Colton Kruizenga

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Colton Kruizenga

United States

Colton Kruizenga B. 1990


Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan Colton began shaping his imagination at an early age and naturally discovered the vast world of fine art. Quickly becoming obsessed with drawing and painting he received his BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2013. He currently lives and works in Queens, New York, pursuing his career goals in the Fine Art Industry. Kruizenga works predominantly with graphite, pastel, ink and charcoal media, creating drawings that he would describe as subtle narratives that demonstrate consideration for technique and mark making.


In 2019 he won 1st place from juror Vincent Desiderio at the Offscreen Art show in Brooklyn for his drawing “Sorrowful Midwest” and was featured in the April 2018 Issue of American Art Collector for Editor’s choice: Emerging Artist Selection. In 2016 his drawing “Legs are for Sundays” was published in the Manifest International Drawing Annual 11 Publication. His work has been featured in various group shows and competitions in New York City and the American Midwest including Dacia Gallery (2018 & 2019) 98 Orchard St. Gallery (2019) Ground Floor Gallery (2019) Art Elevated Banner Competition (2018) Greenpoint Gallery (2017) the UICA (2016) and ADC Fine Art Gallery in Cincinnati (2016).


Colton Kruizenga’s focus is to create images that give the impression of an unfolding, or perhaps already unfolded circumstance or narrative, without overtly dictating to the audience just what that story is. He emphasizes the figure, it’s relation to the environment, their interaction with an object, by using specific mark making techniques and style.



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