NEKE CARSON BIO
Neke Carson was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas. He studied, on a Scholarship, at the prestigious art school Rhode Island School of Design. After graduation he came to New York City and got involved in the scene at the Andy Warhol Factory appearing in Warhol's films and painting Andy's portrait at the Factory.
During this time he also became point man and chief satirist for a new art form known as Performance Art. He performed in several galleries and became Director of Performances at the Robert Friedus Gallery in Soho. In the later part of the decade he founded LaRocka Modeling Agency, that promoted an alternate concept of beauty, which is now widely used as the new standard in today's marketing strategies. He has written about fashion for the Village Voice and other fashion magazines. In an article for Marabella Magazine he got 7 well known designers such as Tod Oldham, Betsey Johnson and others to redesign the hospital gown. The concept was also presented on Good Morning America TV show.
He returned to the art world with a series of Kinetic Sculptures, that became part of a one-person show at the Holly Solomon Gallery. With his new work in portrait photography he was given a one-person show at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg.
At the age of fifty he sat down at the piano and taught himself to play. Shortly thereafter he was performing at a six-month engagement at the world famous Petrossian Restaurant in New York City. He has also given a lecture on the third eye in Tibetan Art at the Rubin Museum of Art that included a piano concert while Tibetan images were projected in the concert hall. Along with his exhibition at the Warhol Museum he also lectured and gave a piano concert on the opening night of the exhibition.
For the past twelve years he has been curating events at The Gershwin Hotel in Manhattan. Carson continues to play the piano, make art and present such talent as Debbie Harry, Jared Harris, Billy Collins among others at the Hotel and elsewhere.