragmented Time and Space, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2021 TIMELAPSE, Fridman Gallery, Beacon, NY
2021 Who Really Cares?, The Samuel Dorksy Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY
2021  Sunrise/Sunset, Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany, NY
2021 88th Annual HHAA Juried Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, Lyme, CT
2021 Up Close and Personal, The Art Effect at the Trolley Barn, Poughkeepsie, NY
2020 TIME, Bau Gallery, Beacon, NY
2020 INTERIORS, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2020 Providence Art Club National Juried Show, Providence, RI
2020 Margins, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2019 Body Beautiful II, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2019 FROM MEMORY, Queen City 15 Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
2018 Lights Up!, Queen City 15, Poughkeepsie, NY
2018 Here's Looking at You Kid, The Loft at Liz's, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Peculiar Rarities, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2018 The Other Art Fair, Featured Artist; Los Angeles, CA and Brooklyn, NY
2017 Americana, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2017 Dia Staff Art Show, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY
2017 Petit, Emerge Gallery & Art Space, Saugerties, NY
2016 Being Her Now: Feminine Identity In The 21st Century, Salisbury University Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2016 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2016 Annual Non-Members Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
2016 Strange Figurations, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
2015 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2015 The Wells Art Contemporary Awards Shortlist, Wells & Mendip Museum, Wells Somerset, UK
2014 SATURNALIA, Sweet ‘Art, London, UK
2014 SEAMS, Sweet ‘Art, London, UK
2013 SONYA Prelude Exhibition, Free Candy, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Recollections, Goose Barnacle, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Blue, Rising Arts Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Free Parking Group Show, RePOP, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Prodigal Suns, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Opie Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2005 Annual Juried Exhibition, Images Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2000 Skin Deep, JJ Brookings Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 MFA Graduate Exhibit, Rackham Galleries, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


PBS WMHT AHA! A HOUSE FOR ARTS, "How Artistry, Storytelling & Music Shape the World", Matthew Rogowicz,  September 20, 2023
ART SPIEL, "Carl Grauer’s “A QU(i)E(t)ER Interior” opens at Carrie Haddad Gallery, Matt Moment, May 5, 2023
The Highlands Current, "Memory as a Parallel Dimension", by Alison Rooney, June 28, 2021
Queer|Art, "Queer|Art’s Board President Nelson Santos Curates Gallery for 1stDibs Pride Collection", by Rio Sofia, June 15, 2021
Passage Arts, "Interview with Jared Spencer", by Reilly Clark, February 2021
ABC World News Now, "Amazing Americans", by Will Ganss, July 2020
Art Valley, "Carl Grauer: Two Hour Portraits", April 2020
Chronogram, "Mortals, Saints, and Myths at Carrie Haddad Gallery", June 2019
KU College Stories, "Hawks to Watch: Carl Grauer, Contemporary Artist", May, 2019
Poughkeepsie Journal, "'Tickled Pink' artists display their interpretations of color in group exhibit", by Linda Marston-Reid, Feb. 6, 2019
High Country News, "The Ascension of Matthew Shepard", by Katherine E. Standefer, Oct. 12, 2018
Chronogram, "7 Hudson Valley Contemporary Artists to Watch Out for: Local Gallerists Share The Artists on their Radars", By Chronogram Staff, Aug. 23, 2018
Canvas, A Blog by Saatchi Art, "Brooklkyn: Carl Grauer's Two Hour Portraits", by Laura Skudder, Oct. 10, 2018
VoyageLA, "Art & Life with Carl Grauer, June 4, 2018
Art Aesthetics Magazine, "Q&A: Carl Grauer", by D. S. Graham, May 2017
Saatchi Gallery Magazine, "Carl Grauer, Painter", by Emily Catrice, May 2016
Creative Mapping, "Best of Moniker & The Other Art Fair", by Marie-Laurence Camara

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