My name is Borbay. I’m an artist. This is my story.
Born (1980) and raised in Nesconset (NY) — my childhood was pure magic. We played outside every day and didn’t have cell phones. Much love Mom, Dad, Dan and Tim.
My teen years revolved around sketchbooks and running — this combo scored me a ride to Boston University. As for the picture, I only lead the first mile, finishing 16th in 30:35 over 10k at Franklin Park — it was the race of my life.
Following a brief stint on low budget reality TV, I moved to Manhattan in 2004 and became a stand-up comic. That fall, I randomly interviewed at The Trump Organization and got the job. Worth noting, I wasn’t fired.
— Zack O. Greenburg (@zogblog) July 17, 2014
On July 11, 2007 — I met the girl of my dreams.
After my days at Trump Tower, I worked as a creative recruiter at Update Graphics… eventually placing myself at Fantasy Interactive as business director. My time was split between our TriBeCa and Stockholm offices.
Jet lagged, I took a vacation. While painting on Big Beach in Maui, I realized the world didn’t need another ad man.
So, I left Don Draper’s world on July 2, 2009 and became Borbay — a full-time, professional, self-represented artist.
That summer I painted my first Guggenheim — I’m creating one each year for 20 years.
I sold my first paintings to a collector based in Italy… but threw in shipping (rookie move). Turns out it was cheaper to hand-deliver the pieces, so I did and spent a week painting in Milan.
The good vibrations shattered when I broke my leg during an ice hockey game on Erin’s birthday (another rookie mistake). Fortunately, there was a recession and my Cobra had a massive deductible.
While my savings vanished, I was named Time Out Magazine’s Most Creative New Yorker and discovered my New York Post collage style… expensive, but fruitful R&D phase.
In 2011, my first cohesive body of work, the #KingsOfHipHop, was showcased at Publicis Modem’s Meatpacking District headquarters — it made Forbes.
On July 9, 2011 — Erin and I were married in her parents back yard, almost exactly four years to the day we met. Thank you Tom and Jeanne.
A year later, my work was hanging in the Major League Baseball Fan Cave in Manhattan (point deduction for using QR Codes).
My 72mph heater wasn’t enough for the majors, but I did present paintings to Robinson Cano and David Robertson in the minors.
My 2013 solo exhibition hosted by Wix in their Union Square digs, Kick Ass Actors in Kick Ass Roles, sold out.
I began going to Vegas every year to paint, and got involved with Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS. Benefiting the charity, a painting I created in 25 minutes at Planet Hollywood live auctioned for $6,000.
In July of 2013, Coraline was born in our 1BR apartment on East 20th street. I have more than paint on my shirt these days.
Not long after, Simon & Schuster commissioned me to paint the cover for Forbes writer Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s second book — Michael Jackson, Inc.
To close out 2014, this painting auctioned for $14,000 to benefit the Serena Willams Foundation.
In February of 2015, Vega joined the Borbet’s. We signed a two-year lease as man and wife, and left as a family four. Guys, two home births and an art studio — full deposit refund.
That March, I began writing about art business on Forbes.
One month later, we moved to Exuma (The Bahamas) for a two-month artist residency. Thank you Peter.
In July of 2015, we did the unfathomable and left Manhattan. We arrived in Minnesota, put our stuff in storage and became a nomadic family of four.
Following a beautiful two month layover in Minnetonka, we were off to Jackson Hole for a three-month, self-funded artist residency. We loved it so…
We are moving our base of nomadic operations to Victor, Idaho (population, 2,088)! Our new 3300 square foot estate is just 35 minutes from downtown Jackson.
Joined by my good friend — photographer Greg McMahon, we drove 38-feet of truck 1200 miles… arriving in Victor, Idaho. Footage was captured for a documentary.
My Western Solo Debut exhibition at The Art Association of Jackson Hole was extended late into the summer.
Our journey to Victor caught the attention of Vice media’s Tonic…
My second show in Jackson was a smash!
The story continues…