Canadian, born in 1971
Lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada

The subtle evolution of Funk?s practice is explored, beginning with the artist?s meditative portraits of hooded figures, responses to conflicting senses of intimacy and anonymity he experienced on New York subways. In his most recent work, the human form is abandoned and replaced by images of bundled, crumpled, and knotted outerwear. The figures that populate most of Funk?s paintings exude a silent contemplation that places them in dialogue with the post-humanist figurative painting tradition: from the Italian and Northern Renaissance to Photorealism. Funk's work is held in major museum collections, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Dallas Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Canada, as well as many private collections.


EDUCATION

2003
MFA Columbia University

1997
BFA University of Manitoba


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada*

2015
Galerie Division, Montreal, Canada

2010
303 Gallery, New York, USA

2009
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, USA

2007
Musee d?Art Contemporain de Montreal, Canada*
303 Gallery, New York, USA

2004
303 Gallery, New York, USA

*Exhibition catalogue

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
The Coldest Winter, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2014
1+1=1: When Collections Collide, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Canada
Homecoming, Division Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2013
Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Soundtrack: Vol. 2, Galerie Division, Toronto, Canada
Soundtrack: Vol. 1, Galerie Division, Montreal, Canada

2012
The Perfect Show, 303 Gallery, New York, USA
Winter Kept Us Warm, curated by Anthony Kiendl and Noam Gonick, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada

2011
Out of Nowhere, curated by Sarah Anne Johnson and Meeka Walsh , Julie Saul Gallery,  Chelsea, USA

My Winnipeg, curated by Guy Maddin and Noam Gonick, Musee International des Arts Modestes, Sete, France
My Winnipeg, curated by Guy Maddin and Noam Gonick La Maison Rouge ? Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France

2007
All the More Real, Curated by Merrill Falkenberg and Eric Fischl, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, USA

2005
First We Take Museums, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

2003
Superreal, Curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Prague Biennale, Superreal, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Prague, Czech Republic

2002
Artists Space, Painting as Paradox, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, New York, USA

2000
Site Gallery, Figuring the Future, Winnipeg, Canada

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2013
Manitoba Arts Council, Deep Bay Residency Program
Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Grant

2012
Manitoba Arts Council, Visual Arts A Grant


PUBLIC AND MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Musee d?Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA


BIBLIOGRAPHY

2016
?Karel Funk, NextLevel Paris?, Inferno Magazine, November, France
Seymour, Tom. ?Exploring intimacy and anonymity on New York subways?, British Journal of Photography, October
2013
Enright, Robert and Walsh, Meeka, ?Forming the Human: an interview with Karel Funk?, Border crossings, vol 32, number 2, issue n.126. p.36-45

2012
Halard, Francois, ?High Living? (Painting in Tabitha Simmon?s house), Vogue, February, p.204

2010
Shaughnessy, Jonathan, ?Karel Funk? C?est Ce Que C?est: Acquisitions recentes d?art actuel Canadien, Ottawa
Ervell, Patrik, ?Karel Funk: Know the Artist by His Uniform? Interview, April 19
Solway, Diane, ?Karel Funk?, W, March, pp. 256-261

2009
Hickey, Andria, review, Artforum, July
Nusz, Ruben, ?Eyes Wide Shut?Karel Funk,? mnartists.org, July 6

2007
Colman, David, ?Karel Funk?, ELLE DÉCOR, November, p. 110
«The Worn Identity», National Post, Winnipeg, October 18
«All the More Real: Portrayals of Intimacy and Empathy», exhibition catalogue, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York
review,  The New Yorker, April 9, p 24
Westcott, James, ?The Hooded Man?, ArtReview, March
Saltz, Jerry, ?Optic Nerve: Karel Funk turns inward?, The Village Voice, March 30
Millroy, Sarah, «You can look and look, but you still can?t touch», Globe and Mail, March 11, Visual Arts, R10

2006
Webster, Peter, ?GALLERIES - The Real World: Robert Bechtle, Marilyn Minter, Karel Funk?, Absolute Magazine, Winter 2006,  p. 68

2005
Limmander, Armand, «The Talk; Cover Artist», The New York Times Magazine, September 18, p. 112
Darwent, Charles, «Absence Minded», ArtReview, Volume LVI, April
Bollen, Christopher, «Headshots», VMAN, issue 4, Spring / Summer, p. 93
reproduction, cover Dose, Friday June 3, Toronto

2004
Smith, Roberta, review, New York Times, Jul 4, p E13
Rosenblum, Robert, ?Best of 2004?, Artforum, December, p. 176
Richard, Frances, review, Artforum, November, p. 223
Ratner, Megan, review, frieze, issue 86, Oct, p 170
Savorelli, Alice, ?Supereal?, Contemporary, no 59, p. 75-76
Quattordio, Alessandra, ?Supereal?, Flash Art, December ? January, p. 119

2003
?Painting as Paradox?, Flash Art, Vol. XXXVI No. 228 January ? February, p. 107

2002
Johnson, Ken, ?Painting as Paradox? New York Times, Dec. 13, Page E44
Saltz, Jerry, ?Painting A La Mode?, Village Voice, Dec. 4-10, Page 63
Enright, Robert, ?Close Encounters of a Painterly Kind?, Border Crossings, Issue No. 88, November, Pages 11,12, 49-51.

2000
Enright, Robert, ?Figuring the Future?, Border Crossings, Issue No. 75, August, p. 8-9