John Folchi was born in the Bronx and studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan. He received his BA in 1977 and his MA in 1980, both from Lehman College where he studied with noted Greek artist Theo Stavropoulos. During the 1970s he participated in group shows at the Bronx Museum of Art. In the early 1980s, he exhibited at the Terrain Gallery in Soho. In 2000, he received a solo exhibition at the Sears Peyton Gallery in Manhattan.
In 2013, he received a solo show “In the Park” at the Images Briarcliff Gallery in Briarcliff Manor, NY and also participated in group shows at the Brian Morris Gallery in the Lower East Side, the CCCP Gallery North Light, the Friday Studio Gallery, and Loft 594 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the e Gallery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and the Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz, New York. He also received a solo show at the White Plains Public Library.
His work was shown at the Hoadley Gallery in Lenox, Mass and the Mary Childs Studio in Great Barrington. He is represented by Kevin Barry Fine Art in Los Angeles and Las Vegas and Fresh Paint Art Advisors in Culver City, California.
John’s father, William P. Folchi (1922-1992) was also an artist and the subject of retrospectives at the Cultural Association of the Molise Region in Long Island City in 2012 and the Lehman College Library in 2012-13. His father’s work is currently in the collection of the Huntington Free Library in the Bronx and film director Tim Van Patten.
In 2013, there were two solo exhibitions of John’s Hudson River Valley landscapes at the Warner Library in Tarrytown and the Gallery on Cedar in Dobbs Ferry. John’s work was also included in a two artist show at the Just Art Gallery in Providence, RI. In the summer of 2014, the Project Space of the Brian Morris Gallery presented a solo show titled “Reflections of Perceptions on the Periphery.”
In 2015, his work was the subject of the solo show “Abstract Utility” at the Kimmel Galleries in NYU on Washington Square, and was included in the invitational exhibition “Artists to Watch” at the Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC. His work was exhibited with that of his late father, William P.Folchi, in the show “Bronx Views: Different Views” at the Gilbert Stuart Pavilion of the Defner Museum at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale in 2015. The Elder Gallery in Charlotte NC presented a solo exhibite “Town and Country” in 2016.