My name is Borbay. I’m an artist. This is my story.

Jason T Borbet Childhood Headshot

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.

Borbay College

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.

Donald J Trump and Borbay

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.

Girl of My Dreams

On July 11, 2007 — I met the girl of my dreams. 

Borbay Business Director

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.

Borbay Painting in Maui

Jet lagged, I took a vacation. While painting on Big Beach in Maui, I realized the world didn’t need another ad man.

Borbay The Artist

So, I left Don Draper’s world on July 2, 2009 and became Borbay — a full-time, professional, self-represented artist.

20 Guggenheims

That summer I painted my first Guggenheim — I’m creating one each year for 20 years.

Borbay In Milan

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.

Broke My Leg

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.

Portrait Of The Artist As A Not So Young Man

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.

Borbay KingsOfHipHop Reception

In 2011, my first cohesive body of work, the #KingsOfHipHop, was showcased at Publicis Modem’s Meatpacking District headquarters — it made Forbes.

Erin and Jason Wedding Day

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.

Borbay MLB Fan Cave

A year later, my work was hanging in the Major League Baseball Fan Cave in Manhattan (point deduction for using QR Codes).

Borbay Cano Haveron Mascot Robertson © James Petrozzello Photography James Petrozzello Photography

My 72mph heater wasn’t enough for the majors, but I did present paintings to Robinson Cano and David Robertson in the minors.

Borbay And The Oringers at Kick Ass

My 2013 solo exhibition hosted by Wix in their Union Square digs, Kick Ass Actors in Kick Ass Roles, sold out.

Borbay And The Gazillionaire at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

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.

Borbay Becomes a Dad

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.

MH the Verb and Borbay Back to the Futurism

My fourth solo show, Back to the Futurism, went down at Wix’s new Chelsea home. MH the Verb got this painting for his album cover, I acquired a custom song for Coraline.

Michael Jackson Inc on USA Today

Not long after, Simon & Schuster commissioned me to paint the cover for Forbes writer Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s second book — Michael Jackson, Inc.

Borbay And Serena Williams

To close out 2014, this painting auctioned for $14,000 to benefit the Serena Willams Foundation.

Luckiest Man Alive

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.

Borbay Speaking at Forbes HQ

That March, I began writing about art business on Forbes.

Borbay In Exuma

One month later, we moved to Exuma (The Bahamas) for a two-month artist residency. Thank you Peter.

Leaving Manhattan

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.

Family Teton National Park

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 To Victor Idaho

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.

Borbay In Idaho Photo by Greg McMahon

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.

Borbays Painting Light Jackson Hole Exhibition

My Western Solo Debut exhibition at The Art Association of Jackson Hole was extended late into the summer.

Borbay and Tonic Vice

Our journey to Victor caught the attention of Vice media’s Tonic…

Art Barre Soiree Poster March 4 2017 Jackson Hole

My second show in Jackson was a smash!

Enter Esser

The biggest news of 2017 arrived early — Esser Thomas Lee joined our family! Now our girl-boy-girl-boy-girl seating schematic is complete.

Borbay Four Seasons Jackson Hole Artist in Residence

Beginning Saturday, May 27, 2017, guests of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole will find yours truly painting in the Ascent Lounge as the Artist-in-Residence.

Jackson Hole Jackalope Painting by Borbay

In June of 2017, my Jackalope painting won the “Spirit of Wyoming” contest… you can win this piece in a raffle, with all proceeds benefiting The Art Association of Jackson Hole.

The story continues…

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