A native New Yorker of Norwegian descent, Greta Gundersen has lived in New York City, California, Spain and South America. She graduated with a BA in Fine Arts and a BA in Psychology, with Honors, from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1979. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts in New York, and at Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic, and has apprenticed with painters Miguel Arguello in Spain and Francisco Ruiz in Colombia.
Gundersen is presently represented by select private dealers located throughout the country, as well as the Gerald Peters Gallery in New York City, and by Fedri Fine Art Advisory in Dallas.
Recently of note, her artwork was favorably received during the Spring 2012 NYC Armory Art Fair in Gerald Peters Gallery’s booth. Over the years she has been represented by Gerald Peters Gallery in Dallas; Thornwood Gallery in Houston and Dallas; Harrison Gallery, MA; as well as with the McGrath Galleries, New York, NY; Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY; Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, New York, NY.
In 2009, her work was featured in exhibitions held in Massachusetts, New York City, Dallas and Houston. Prior to this year, Gundersen has exhibited at The Loretta Goodwin Gallery in Birmingham, AL; Southwest Texas University, San Marcos, TX; Arts Worcester in Massachusetts; the Fair Oaks Gallery in San Francisco, CA; as well as at the Altos de Chavon Gallery in the Dominican Republic, and Centro Cultural Ciudad de Buenos Aires in Argentina. Past museum exhibition highlights include The Islip Art Museum, Long Island, NY; The Alternative Museum, New York, NY; Marymount Manhattan College Gallery; The National Academy of Design, New York, NY; The Organization of Independent Artists, New York, NY; The Brooklyn Museum.
From 1981 - 1990 Gundersen was the director of BACA Downtown, a nonprofit visual and performing arts center in Brooklyn, New York. Curating over 80 exhibitions, she visited hundreds of artist studios and produced nine years of theatrical programming, earning her an OBIE Award "for keeping experimental theater alive and well in New York City."
In 1990 Gundersen became the Artistic Director of The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at the World Trade Center. There she worked with visual and performing artists to create public installations, events and festivals throughout the Financial District. For over 10 years she served as a panelist and consultant with The Rockefeller Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., The Jerome Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Jim Henson Foundation, among others, reviewing work by artists and organizations from around the country.
Gundersen left New York City in 1995 and now lives in Western Massachusetts, painting full time.