Ivan Kende was ten years old when his family arrived as refugees in the U.S.A. in late 1956. En route, children were offered welcoming gifts. He chose, a pencil, a pocket notebook and a mysterious toy box with a picture on it. Landing in New York City the following day, restless from a very long plane ride, he drew a copy of that picture, his first sketch ever. He has been drawing ever since.

In the 90s, his earlier perspective based imagery transformed into compositions, ethereal in style, imbued with mythic content. After several years, his artwork shifted again into his more recent Neolithic cave art derived, symbolic interpretations. It was the coarse, visceral feel of pigments on the rough cave surfaces that prompted this final leap. In these new works metaphysical inspired concepts are depicted with materials those ancient cave painters had primitive versions of.

Ancient art forms and wisdom traditions have become the source as well as the intent of Kende’s imagery.






Select Solo Exhibits

2021   Flatlanders Gallery, Blissfield, MI
2017   Art on Madison, Lakewood, OH ( Cleveland )
2012   River House Arts, Toledo, OH
2011   Gallery 56, Memphis, TN
2010   Flatlanders Gallery, Blissfield, MI ( three person exhibit )
2009   Schedel Gallery & Arboretum, Toledo, OH
2006   The Tom James Gallery, Northville, MI
2005   Turkaly Gallery, Cleveland, OH
        Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea, MI ( two person exhibit )
2003   Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea, MI
2002   Toledo Museum of Art, Westgate Gallery, Toledo, OH
2001   Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea, MI
       Pierre Paul Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
1998   Yribar Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

Select Group Exhibits

2011  Flatlanders Gallery, Blissfield, MI

2010  Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
(“Art Inspires Art” Exhibition“)

River House Arts, Perrysburg, OH

2009   The French Art Colony, Gallipolis, OH

2008   Paoli House Gallery, Madison. WI

2007   Parkwood Gallery, Toledo, OH

Secor Gallery, Toledo, OH

2004   Turkaly Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2002   Toledo Museum of Art, TAA Exhibit, Toledo, OH

2000   Caelum Gallery, New York, N.Y. / Hiroshima, Japan
Pierre Paul Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

1999   Clare Spitler Works of Art, Ann Arbor, MI

Gallery 212, Ann Arbor, MI

1998  Caelum Gallery, New York, N.Y.

1995  Jan Miller Gallery, St. Augustine, FL


1960 – 64  The Art Students’ League, New York, N.Y.