Peter Ivanoff spent most of his career working, initially as an art director in advertising, then as a concept artist and designer for advertising and marketing. In addition to making a living as a commercial artist, throughout his career he has maintained a studio practice. As a architecture student he was introduced to painting by the artist Gilbert Steed, (a color consultant for Bocour paints and a student of Hans Hoffman). He studied and was introduced to European Modernism by the photographer and painter, John Guttman, (a student of Otto Mueller) at SFSU. He also studied Life Drawing and Anatomy at the Art Student's League. He earned his B.A. from SSU and an M.F.A from MICA (a highlight of which was his association with the late Salvatore Scarpitta). Currently, he lives and works in Palo Alto, CA.
Selected Group Exhibitions2022 Restart, Juror: Patricia Hickson, Emily Tremaine Hall Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth Athenium, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA 2018 National Juried Competition: Works on Paper 2018 by Juror Kim Conaty, Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Whitney Museum of Art, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ 2017 National Juried Competition: Works on Paper 2017 by Juror Jane Panetta, Associate Curator, The Whitney Museum American of Art, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ2016 No Big Heads, National Juried Portrait Competition, Asia Freeman juror,Student Union Gallery, UAA, Anchorage, Al.Fashion, the Union of Art and Fashion, Juror, Gilbert E. Meza, the studio door, San Diego, CA.2012 Staff Picks, Seattle Portable Works Collection, Municipal Tower gallery, Seattle, WA1998 Critics’ residency/ Critics’ picks, Curators: Jo Anna Isaacs and Jeanne Silverthorne, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD. Member’s Exhibition, Curator: Susan Dunne, (Pace-Wildenstein Gallery) Delaware center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE 1996 Stand-ins, Curator: Sarah Tanguy. Mclean Project for the Arts, McClean, VA. Beyond Traditions, Embracing Diversity, Curator; Thelma Golden, Ceres gallery, New York, NY. Biennial ’96. Curators: George Cicle, Julie Courtney, Susan Isaak and Nancy Miller Batty. Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE. Critic’s residency/ Critic’s picks, Curators: James Mahoney and Faye Hirsh, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD.
Selected Solo Exhibitions 1998 Peter Ivanoff, Drawings, Objects. College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Gormley gallery, Baltimore, MD
BibliographyCritics’ Residency Program Statement, Jeanne Silverthorne and Jo AnnaIsaacs, Washington Review, April/May 1998.Beneath the Surface: Contradiction, Parody and Process. Washington Review, Doreen Starling, April/May 1998.Picks of the Litter, Mile Guiliano, City Paper, Baltimore, MD April 11, 1998.A Look a Life with Tongue in Cheek, John Dorsey, Baltimore Sun, April 2, 1997.Allegory, Symbol-Icons and Iconology in the Sculpture of Peter Ivanoff,Washington Review, February/March, 1996.Critics’ Picks, Mike Guiliano, City Paper, Baltimore, MD, March 6, 1996.
CollectionsPortable Works and Renaissance collections, City of Seattle, WA. Awards Governor's citation, Maryland