Dividing her time between residences in New York and Alexandria, Virginia, Barbara enjoys a busy career as a professional artist. She exhibits nationally and internationally and continues to win accolades, including completion of Ajira’s Emerge 2000 business program for artists, a 2008-2009 Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation award, and grants from the Templar Trust In Lichtenstein.
If Andre Serrano were a painter, he would do a Barbara Rachko. Indeed, the advent of an erotic consciousness that Serrano initiated in the hyperrealist medium of photography now extends to canvas; Barbara Rachko newly interprets painting as the subject/object 'capturing site' of the 360-degree perspective of the hieros gamos.
-Dr. Lisa Paul Streitfeld
Barbara Rachko's antecedents are not in the folk traditions of the cultures she studies and embraces, but rather in the sophisticated strategies of Henri Matisse (who was a master at mixing patterns) and Edgar Degas (who exploited the power of oblique angles and cropped figures).
It is undeniable that, like de Chirico, Barbara Rachko has created a unique, original, and very private landscape.
Rachko has done a spectacular job at allowing viewers to understand her, her approach to art, and her techniques... The diversity of her background and experiences has certainly had a significant effect on her unique and remarkable approach to art, and her ability to consistently create such important works of art.
Hear Barbara's Yale Radio Interview.