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Gary Maria studied at the Art Students League of New York, the School of Visual Arts, and New York University during the late 1970s and early 1980s, after having
graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1976 with a BFA in Advertising Design. Major artists with whom he studied in New York include Ted Seth Jacobs, David Leffel, John Howard Sanden, Jack Faragasso and Clyde Smith. Immersed in both the commercial and fine art worlds of New York, Gary spent much time in the major museums of that city, as well as in European capitals. He traveled abroad several times to round out his education and see the Masters’ works in their original settings, while trying to form his own drawing and painting idiom. Portrait and figure painting led Gary to a career in paperback book jacket illustration. He also worked as a fine art print colorist at Millpond Press after moving to Venice. In 2004 he returned to…

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  • Male
  • Born on November 11
  • Joined August 29, 2011

Favorite materials

Graphite Pencil, Conte Pencil, Charcoal, Pastel, Watercolor, Oil

About

Gary Maria studied at the Art Students League of New York, the School of Visual Arts, and New York University during the late 1970s and early 1980s, after having
graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1976 with a BFA in Advertising Design. Major artists with whom he studied in New York include Ted Seth Jacobs, David Leffel, John Howard Sanden, Jack Faragasso and Clyde Smith. Immersed in both the commercial and fine art worlds of New York, Gary spent much time in the major museums of that city, as well as in European capitals. He traveled abroad several times to round out his education and see the Masters’ works in their original settings, while trying to form his own drawing and painting idiom. Portrait and figure painting led Gary to a career in paperback book jacket illustration. He also worked as a fine art print colorist at Millpond Press after moving to Venice. In 2004 he returned to the Northeast to study again at the Art Students League for several years. In 2010 he began teaching Academic Portrait Drawing from the live model at the Venice Art Center in Florida. Gary’s greatest interest in fine art is portraiture, working in both drawing and painting media while striving for accurate characterization and technical craftsmanship. His fine art work aspires to the traditions of nineteenth century academic realism.

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