George Ceffalio

GEORGE CEFFALIO is an Award Winning Artist whose works have been displayed in several local, regional, and national exhibitions. He has received numerous awards including several Best of Show. George is best known for his rich vibrant colors and creative depiction of the subject. Design is foremost and each painting is unique.

He has pursued an art education with Palette and Chisel Academy of Art and by participating in many workshops taught by nationally and internationally renowned artists throughout the United States. Some of these, including David Leffel, Rose Frantzen, and Mike Capser, were influential in having the most significant impact on the development of his own unique artistic style. Good design, originality, luminosity, and intensity of color are the hallmarks he strives to attain.

George is a member of numerous art associations including the Palette and Chisel Academy of Art, Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, Dupage Art League, Naperville Art League and Downers Grove Artist’s Guild.

He has been teaching oil painting classes and workshops in the Chicago area for the past several years. His enthusiasm and love of art transcend to his students who are now winning awards!

George’s paintings appear in private and corporate collections in both the United States and Canada. He has had several Solo Exhibitions as well as Gallery Exhibitions and is represented by the Brigantine Gallery in Downers Grove, IL, Milward Farrell Gallery in Madison, WI, Aaron Galleries in Glenview, IL and Filsinger Gallery in Palm Desert, CA.

A short list of his favorite artists: Rembrandt, DaVinci, Singer Sargent, Rubens, Andrew Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, David Leffel, Richard Schmid, Mike Capser, Roger Dean, William Matthews, Howard Terpning…..he could go on and on.

Artist Statement

My oil paintings are Classical Realism with many of them in the chiaroscuro style (the contrast of lights and darks).  I have always admired the skill and beauty of the Old Masters and they serve as my inspiration. Very early on I decided to paint on wood panel for both its quality and longevity. High-quality oils paints are used for their deep and vivid colors.

The still-life paintings start with a focal point, I search out objects whose form, texture and color inspire me. Once I choose an object to paint I will add a mix of complimentary items, textiles, fruits, foliage, often raiding my garden for just the right piece. Portraits and landscapes are painted from life, sometimes using photographs for reference. The paintings all begin with an underpainting to establish the composition and create the foundation for the darker features and subsequent layers of paint.

From concept to completion the paintings are created solely by me, usually surrounded by music, in my home studio.

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