Voted Time Out Magazine’s Most Creative New Yorker, dubbed a re-inventor of collage, the Big Kahuna, profiled on BBC and featured by Forbes, as a self-represented artist, Borbay curates, promotes and manages all aspects of his work.
A Boston University graduate, Borbay’s work encompasses four spheres: portraiture, locations, live event painting and branding.
Borbay’s portraits focus on celebrity. Delving into the complexity of each subject, he has texturally recreated the likeness of stars including: Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Justin Theroux, Daniel Day Lewis, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne.
Frequently painting on-location, Borbay has set-up his easel around the world in famed locations and destinations including: Walt Disney World, The Guggenheim, Las Vegas, Milan, Minneapolis and Shanghai.
Many of his live event paintings benefit charities, and include: Birdies for Breast Cancer, Broadway Bares at Planet Hollywood and The Roseland Ballroom, Hope For Them Foundation and ARTPROV at Michaels.
In April 2012, the Major League Baseball Fan Cave launched, showcasing four of Borbay’s works. In 2011, Bomb Wines released their Oregon Pinot Noir, featuring a label painted and designed by Borbay. Also in 2011, Advertising Week commissioned Borbay to create a painting which appeared in the back of NYC Taxi Cabs, Business Week, Fast Company and AdWeek.
Covered by press across the world, including Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Times, The Source, NBC’s The Grio, Complex and BlackBook Magazine — you can get in touch with Borbay here.
May 2013-June 2013: “Situation Raw“, 10 West 18th Street, Manhattan
January 2013-February 2013: “Kick Ass Actors in Kick Ass Roles“, 10 West 18th Street, Manhattan
April 2012-November 2012: “Major League Baseball Fan Cave“, 692 Broadway, Manhattan
March 2012: “Big Lobby Art“, Open House Gallery, 201 Mulberry Street, Manhattan
January 2012: “Gratiffyti“, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
September 2011: “#KingsOfHipHop“, 85 10th Avenue, Manhattan
July 2011: “Clipped“, 90 Stanton St., Manhattan
April 2011: “Klimat“, 77 East 7th St., Manhattan
April 2010: “Painting Resurrected“, 393 Broadway, Manhattan
January 2010: “Urbania“, 200 5th Avenue, Manhattan
A Window Into the Past
Borbay’s professional career began as a graphic designer in Boston, immediately followed by a six month stint on low-budget reality TV. Having saved some green whilst acting the fool, Borbay moved to Manhattan with his friend the art dealer, and spent 2003-04 as a stand-up comedian and producer.
Stumbling home down Fifth Avenue on night, his friend Rory gestured upward saying “I know someone who need someone in this big black building.” 24 hours later, he was interviewed and hired at The Trump Organization. After nearly two years of wheeling and dealing in development, he moved on to an advertising recruiting firm.
From there, Borbay landed a job at an interactive advertising firm, where he started out as a recruiter and pr guy, and quickly worked his way up to Business Director. Today, Borbay is a professional artist, who works and resides in the Upper East Side of Manhattan with his acupuncturist/herbalist wife, Erin.