Koral was born in 1966 in Montclair, New Jersey, the second child of Peter Loli Pflucker and his wife, Annette. His father was a native of Peru and his mother was born and raised in Manhattan. The family moved to Peru shortly after his birth, but the difficulty of life there caused his mother to return to New York where she soon divorced. She married again in 1969 and with her new husband, Samuel J. Wynn, raised her two sons on Long Island outside of New York City. Mr. Wynn eventually adopted the two boys. Koral showed early signs of an artistic ability which greatly influenced his entire life.
An enthusiastic student, he began college at the age of sixteen. At Southampton College, now Long Island University, he studied drawing with Robert Munford. He also studied advertising art and printing at the Technical College in Farmingdale. In 1984 he entered the Art Students League of New York where he studied portraiture with John Howard Sanden and figure drawing with Gustave Reburger. In the summer of 1985 Koral entered an art program with Parsons School of Design in Paris.
During that trip, Koral went to visit Gerberoy, a medieval city in the Normandy region. There he met the French Impressionist painter Andr__ Van Beek who invited him to paint landscapes with the Salon Des Arts de Pontoise. Koral accepted this invitation and during this time he was able to meet and study with Andr__ Corteel, the president of the Salon Des Artistes Fran__ais. Corteel helped Koral to find a small studio in Paris next to his own. After two seasons in France painting landscapes and portraits, the young artist returned to America.
While pursuing a degree in philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Koral was developing a new style of painting. Terry Netter, the director of the Staller Center for Fine Arts, was teaching a course on the philosophy of aesthetics. An artist himself, Netter agreed to sponsor a directed study course for Koral, who became his prot__g__. Working in the same studio with Netter, Koral developed the highly stylized and layered figure painting for which he is now known. In the summer of 1987 he held the first exhibition of paintings in his new style.
In the fall of 1987 Koral returned to Paris, for the fourth time, and brought the work with him. During the next year much of this early work was sold. Koral continued his studies of philosophy at the Universit__ de Paris, La Sorbonne. He learned to speak French fluently. While in Paris Koral also studied fencing with Americo Gavino, the International Master. Gavino, a Peruvian,is the artist's cousin. In 1988 Koral returned to America and finished a BA in philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook. Then, at twenty two years old, Koral set up his first art studio in Tampa where he began painting full time.
During a trip to New Orleans in 1989, Koral discovered the French Quarter. Seduced by the charm of Le Vieux Carr__, the artist set up a small studio in the French Quarter. However, it was not until 1991 when Koral returned to New York that he began work on the new series of large and colorful canvases which eventually became "The Foundation Series". Seventeen in all, these paintings depicted elements of his early influences, theater, music and literature. Although colorful and modern, the work maintained its roots in traditional academic drawing. Working in a cottage in Stony Brook, Koral would often take breaks from the large, modern canvases and go to East Setauket to paint watercolor landscapes in the French Impressionist style he learned with Andr__ Corteel.
In 1992 during a road trip to New Orleans Koral discovered Pensacola and Florida's Emerald Coast. He moved there in 1993 and painted for two years. Koral taught art at Pensacola Junior College. Pensacola suffered through hurricanes Erin and Opal. During this time Koral made his first efforts at publishing his work as limited edition prints. The artist succeeded in selling the remainder of the Foundation Series and was ready to start something new.
In 1995 Koral returned to France. He found an apartment in the heart of Paris with a view of the Sacr__ Coeur. 2, rue de la Petite Truanderie, 75001, was the address, which translates to "street of the little truancy". There he set up a studio and began a new series. The quartier where he lived was called Les Halles. Jugglers would train there daily and during their breaks the artist and the jugglers would often play chess. This inspired Koral to paint fifteen canvases, and incidentally, to learn to juggle. In 1997 the painter left Paris.
After completing a number of commissions in New York and Tennessee, Koral settled for a time in Florida. Here he was able to meet other artists, such as Hessam and Lee White, who have had a profound effect on his work. The paintings from Paris were sold mostly in the United States. Florida became a home base, with an abundance of collectors of the new work.
Although Koral had been painting dancers and performers for most of his life, it was at this time that he began to experience a fascination for ballroom dance. He began to spend a great deal of time with dancers of various styles including Ballet, Modern, Latin and Ballroom. It was this consistent interaction which inspired the artist to begin training and to eventually become a dancer himself.
It was hurricane Ivan which, having devastated Pensacola, inspired Koral to venture out West for the first time, to explore Santa Fe and San Francisco. Later, hurricanes Dennis and Katrina rendered the Gulf Coast a less than favorable environment for the artist to thrive. He decided to move out West.
After spending some time in Colorado, Koral finally relocated to the Seattle area, where as an artist and a dancer, he is in good company. There, he is training extensively in the Standard and Latin styles of dancing and painting about his experience. His latest series is based on the ten competitive ballroom dances. Limited edition prints of these paintings will soon be available.
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