Peter D. Gerakaris
American interdisciplinary artist Peter D. Gerakaris earned a BFA from Cornell University in 2003 and an MFA from Hunter College in 2009 where he received the Tony Smith Prize. Gerakaris’ kaleidoscopic paintings, installations, and origami accordion sculptures engage nature-culture themes and are showcased in many prominent institutional collections including the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program Permanent Collection in Libreville, Gabon (Africa), the Schomburg Center, and Citibank, in addition to an international array of private collections. His artwork has been exhibited around the globe at venues such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Chinese Contemporary (Beijing), iSolAIR (Cape Verde Islands, West Africa), the National Academy of Fine Arts, The Surrey, and the Mykonos Biennale, while being featured in publications like Cool Hunting, Time Out Beijing, the Financial Times, and Architectural Digest. Gerakaris has also created a variety of large-scale, site-specific installations commissioned by Cornell Tech and Bergdorf Goodman.
ArtSpeak culminates with a commission, and a first of its kind at the hotel, in The Surrey’s Private Rooftop Garden. Gerakaris imagines a floating garden in the middle of the rooftop, and incorporates colorful, saturated organic images of plants and flowers that nonetheless serve as his own symbols of communication.
Floating Garden - Site-specific, mixed-media installation by Peter D. Gerakaris commissioned for The Surrey’s Private Rooftop Garden, curated by Natasha Schlesinger. Artwork & photos ©2016. Peter D. Gerakaris.