Eugene F. Hollander or Gino Hollander (born August 4, 1924 in New Jersey, U.S.A.) is a self-taught American painter. He began painting around the beginning of modern art in New York City during the abstract expressionist movement.
Gino's father was in the fur business, enabling the family to travel to Europe including a nine month stay in Paris. At age 13, Hollander experienced his first adventure with a 1,000 mile bike trip up the Connecticut River Valley alone. Hollander was a member of the United States Army's 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops and is a veteran of World War II.
In the mid-20th century, he was a successful filmmaker along with his wife Barbara Hollander before he started painting in 1960, during the abstract expressionism movement in New York City. He became one of the group that defined this movement and whom all hung out at the famous Cedar Tavern. Acrylic paint was just emerging at that time and Hollander was among the first to explore its possibilities. From 1960-1962, he had his studio and the first Hollander Gallery on Bleecker Street, in Greenwich Village. During that time his paintings sold to the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Steve McQueen, Norman Rockwell, and Ralph Lauren.
Despite having experienced initial success in New York, Hollander moved his family to Spain in 1962, to find his voice in painting. He often bartered paintings to support his family while he continued developing his style. Hollander and his wife Barbara took their children on archaeological trips, following the road construction crews which were building new highways throughout Spain, unearthing ancient treasures. They created Museo Hollander, renamed Pizarra Municipal Museum, located in Cortijo de las Yeguas. The museum was to exhibit this collection of Spanish artifacts that span along with Hollander's own paintings. In 1990, the Hollanders donated their museum to the government of Spain and were nationally awarded in honor of the King's birthdate a Medallion de Plata for contributing to the country's growth in tourism.
After nearly 20 somewhat reclusive years in Aspen, Colorado during which he appeared in the film "Mountain Town", Hollander gave in to his lungs' demands in the near 8,000 foot altitude and moved with his wife Barbara to Ojai, California.
At around 750 feet in elevation, Hollander continues to paint in the new Mediterranean-like climate without the constant need for an oxygen tank which he used while living in Aspen.
Hollander's work is reflective of his ethos; he makes art because he must, and while he is aware of the art world, it's only vaguely so. His work is honest and emotional; he paints for himself. He has no wish to engage in a dialogue with the viewer. It is for him to paint, for the viewer to view. He refuses to title his paintings. He tells no stories. To him, “there is nothing verbal about a canvas. A painting is simply one way to express a feeling and feelings can only be made less if they are talked to death."
His portraits are purposely poised on the far edge of nothingness, faces left blank or at best enigmatic. His figures are abstracted and his abstracts disturbingly figurative. He'll paint through the day and on into the night, each canvas a different mood. From stark black and white to a splash of brilliant colors and on to a subtle moody sepia, then back to a black and white, gentle this time. He is a complex man and his canvasses reinforce this complexity in the very simplicity of their form and content.
HG Sullivan St., Greenwich Village, NYC 1961 - 1st painting sold here.
HG, Bleecker St., Greenwich Village, NYC 1962-1967 - paintings sold here provided money for the move to Spain.
HG, 950 Madison Ave., NYC 1967-1972 - across from the Whitney Museum.
HG Torremolinos, Costa del Sol, Spain 1962-1963
HG Atalaya Park, Costa del Sol, Spain 1964-1985
HG Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella, Spain 1965-1985
HG Mount St., London 1966-1976
HG Marbella Club Hotel, Spain 1967-1990
HG Hollander-York, Toronto 1968-1980
HG West Broadway, NYC 1970-1982
HG Hamburg, Germany 1975-1978
HG Museo Hollander, Cortijo De Las Yeguas, Spain 1982-1990 – archeological museum as well as a charitable organization.