Kurt Rostek

Horizontal painting with yellow and red clustered paint surrounded by shades of green textured paint strokes.


Oil on board


Exhibiting in the gallery April 1-14


The last 2 years have presented numerous challenges to everyone. The beginning of Covid isolation had me exploring past travel opportunities that have fallen away from my life, the result was a number of watercolours. However I needed to explore my creative life with something more immediate and intimate.

Plein air painting was a mode of work that had informed some of the past narrative of my life. My eyes became  open with my mind to landscape painting once again. The paintings I'm submitting reflect a new clarity. They represent actual plein air work as well as the resulting abstractions.


Kurt Rostek is a Toronto Canada based artist who calls himself, “just a simple painter”. There is however nothing simple about his history as an artist. His studio and exhibit history go back over 30 years, with a long association with Artists 25, a collective based in west end Toronto.

He was born in Toronto but raised in what was rural Ontario, now subdivisions and golf courses. His earlier works were water colour studies of birds, a theme that still occasionally pops up in his work and has since grown into large scale oil paintings.

His practice has since grown with constant reinvention. His mantra being that change is the only absolute truth. Every series he delves into gives him visual opportunities to explore his visual world from a different point of view.

The work he has so immersed himself in has influence from artists and movements as broad as Cubism, The Bauhaus, Abstract Expressionism, Painters 11, and the Automatistes. Formal education in his life has included a Visual Arts Diploma, Centennial College, Architectural Technologist Certificate, Ryerson University, and Fine Arts Studio York University (2 years).

Kurt’s work has been exhibited in Toronto galleries, as well as in New York City and once in Beijing. He has had the good fortune of having his work hang in private as well as public collections worldwide.

Artist Website:


Bottom right of every webpage is an Accessibility Widget that can alter the webpages as needed.
Top right of every webpage is the Menu button.
All links are highlighted in the colours purple, green, and peach
Images in the Annual Juried Show and Event Series pages are also links.
All other images can be clicked/tapped to get a closer look in image view. Clicking or tapping again will zoom into the image.
Click/tap outside the image to exit the image view.

Back to workmanarts.com