Ken Kamerman, artist, veteran, teacher, chef and designer, was born in the Central Valley of California and raised in the small town of Ceres. This is where he became interested in the arts and started to develop his skills in art and music. He graduated with honors at the age of 15 from the nationally acclaimed Art Instruction School.
Ken is a Vietnam era veteran, first serving in Fort Riley, Kansas. He created the “Abilene 3” cover brochure for the annual wreath laying ceremony at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Ken is also a musician and while there he was honored to play the trumpet at the ceremony honoring the last Spanish American War veteran.
During his tour of duty he had the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe and view artworks by the great masters such as Picasso, Miro, Tanguy, El Greco, Delvaux, Max Ernst, Bosch, benton and Duchamp. He was especially interested in the imagery of surrealist Salvador Dali. Ken’s style, painterly qualities, and imagery tend to be reflective of the above mentioned artists. He has coined his own genre as “Abstract Surrealism” which is rooted in his personal imagery series and formatted for viewing in his omni-directional concept.
He has also studied technical illustration, sign painting, and seasonal holiday window painting. Continuing a 45 year tradition he still paints holiday windows throughout the Central Valley and Tuolumne County. He moved to Sonora in 1979 pursuing art, music, teaching and the culinary arts. He worked at many top restaurants in Tuolumne County for several years. Then Ken did design and drafting for projects including ones at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the Gerald Ford Museum, the Sesame Street Water Playground in PA and a display as the King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia.
He currently teaches art for the Modesto City Schools and also is a 17 year member of the Rod Harris jazz group known as the Columbia Big Band. Ken has one daughter that is also a very distinguished winemaker for the Bryn Mawr vineyards in Oregon.