Before there was a “concern decade” and political correctness became mandatory, a generation of unsung artists expressed their earnest outrage against the issues of the day. Nuclear arms build-up, Apartheid and US policy in Latin America were themes often found in their art even though their art was seldom to be found on the walls of major galleries and museums. One of the most prolific members of this school is Julius Valiunas, an artist whose commitment to social causes ranges in expression from painting and sculpture to performance art and managing alternative spaces.

Valiunas is best known for his series of expressionistically painted sculptures in which political imagery is combined with found objects such as car hoods. As a performance artist, he has staged events in New York and Amsterdam and was a cast member of the multimedia play, Heartbeast. He has organized numerous group exhibitions around social themes and, in this capacity, helped found 10 on 8 and the One Main Street Windows. 

Valiunas was born in 1953, and raised in New Rochelle, NY. He is the son of a Lithuanian diplomat who was instrumental in the struggle for Baltic independence. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia College of Art in the early 70’s. After graduation he moved to New York City to pursue a career as a painter. Through the years he has worked both independently and in collaboration with artist collectives, among them: P.A.D.D., Group Scud and Artists for All Species, an animal rights organization.

Valiunas’ latest work,  “Country Canvasses” will be featured throughout the month of June as part of the “In-situ” exhibition in Narrowsburg, NY where he currently has an open air studio. The exhibit will be open on weekends from 1 to 4 pm and by appointment. For more info on this show, click HERE.

 

original content by Robert Costa, updated for J. Valiunas website 2019

Julius V. Valiunas


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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES:

Born: New York 1953
Education: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1975
Board of Directors, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 “Artifacts From The Future”, Nutshell Arts Center, Lake Huntington, NY

1994 “Essential Signage”, The Bridge-Alternative Art Space

1992-1993
“Is This Rotten Or Wonderfully Brave”, One Main Street Installation Space

1991
“Constructive Ambiguity”, Ridge Street Gallery
“The Oil & Water Show”, Kentler International Drawing Space

1989
“Free to Pay”, The Gas Station/Space 2B, New York City
“War, Peace & Victory”, Sculpture Exhibition, Memorial Arch, Grand Army Plaza

1982
“Milwaukee Airport Installation:, Polaroid/Xerox/C-Print Progression,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1981
“Geopolitical Cartography”, 10 on 8, New York City

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

1994
“Recycling With Imagination: Art From Detritus”, Metro Regional Center, Portland, Oregon
“Pier Show 11”, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

1993
“The Death: Born In The Usa”, Lithuanian Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
“Works On Paper”, Kentler International Drawing Space

1991
Why War”, B 4 Art Gallery
“Elements Of Drawing”, Ammo Exhibition Space

1990
“Selections”J, 55 Mercer Street Gallery
“The Decade Show”, The Studio Museum of Harlem
“Sculpture and Painting”, One Main Street Windows
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
1989 “Earth Remembered”, Hook Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Tropical Rain Forest” Sundered Ground, New York City
a benefit for Green Ink, Inc. to save the Ecuadorian Rain Forest

1988
“Making Waves”, Prospect Park Boathouse, Sponsored by the
Prospect Park Alliance

1987
“Concrete Crisis”, (The PADD Project). Exit Art Gallery, New York City
“SCUD”, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Art Mix/87”, Avenue B & 2nd St, New York City
“BWAC Sculpture”, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, Brooklyn, NY
“Masters of Waste”, Ammo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1986
“All Species”, 10 on 8, New York City
“BWAC Sculpture”, Emprie-Fulton Ferry State Park, Brooklyn, NY
“Free For All” Food Stamp Gallery, New York City
“Artists For All Species”, Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, New York City
“Five Years Exhibition”, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY
“Drama/Trauma”, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 “Artists Support Black Liberation”, La Galeria En El Bohio, New York City
“Mass”, coordinated, curated and sponsored by Group Material.
The New Museum, New York City. Show toured the United States.
“SCUD/Vending Machines”, Seibu Stores, Tokyo, Japan
“Feminists & Misogynists Together At Last”, Center of Contemporary Art,
Seattle, Washington
“The Corporate Lobby Show”, Mokotoff Gallery, New York City
“13-19 Exhibition”, Ammo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1985
“State of the Union – State of Mind”, Judson Memorial Church, New York City
“All Species”, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY
“Feminists & Misogynists Together At Last:, Ave B Gallery, New York City
“Arts & Technology Festival”, University of Nova Scotia, Canada
“Masters of War”, Ammo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Massive Political Group Show 2”, ABC NO RIO, New York City
“BWAC Sculpture”, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, Brooklyn, NY
“Fashion Moda Presents Democracy At Work”, 22 Wooster Street, New York City
“Brute Force”, Casanada Gallery, New York City
“Homeless NYC”, Storefront For Art & Architecture, New York City
“Art Against Aparthied – Issues In Focus”, Boricua College, Brooklyn NY

1984
“Xmas Tree Show/BACA”, Brooklyn, New York
“Artists Look At US Politics In The 80’s”, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA
“Art Against Aparthied”, 10 on 8, New York City
“Racist America”, Dramatis Personae Gallery, New York City
“All Species”, Broome Street Workshop, New York City
“Philosophies On The Art Process”, Caidoz, Amsterdam
“SCUD”, Art Dump, Brooklyn, NY
‘L’Espirit Encyclopedique, New York Public Library, Thompkins Square, NY
“Pan Arts”, Kamikaze Karnival Klub Show, New York City
“The Spoils of Acetate”, Outdoor Slide Theater, New York City
“BWAC Sculpture”, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, Brooklyn, NY
“Alternative Aesthetic”, ABC NO RIO, New York City
“Artist Call”, L.E.S.S. SPACE, P.S. 122, New York City

1983
“Mapped Art: Charts, Routes, Regions”, Two year show touring throughout the US,
curated by Peter Frank. Began in 1981.
‘Preparing For War”, Terminal Show, Brooklyn, New York
“BWAC at BACA”, Brooklyn, NY
“Postmodern Man”, L.E.S.S. at P.S. 122, New York City
“Milwaukee Invites New York”, Perihelion Galleries, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
“Subculture”, Group Material, IRT Subways, New York City
“New York Art Parade, New York City
“Works For All Species”, 10 on 8 , New York City
“Newspace”, L.E.S.S. at P.S. 122, New York City
“Ritz Show”, COLAB, Washington, DC
“CA I DOZ”, 226 East 3rd Street Mural, New York City
“Grabag”, City Gallery, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City
“BWAC Sculpture”, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, Brooklyn, NY
“SCUD Attacks”, Soho, New York City

1982
“Down and Out of New York”, Wake Forest University, North Carolina
“The Monument Redifined”, Gowanus Annual 2, Brooklyn, NY
“Milwaukee Airport Polaroid/Xerox/C-Print Installation”, Wisconsin
“All Species” 10 on 8, New York City
“Williamsburg All Fools Show”, AAA Art, Brooklyn, NY
“Shoot To Kill”, performance (Everybody is Laughing)
“4th Annual 100 Artists Show”, 10 on 8, New York City

1981
“Monumental Show”, Gowanus Memorial Artyard. Antartica Mural. New York City”
“BWAC”, Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY
“SuperBob/Bobsband Installation, 10 on 8, New York City

1980
“Bobsband Collaborative Series, New York City
“BWAC/Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY

1979
“BWAC/Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY
“Bobsband Collaborative Series, New York City

1978
“Bosband Collaborative Series”, 10 on 8, New York City

1973
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
1974
Museum Exhibitions, Philadelphia, PA

PERFORMANCE ART

1993
“Art Around The Park”, Live Action Painting, Tompkins Sq.
1992
“HEARTBEAST” HEAP Theater, “Action Painting, European Tour.
Leipzig, Neubrandenburg, Munich, Germany
1990
“Happiness Is A Warm Gun”, WEBO, New York City
1989
“HEARTBEAST”, ABC NO RIO, New York City
1982
“All Fools Show”, AAA Art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

CURATION

1988- 1989
One Main Street Windows”, Sculpture Exhibitions, Brooklyn, NY

1984
“L’ Espiriti Encyclopedique”, Tompkins Square Library, NYC
“Artists Call”, P.S. 122 Gallery, NYC
1983
“10 on 8”, Co-curated, NYC
“Preparing For War”, The Terminal Show, Brooklyn, NY

PUBLICITY & INTERVIEWS

1994
The Record, September 2, garden fresh: art in the garden state, Leslie Seifert
“Cover, The Underground National”, Summer ’94, BWAC, Robert Costa

1991
The Phoenix, January 31, “Exploit/Expose-Why War”, Tom Wachunas

1989
Radio 100, Amsterdam Underground Pirate Radio, “Heartbeast”
De Volkskrant, July 21, “Heartbeast”
New York Press, May 19, “Free To Pay”

1988
The Newspaper, February 11, “88 Show”, Heller & Hallgren

1986
East Village Eye, March, “Corporate Lobby Show”, Sylvia Falcon

1983
New York Magazine, October 10, “Terminal Art”, Kay Larson
Village Voice, December “Thumbs Up”, Guy Trebay

1982
Milwaukee Journal, July 25, “Going PUblic”, James Auer

1978
Artists In The City, WNYC FM Radio, Doris Friedman

POSITIONS & AFFILATIONS

1993-94
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, President
1992-94
Heap Theatre, Member, Co-Founder
1980-1983
10 on 8, Project Director

GRANTS & AWARDS

1991-1992
The New Forms Regional Grant Program, administered by the Painted Bride
Art Center, funded by the Inter-Arts program of the NEA, the Rockefeller
Foundation & the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Interdisciplinary Program.