Rudy Vavra is a fine artist with an active studio in New York's Hudson Valley. His work has been exhibited nationally. Although mostly known as an abstract painter working primarily in oils, Vavra has also exhibited drawings and watercolor paintings. In the late 1980's in Texas, he was also known for his floor collage installation performances.

Vavra's early works often referenced the landscape and were explorations of abstracted imagery with a structured sense of place.  His current oil paintings speak more of the painter's search, with mark making, to locate the painting. A painter's painter, Vavra applies layer upon layer of colorful marks, applied over time, to achieve a balance of tonal value, spatial depth and texture that defines the painting.


MONOGRAPH 2017, by Tatiane Santa Rosa.  RUDY VAVRA - EMANATIONS

Sarah Rogers Lafferty’s - “About Landscape”

INTERVIEW WITH RUDY VAVRA -  by Tatiane Santa Rosa. 


MFA painting -  School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
BED environmental design  - Texas A&M University, College Station, TX


“Holiday Trees,” Argazzi Gallery, Lakeville, CT 2015
“New Work: Lynn Palumbo/Rudy Vavra,” Atwater Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY 2014
“Rudy Vavra: Paintings & Drawings,” Atwater Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY 2013
Group Exhibition, Argazzi Gallery, Lakeville, CT 2008
“Rudy Vavra 1974-2004,” Betsy Jacaruso Gallery, Red Hook, NY 2004
“Plane Dozen,” One-Man Show, Charleston Restaurant, Hudson, NY 2000
“Rudy Vavra—Conceptual Landscapes,” Brownson Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY 1998
“City, Room, Garden,” University of Houston, Houston, TX; traveled 1993-1994
Group Exhibition, Z Gallery, New York, NY 1993
“About Landscape,” Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; curated by Sarah Rogers 1991
Group Exhibition, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY; curated by Jackie Winsor 1988
Group Exhibition, Andreas Gallery, Washington, DC; curated by George Andreas 1988
“Mile Show,” Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY; curated by Will Insley 1987
Fiftieth National Mid-Year Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; curated by Tom Hinson 1986
Austin Visual Arts Juried Exhibition, Austin, TX 1986
Second Annual Juried Exhibition, Lubbock Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, TX 1986
“Selections from the Creature Series,” Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 1986
Forty-Seventh Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings, Palm Beach, FL curated by James T. Demetrion 1985
Texas A&M University Art Faculty Exhibition, College Station, TX 1985
Seventh Annual Desert West Art Show, Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA 1985
All-Texas Two-Dimensional Art Competition Exhibition, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 1985
Thirteenth Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram, TX 1985
Juried Exhibition, Montana Institute of the Arts, Great Falls, MT 1984
Twelfth Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram, TX 1984
Paper/Fiber Vll,  The Arts Center, Iowa City, IA 1984
“Texas in Two Dimensions,” Llano Estacado Museum, Plainview, TX 1984
One-Man Show, Medical Sciences Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 1984
Faculty Work 84 Exhibition, College of Architecture and Environmental Design Gallery, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 1984
“Casa Di Dante” Invitational Show, Florence, Italy 1983


Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Texas A&M University Medical Library, College Station, TX


Mr. and Mrs. Joel Mallin, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hort, Scarsdale, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kimmel, Livingston, NJ
Ms. Nanette Campbell, Boulton, MA
Ms. Veronica Chambers and Jason Clampet, Hoboken, NJ
Ms. Winship Cook, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Dealy, Pawling, NY
Drs. Nina and Bailey Freund, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hill, Chicago, IL
Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Johnson, New York, NY
Ms. Julia Kagan, New York, NY
Ms. R. Lynn Keller, Madison, WI
Dr. Clarissa Kimber, College Station, TX
Ms. Kim Knowlton and Mr. Allen Coulter, New York, NY
Ms. Alexandra Logue and Mr. Ian Shrank, New York, NY
Ms. Annmaria Mazzini and Mr. Robert Sedgwick, New York, NY
Mrs. Jennifer Murray, Dallas, TX
Ms. Noreen O’Brien, Boulder, CO
Ms. Sarah Rogers, Columbus, OH
Ms. Ann Seamster, Portland, OR
Mr. and Mrs. Michiel Vandervoort, New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Clark Still, New York, NY