Born in 1961 in New York City, Garin Baker was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Baker studied at the Pratt Institute in the early 80's when representational painting was discouraged by the mostly abstract and conceptual fine art department. He added to his studies by attending the Art Students League in New York City. Baker works primarily from life and on the spot studies. His paintings document a moment in time, exhibiting the highest form of Post Contemporary Realist Art. His subjects include complex compositions to simple figure studies. His pieces combine an expressive nature with a passionate engagement of a variety of subjects including large New York cityscapes filled with bustling people set in dramatic light situations to spacious rural landscapes reminiscent of the Hudson River School of Painting. At the core of his work is a strong sense of humanity and its relationship to the environment.
Baker has been listed in the Encyclopedia of Living Artists, and his reputation as a New York Realist is well recognized. He has attained the level of Art Renewal Center Associate Living Masterô. Baker was awarded the Grand Prize at Plein Air Easton 2013 Invitational. Last year, Bakerís work was included in the American Masters Exhibition at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City. His work has been featured in many publications including American Artist Magazine and Plein Air Magazine.