Tyler Vouros


Tyler Vouros creates hyperrealist naturalistic imagery, using charcoal as his medium for drawing and painting. He earned his MFA from the New York Academy of Art, before returning home to the Pioneer Valley where he resides with his wife and two young children. He maintains his studio practice in an old factory building on a canal in Holyoke, MA and is an award-winning educator working in drawing, painting and foundations. He is currently teaching as an Assistant Professor of Art at the Community College of Rhode Island.

His work has been exhibited at venues including: the Richard J. Demato Gallery, The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Sotheby’s, Flowers Gallery, Neue Leipziger Messe, Rockport Center for the Arts, Collier West Gallery, Pier Sixty Chelsea, Art Miami and Art Southampton, Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Art Institute at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Bozeman Art Museum. Appearances in publications include American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, Western Art Collector, Manifest INDA, Artscope Magazine, and Glasstire Magazine. Other accomplishments include a residency grant in Leipzig, Germany from the NYAA and Villore Foundation, a sponsorship grant from MASS MoCA and a residency at the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, TX. Vouros has completed several special projects and commissions, including a collaboration with Grupo Cortefiel and artwork for French fashion house CHANEL. His work is held in the permanent collections including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Art and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.


For me, a heavyweight hotpressed watercolor paper is the ideal substrate: it has natural luminosity, it’s smooth but still has a nice tooth, and it can stand up to a bit of abuse. Since I work reductively, I begin my process by toning the entire surface with charcoal, a chamois and large dry brushes, before beginning any detail work. From there, it’s a push/pull dynamic. I introduce more dark layers of a rich velvety compressed charcoal while digging into the fibers of the paper through the use of various erasers and sandpaper to restore areas of light, leaving a soft lustrous glow. There’s something so innately pleasing about the tactile haptic feedback of dragging different implements across a nice sheet of Fabriano.

After nearly 20 years of working with charcoal and paper as my primary medium, I’m still enamored with the inherent simplicity of such elemental materials. For me, it’s full circle: I get to use beautifully versatile supplies originally derived from nature – pressed wood pulp and charred sticks – to represent the natural world.


I grew up in a town without a stoplight, in a log home surrounded by wilderness. My work explores visual world-building using flora & fauna, set within old master landscapes. I’m equally driven by creating tactile illusions with the push/pull method of charcoal. 

The references come from rescued birds at ‘On the Wing’ in Epping NH, where their mission is building awareness of raptors, through rehabilitation, educational programs and falconry.


2011 MFA New York Academy of Art
2009 BFA University of Massachusetts Amherst
2007 AFA Greenfield Community College

Solo Exhibitions
2019 “Tenebroso,” May/June 2019, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX
2018 “nún isilmë,” Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield, MA
2017 “Night Vision,” Collier West Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 “AFTER-LIFE,” SEEN Gallery, Pawtucket, RI
2014 “A Memory of Light,” Paper City Studios, Holyoke MA
2013 “Field of Decay,” Westfield State University Downtown Gallery
“Cortefiel Back in Town Collaboration,” Artwork for Boutiques, Holyoke MA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 “Birds in Art 2019,” The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
“Rockport Art Festival,” Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport TX
2018 “Birds in Art 2018,” The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
“Faculty Exhibition,” CCRI, Lincoln, RI
2017 “TAKE HOME A NUDE 2017,” Honoring John Alexander, SOTHEBY’S, New York, NY
“Faculty Exhibition,” Franklin Pierce University, Thoreau Art Gallery, Rindge, NH
“11th Annual SUMMER EXHIBITION,” curated by Matthew Flowers, Andrew Russeth, and Joyce Varvatos, Flowers Gallery NY, NY. June 20th – July 15th, 2017
“Book Ends,” Herter Gallery, Amherst, MA
2016 “Picturing the Unprintable,” Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
“TAKE HOME A NUDE 2016,” – Honoring Jane Holzer, at Sotheby’s, New York, NY
“10th Annual SUMMER EXHIBITION,” curated by Matthew Flowers, Ken Johnson, and Helen Toomer, Flowers Gallery NY, NY
PCS80 Summer Exhibition, Paper City Studios Gallery, Holyoke MA
“A Moveable Feast,” CW Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2015 “Small Works Show,” Collier West, December 12th, Brooklyn, NY
“TAKE HOME A NUDE 2015” – Honoring Tom Wolfe & Jerry Saltz, Sotheby’s, NY, NY
“New Works,” Collier West, Brooklyn, NY
“Let’s Get Weird Together,” Pop-up show, curated by Josh Gale and Cory Dixon. Special Guest, Bob Colacello. Brooklyn, NY
“8th Annual SUMMER EXHIBITION,” Juried Exhibition, Flowers Gallery NY, NY
“The Book Show,” Taber Art Gallery, January 26th thru February 26th, Holyoke, MA
“Our First Show,” at SEEN Gallery, February 5th – March 9th, Pawtucket, RI
2014 “VISION,” at ‘The Yai Gala 2014.’ PIER SIXTY, Chelsea, New York, NY “LUCID VISIONS,” Panepinto Galleries, 371 Warren St, 4th Fl, Jersey City, NJ
“TAKE HOME A NUDE” – at SOTHEBY’S, 1334 York Avenue, NYC
“Making Abstract Art,” Exhibition Preview, in conjunction with Dean Nimmer’s book release Gateway City Arts Gallery, Holyoke, MA
“8th Annual SUMMER EXHIBITION,” Juried Exhibition, Flowers Gallery NY, NY
“Transformation is Timeless,” Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield MA
“Tribeca Ball, second annual pop-up exhibition,” 111 Franklin St, New York, NY
2013 “TAKE HOME A NUDE” – Honoring Walton Ford, at Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, NYC
“Faculty Exhibition,” Greenfield Community College South Gallery, Greenfield MA
“Art Southampton,” Curated by Eric Fischl, NYAA alumni, Southampton, NY
“Summer Exhibition,” Juried Show, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY
“Inside – Out,” PCS80 Gallery, Holyoke, MA
“Tribeca Ball, pop-up exhibition,” 111 Franklin St, New York, NY
“Chanel Fine Art for Boutiques,” Reception, New York, NY
“Single Fare 3,” RH Gallery, 137 Duane Street, New York, NY
“Traces,” Neue Leipziger Messe, through March 2013, Leipzig, Germany
2012 “Hidden in Plain View,” Paper City Studios Gallery, Holyoke MA
“The Drawing Room,” Nikki Milavec Gallery, New York, NY
“Line,” A Drawing Show, curated by Dina Brodsky, Karl Koett and Tun Myaing, the cell, A Twenty First Century Salon™, New York, NY
2012 “An Exhibition by Tyler Vouros and Josh Gale,” GCC South Gallery, Greenfield, MA
“The Ones,” Wilkinson Gallery, New York, NY
2011 “Seeing in Black and White,” Richard J. Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
“Self Portrait as Monster Truck II,” Kleio Projects, New York, NY
“Art Hamptons,” Richard J. Demato Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
“Uncharted,” Wilkinson Gallery, New York, NY
“A Meeting of Minds,” New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
“From the Barn to the Apple,” Herter Gallery, Amherst, MA
“Single Fare 2,” Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY
“College Art Association NY Area MFA Exhibition”, New York City, NY
“Self Portrait as Monster Truck,” New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
2010 “Leipzig Residents at NYAA,” New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
“Sommerausstellung im LIA,” Leipzig, Germany
“Self Portrait Show,” New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
“Sketchbook Show,” New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
2009 “The Boston Biennial,” juried exhibition, Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston, MA
“Marriott Center Gallery,” Amherst, MA
“Cornucopia,” Herter Art Gallery, Amherst MA
“The Carnival Show,” GCC South Gallery, Greenfield, MA

Residency, Awards, & Grants

2019 Rockport Center for the Arts, May/June 2019, Rockport, TX. Including Honorarium, Solo Exhibition, Studio, and Housing for family.
2017 Mass MoCA, Assets for Artists Grant, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
2016 & 2017 Meritorious Performance Award, by Mass Society of Professors
2015 & 2016 Offered: Vermont Studio Center, Financial Award
2015 Distinguished Faculty Award Nomination, Nominated for highest honor in teaching.
2014 & 2016 Teaching Award. Recognized as an influential faculty member by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Great Grey Owl Drawing, Best In Show Award. In conjunction with “Transformation is Timeless,”
Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield MA
2011 Leipzig International Artist Residency, Leipzig, Germany. 2 months
2010 New York Academy of Art International Residency Scholarship
Strathmore Paper, 500 Series Charcoal Pads Artwork
New York Academy of Art, Merit Scholarship
The Boston Biennial, a best in show award for painting
2009 University of Massachusetts Amherst, Merit Scholarship
Greenfield Community College, Transfer Award in Painting

2019 Manifest, INDA 13, Feature, Curatorial forward by Kim Curtis, Why the Eraser is my Favorite Drawing Tool. Juried Annual Publication of Works of Recent Contemporary Drawing.
Glasstire {Texas Visual Art} Review: Betsy Huete, Tenebroso at Rockport Center for the Arts, May 15, 2019
2018 Andrew McGivern, Curator of Exhibitions, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Harry Potter & Creatures That Go Bump in the Night October 31st, 2018.
“Birds in Art 2018”, Exhibition Catalog, Forward by Kathy Kelsey Foley, “Birds & Art Are Good for Our Souls. Tyler Vouros, Bubo Scandiacus pg. 126.
American Art Collector -‘From Up Above,’ September 2018 – Issue 155. pg.145, pg. 144 with Great Horned Owl.
2017 Manifest, INDA 11, Feature, Juried Annual Publication of Works of Recent Contemporary Drawing.
2016 Kerry Thompson, curatorial forward, “250 Degrees,” CW Gallery Blog, February 21st,
Manifest, INDA 10, a Juried Annual Publication of Works of Recent Contemporary Drawing.
2016 Manifest, International Drawing Annual 10, a Juried Annual Publication of Works of Recent Contemporary Drawing.
2015 American Art Collector, John O’Hern, Photography by Francis Smith, a Sag Harbor Treasure, July 2015, ISSUE 117. Page 057
Artscope Magazine, Review: Suzanne Volmer, After-Life at SEEN Gallery, May/June 2015
Elizabeth Roman, “Western Massachusetts artists display work at SEEN Gallery in Rhode Island,” Masslive.com, January 20, 2015
2014 Dean Nimmer, “Making Abstract Art,” F + W Media, inc. 2014
Joseph Borzotta, “Lucid Visions” at Panepinto Galleries, the Gallery Guy BlogSpot. Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
“Westfield State at 175 Benefit Calendar” Westfield State University, MA
2013 Carley Dangona, “Exhibit showcases the beauty in death,” The Reminder, January 25th, 2013
2012 Anna-Louise Rolland, “katalog LIA Traces,” September 2012
Guno Park, “2011 New York Academy of Art graduate Tyler Vouros shares his thoughts and current life with us from his studio in Holyoke, MA.” http://vimeo.com/58939392#at=0
Huffington Post, “The Drawing Room: Artists and Their Sketchbooks Occupy a New York Gallery” Patrick McGinnis, May 10, 2012
Arte Fuse, “Just Draw the Line,” Oscar A. Laluyan, April 6, 2012
2011 “Uncharted,” Exhibition catalogue featuring an essay by Donald Kuspit
Bonnie Wells, “Camelot with easel and chipmunk” Amherst Bulletin, February 25, 2011
Huffington Post, Arts, 2011 Tribeca Ball at New York Academy of Art Preview, Preview “Shelob” (dried sunflower #2)

Additional Education
2011 Copyist, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Masters Classes with Odd Nerdrum, Vincent Desiderio and Will Cotton at the NYAA
2007 Continuing Education, Massachusetts College of Art at Greenfield Community College

Public Collections
CHANEL, Art for Boutiques
Leipzig International Art Foundation

Assistant Professor at the Community College of Rhode Island

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