Born 1953, Cleveland, Ohio; lives and works in New York City.
April Gornik is an American artist who specializes in landscape painting and drawing. She earned a B.F.A. in 1976 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada. Since the late 1970s she has been an important member of the New York arts community.
Gornik’s dramatic landscapes, luminously lit and often eerie, display striking intersections between land, sea, and sky. Her realist yet dreamlike paintings speak to America's historically conflicted relationship with nature.
In 2004, a mid-career retrospective was organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY/Purchase, NY, and traveled to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE. In 2009, the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY presented a survey exhibition of her work entitled The Luminous Landscapes of April Gornik.
Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.