Berkeley College Presents the Paintings of Leon Nicholas Kalas - From Abstract to Realism


Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122




Berkeley College is exhibiting the artwork of Leon Nicholas Kalas at its New York City Midtown Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street.  This exhibit is on display from September 4 through 28 – Monday through Friday – from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, September 13, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

Born in Athens, Greece, and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Leon Nicholas Kalas says, “Creativity was always part of my life.  I have painted ever since I can remember.”  The artist adopted a variety of styles and approaches from abstract to realism. He developed his talents through self-discipline, passion, and a keen interest in humanity, all of these skills honed over a lifetime and refined in his later years at the New York Academy of Art, the Art Students League of New York, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

Of his work, Mr. Kalas says, “Painting to me is a life force, not a career. My work consists mostly of figurative and portrait paintings; however, I do experiment in various art movements such as pure abstract, abstract expressionism, minimalism, symbolism, and conceptualism. All art movements interest me.”

His work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; the Library of Congress; the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AK; the Ministry of Culture in Bucharest, Romania; the Museul de Art in Cluj-Napoca, Romania; the Royal Collection of Morocco; and the Royal Collection of the King of Greece.  This past spring he also exhibited at Berkeley College in Brooklyn.   

He has been published in New York Arts magazine, Boheme magazine in Paris, France, and Brooklyn Fine Arts magazine.  Mr. Kalas has participated in art camps for cultural exchanges in Morocco and Romania. He has painted portraits of actors Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis, fashion designer Valentino Garavani, Fidel Castro of Cuba, and singer Harry Belafonte. 

For more details about the exhibit, please e-mail Berkeley College Curator Robert Keiber at or call 212-252-2065.

Photo Caption:  “NY Subway Series” from artist Leon Nicholas Kalas’s exhibit on display at the Berkeley College New York City Midtown Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street, from September 4 through 28.   

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