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John Descarfino




John Descarfino is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. He has exhibited at the Lucas Schoormans Gallery and participated in group exhibitions at the McNay Art Museum; Blum and Poe Gallery; Galeria Espacio 48; the Berkshire Museum; Centotto; South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM.; and the Parsonage Gallery, Maine. His paintings are included in several public collections including the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark; JP Morgan Chase; and Capital Group Companies.  His work was reviewed in Artnews, Artnet, The Journal News, and ArteFuse. He received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Café Royal Cultural Foundation, and the PSC CUNY Research Foundation.


Art 5900 Painting 1

Art 6000 Painting 2

Art 44 Still Life Painting

Art 8547 Landscape Painting

Art 8651 Intermediate Landscape Painting

Art 8746 Transparent Watercolor Painting

Art 8850 Intermediate Watercolor Painting

Art 5700 Drawing 1

Art 5800 Drawing 2

Art 5500 Design Foundations


College Teaching Experience:

Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. 1998 -present                                                   

Parsons School of Design. 1997-2004, 2007.

Hofstra University. 1997                   



St. Thomas Aquinas College

School of Visual Arts. BFA

Hunter College, CUNY. MFA


Selected Exhibitions:

Solo and Two-person Exhibitions

“Holes in Walls”. Centotto, Brooklyn, NY.

“Urban Landscapes”. Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center, Nyack, NY.

Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York. 2008

Azarian-McColough Art Gallery,St. Thomas Aquinas College, NY.

Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York. 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008.

Project II.  155 Mercer St. New York.


Selected Group Exhibitions 

Five Myles, Brooklyn NY.

The Parsonage Gallery.

Drawing Challenge, online @ Jason McCoy Gallery.

“Ondate / Waves”. Officina15, Bologna, Italy and Area A, Berlin, Germany.

"Sojourn". South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM. 

“In Their League”. Cluster Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. 

“Return To Light”. Green Door Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

DSC Flatfile exhibition. David and Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY.

"True Believers". David and Schweitzer Contemporary - M. David studio. Curated by Daniel John Gadd.

“The New York State of Painting" Works of Intimate Scale by 26 Colorists. Curated by Michael Walls. 

Kingsborough Art Museum (KAM), Kingsborough Community College CUNY, Brooklyn, NY.

"Talking Pictures 1st Invitational". Curated by Paul D'Agostino, Jeffrey Bishop, and Cathy Ann Quinlan. NURTUREart benefit. hosted at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY. NY.

“In Monitoring”. John Descarfino, Jeffery Bishop and Tom Butter. An offsite Centotto.

"NOMENCoLorATURE". [Simposio]. Centotto at Studio 10. Brooklyn, NY.

“Thrice Legendary, or Forever Thens”.  Centotto, Brooklyn, NY.

“You Are Here”. Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY.

"Antes e Despois". Galeria Espacio 48, Santiago De Compostela, Spain.

“48 Metros de Camino”, Galeria Espacio 48, Santiago De Compostela, Spain.

“Diana 08”. Galeria Espacio 48, Santiago De Compostela, Spain.

“Drawing”. Lucas Schoormans Gallery.  Featuring Will Cotton, John Descarfino, 

Stuart Elster, Anthony Goicolea, Karim Noureldin, Antonio puleo, and Lyle Starr. 

Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York.

“That Championship Season”.  Blum and Poe.  Santa Monica, CA. Curator: Jenelle Porter.

McNay Art Museum.  San Antonio Texas.  Collector’s Gallery XXXIV.

The Art Exchange Show. Lucas Schoormans Gallery.

The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair. Lucas Schoormans Gallery.

Berkshire Museum.  Pittsfield  MA.

“Summer Trash”.  Curators: Kenny Schachter and Sandra Gering.

Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden NJ.


“Bodies of Light”. Image. Winter 2022. Number 115.

“Blind Navigations / Phantom Islands”. La Piccioletta Barca. Issue 14, December 2019

“Flesh and Stone”.  Journal of Italian Translation. volume IX No. 1 & 2. Spring & Fall 2014


Café Royal Cultural Foundation Visual Arts grant. 2019

PSC CUNY (City University of New York) Research Grant. 2019

PSC CUNY (City University of New York) Research Grant. 2016

The City University of New York Fellowship Leave 2012-2013.

PSC CUNY (City University of New York) Research Grant. 2009.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Recipient, 2008.

PSC CUNY (City University of New York) Research Grant. 2008.

Parsons School of Design Faculty Development Leave 2004-05.


Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.  Humlebaek, Denmark.

The Capital Group, Los Angeles, California.

Shaw Pittman, New York.

Perry Capital, New York.

JP Morgan Chase, New York.