American Figurative Exhibition
31 May - 23 Jun 2012
A collective exhibition of American figurative paintings by Paul Oxborough, Cesar Santos, Michael De Brito, Daniel Greene, Steve Huston, Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso & Zach Zdrale
MICHAEL DE BRITO
Michael De Brito is a Portuguese-American artist born in 1980. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the Parsons School of Design and has also studied at the New York Academy of Figurative Art and the Salmagundi Club. A recipient of numerous awards, including a Pollack-Krasner Grant and the Frank C. Wright Memorial Award, his work was included in the 2006 BP Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. Even before reaching the age of thirty, he had received four Best-In-Show awards from juried national competitions. The members of his close knit family are often the inspiration for his work. There is great maturity to his technique and the profound connection to his subject matter make his paintings both familiar and moving. His most recent accomplishments included winning “Best in Show” from the Visual Art Center’s Juried Exhibition. One of the most prestigious highlights of his young career was his selection to participate in an exhibition at Museu da Presidencia da Republica, the presidential museum in Lisbon, Portugal.
GABRIELA GONZALEZ DELLOSSO
Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso was born in New York City in 1968. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts then continued her studies at the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy of Fine Arts. Her very first one-woman exhibition took place in 2006 at the prestigious Butler Institute of American Art. In addition, Ms. Dellosso’s work has been exhibited at the Allentown Art Museum, Arnot Art Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Trenton City Museum and the Katonah Art Museum among other venues and is in several permanent museum collections. She is the first female artist in the almost 140 year-old history of the Salmagundi Club to be selected to create a “Presidential Commission.” Her creativity and masterful technique have garnered her over twenty-five awards in the past decade, including first prize at the New Britain Museum of American Art and Phillip Isenburg Memorial Award from the Salmagundi Club. Her Cuban-Ecuadorian heritage plays a major influence in her paintings and although there is a strong suggestion of a narrative, she primarily wants the viewer to realize that things are not always what they appear to be.
DANIEL E. GREENE, N.A.
Daniel E. Greene, N.A., born in 1934, has been elected to the Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame. Representing the United States, his work was included in the first International Biennial of Pastel in San Quentin, France. In the category of oil painting he was awarded American Artist’s Magazine’s first lifetime achievement award and the Oil Painters of America named him to their Hall of Fame. The American Society of Portrait Artists presented him the John Singer Sargent award for life long dedication to the achievement of excellence in portraiture. He has been awarded the gold medal by the American Portrait Society. Mr. Greene was also the annual honoree of the Salmagundi Club and was presented their gold medal. In the winter of 2011, he was awarded The Trailblazers Award from the American Forum for Realism and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. Mr. Greene’s paintings and pastels are in over 700 public and private collections in the United States and abroad. He is undoubtedly considered one of America’s finest realist painters of any generation.
Steve Huston, born in 1959, is a native of Alaska who received his degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He first established himself as a successful illustrator, commissioned by such high profile clients as Paramount Pictures, MGM, Playboy Magazine and Warner Brothers. Mr. Huston held a faculty position at the Art Center, as well as teaching courses in life drawing, anatomy and composition for the artists and animators of Disney, Warner Brothers and Dreamworks SKG studios. He discovered his unique voice as a fine artist when he turned his eye towards the world of boxing, a sport he had participated in as an amateur. In that world of extreme physicality, he found a metaphor for the strugglesandchallengesthatmostofusfacealongourownindividualjourney. His works are poetic, poignant and masterfully powerful, and his figures are iconic archetypes of masculine and feminine line and form. Mr. Huston’s work is sought after by private collectors, as well as his fellow artists and many prestigious members of the contemporary art world.
PAUL G. OXBOROUGH
Paul G. Oxborough was born in Minnesota in 1965. He began his studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design before entering a four-year apprenticeship at the Atelier Lessuer, a rigorous program adhering to a stringent French academic tradition. He has since amassed numerous accolades for his work and received international acclaim for his one-man exhibitions in both New York and London. To his ongoing list of impressive credentials is his inclusion in the BP Award Exhibition on three separate occasions in 2005, 2007 and 2009. This is a rare honor for non- UK artists, however each year one of his extraordinary portraits (including that of great American contemporary artist, Chuck Close) has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, The Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in Sunderland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. He was also selected for the inaugural Outwin Boochever Exhibition in 2006, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Other impressive achievements have been winning “Best in Show” from the International Art Renewal Center Competition, as well as being awarded “Grand Prize” from the American Society of Portrait Artists. Mr. Oxborough draws inspiration from his extensive international travels from the Bayous of Louisiana to the cafés of Paris, from the docks of Lucerne to the African Kalahari. His work is a reflection of his life, an ongoing journey of not only himself but of the world around him.
Cesar Santos is a Cuban-American artist born in 1982. He studied at Miami Dade College and the New World School of the Arts before travelling to Florence, where he trained at the Angel Academy of Art under the tutelage of Michael John Angel. He returned to Miami, where he developed his philosophy of marrying both the classical and the modern juxtaposed within one painting. His influences range from the Renaissance to the masters of the nineteenth century to Modernism. With superb technique, he infuses a harmony between the natural and the conceptual to create works that are provocative and dramatic. He has been the recipient of numerous accolades including a first place award from a competition sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Santos has had exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America, including the Villa Bardini Museum in Florence, Italy and the Frost Art Museum in Miami, Florida.
Zack Zdrale, born in 1977, attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his undergraduate degree and for four consecutive years was on the Honor Role. He then attained his Master’s Degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he would then become an instructor. His paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States in both solo and group exhibitions. Mr. Zdrale has thrived in his craft creating figurative works that are at once dynamic and elegant. His mastery of chiaroscuro and understanding of the human form has given him the means to paint dramatic and powerful compositions with the interplay between the figure and their surroundings.