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Karel Funk lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada. He received a BFA from the University of Manitoba in 1997 and an MFA from Columbia University in New York in 2003. Over the last decade he has investigated the possibilities of figurative portraits that find a bridge between historical signifiers, the dominant being renaissance portraiture, and contemporary urbanism. Using acrylic paint Funk builds his portraits through a glazing technique, often taking months to complete one painting.  Funk has had five solo shows at 303 Gallery in New York, three museum shows and participated in several group shows in North America and abroad. In 2016 Funk was the subject of a museum retrospective held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. His work is in the collections of institutions such as the Guggenheim, Whitney Museum and the National Gallery of Canada, as well as many private collections.


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2018      Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2017      303 Gallery, New York

2016      “Karel Funk”, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada

2015      Galerie Division, Montreal, Canada

2014      “1+1=1: When Collections Collide”, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Canada

2012      “Winter Kept Us Warm” curated by Anthony Kiendl and Noam Gonick,

               Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada

              “The Perfect Show”, 303 Gallery, New York, NY

2011      “My Winnipeg”, curated by Guy Maddin and Noam Gonick La Maison Rouge – Fondation Antoie de Galbert, Paris, France

2010      303 Gallery, New York, NY

2009      Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN

2007      Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal Canada





Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY