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Kosmas Ballis

Ferrari Gallery is pleased to represent Kosmas. He is an American ceramic sculptor.


The Anthropocene Series


Man in the Anthropocene Age.  The Anthropocene age is the scientific term of our current geological  period, described as the epoch in which man’s activities started having  significant global impact on the earth’s ecosystems. Man-made disasters  triggered by cataclysmic events are themes found in my sculpture. The  techniques used to create these works represent man’s ability to push  the limits of balance and control. The colors represent elements of  nature under extreme duress which are punctuated by the blackness that  represents uncertainty and ambiguity. My hope is that mankind will have  the wisdom to see that natural order exists, one that is greater than  man, and one that demands a harmonious relationship with man in order  for him to realize the fullness of creativity now found only in the  dreams of the visionary.



BFA Kansas City Art Institute 1995,

Studied with Ken Ferguson, Victor Babu, George Timock and Pete Pinnell

MFA Florida State University 1999

2019 European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWS), Oisterwijk, the Netherlands

2018 3 Person Exhibition of McKnight Artsits, including Anthony  Stellacchio & Eva Kwong, the exhibition will travel to various  locations in Minnesota for the year

2018 New Taipei Yingge Ceramics Museum, Solo Exhibition, Taiwan

2018 2nd Shangyu Celadon Modern Int’l Ceramics Exhibition, China

2018 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Invitational, New Taipei City, Taiwan

2018 The Mask Project Launch, Atlanta Merchandise Mart, Atlanta, GA

2017 Various lectures including: The Kansas City Art Institute,  Missouri, Northern Clay Center, Adolphus Gustavus University (both in  Minnesota)

2017 International Studio Guest Artist in Residency, Jingdezhen, China

2017 Kogei World Competition, Kanazawa, Japan

2017 McKnight Artist Fellowship, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

2016/ 2017 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, New Taipei City, Gold Prize / numerous

lectures / Residency

2016/ 17 Shangyu International Ceramic Center, Guest

Artist in Residence

2016 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, OH

2015 8th GICB, South Korea – Special Prize

2014 Lifeboat Foundation Advisory Board- New Money Systems Board / Media & Arts

2013 National Art Encounter 2012/13, Von Lebig Art Center, Naples, FL

2013 62nd Florida Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL

2012 Life Death & Everything Between, TAGA Gallery, Chico’s Headquarters,

Ft Myers, FL

2012 ArtFest Fort Myers, FL (juror)

2011 Craft Triennial Silvermine Arts, New Canaan, CT

2011 X Biennal Internacional de Ceramics, Manises, Spain (catalog)

2011 6th GICB, South Korea (catalog, film)

2011 Cheongju Int’l Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea (catalog)

2011 Intellectual Complexities, Longstreth Goldberg Art, Naples, FL (solo)

2011 Naples Inaugural Contemporary Crafts Exhibition- (I was the exhibition

coordinator and organizer. Mark Richard Leach was the juror. I also produced

a full color catalog)

2010 Selections from the Vault, Ohr-O’keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS

2004 & 2009 Giants of Sculpture, Naples, FL

2008 Kosmas Ballis- New Ceramic Sculpture, Fort Myers, FL (solo)

2006 Perchance to Dream, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA (catalog)

2005 GICBiennale South Korea (catalog)

2005 Museo Internazionale Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy (catalog)

2005 Ceramics Technical 18 (cover – Australian ceramics publication)

2005 NCECA Baltimore (solo) & 2001 NCECA Clay National, Charlotte, NC

2004 Jane Hartsook Gallery, NYC (Betty Woodman curator)

2001 NCECA Emerging Artist, Charlotte, NC

2000 The Evolutionary Bouquet Series- Chicago, IL (solo)