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Donato
Giancola
ARC Living Master™

Biographical Information

Donato Giancola balances modern concepts with realism in his paintings to bridge the worlds of figurative and commercial arts. From 'The Lord of the Rings' to Gericault's 'Raft of the Medusa', Donato's influences encompass visits to the local library and pilgrimages to the greatest of museums. Donato recognizes the significant cultural role played by visual art and makes personal efforts to contribute to the expansion and appreciation of the science fiction and fantasy genre that extend beyond the commercial commissions of his clients. To those ends, the artist teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and appears at various institutions, workshops, and conventions, from San Diego to Rome to Moscow, where he performs demonstrations in oil paint and lectures on his aesthetics.

Born in 1967 and raised in Colchester, Vermont, Donato moved to New York City to immerse himself in the inspired and varied art scene immediately after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University. Formative years in the early nineties were spent as the studio assistant to the preeminent figure painter Vincent Desiderio, and long days of study in the museums of New York.

Since beginning his professional career in 1993, Donato's list of clients has grown to include major book publishers in New York to collectors on the West Coast: notables include The United Nations, LucasArts, National Geographic, CNN, Microsoft, Simon&Schuster, Random House, Milton-Bradley, and Hasbro. Merits range from the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators in 2008 to notable awards from the Art Renewal Center's International Salons; eighteen Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists; three Artist Hugo Awards for outstanding professional work from the World Science Fiction Society; and multiple silver and gold medals from the juried annual Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art.

His studio is in Brooklyn, New York, where he resides with his wife and two daughters.

www.donatoart.com
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The Golden Rose

-2007
Oil on paper mounted on panel
121.92 x 91.44 cm
(48" x 36")
Private collection

Added: 2008-08-27
The Golden Rose
Eric Bright Eyes

Oil on canvas
Private collection

Added: 2004-12-25
Eric Bright Eyes
Thomas W. Jackson

Oil on canvas
Private collection

Added: 2004-12-25
"Allegory for the American Empire" (The French and Indian War)

-2004
Oil on paper mounted on panel
91.44 x 121.92 cm
(36" x 48")
Private collection

Added: 2008-08-27

Ashling

-2001
Oil on paper mounted on masoni
88.9 x 50.8 cm
(35" x 20")
Private collection

Added: 2008-08-27
Ashling
Construct of Time

-1993
Oil on paper mounted on masoni
27 x 18 cm
(10.63" x 7.09")
Private collection

Added: 2008-08-27
Construct of Time
Earth to Universe

-1998
Oil on paper mounted on masoni
50.8 x 45.72 cm
(20" x 18")
Private collection

Added: 2008-08-27
Earth to Universe
Elegy for Darkness­The Lady of Shalott

-2004
Oil on paper mounted on panel
144.78 x 116.84 cm
(57" x 46")
Private collection

Added: 2008-08-27
Elegy for Darkness­The Lady of Shalott
Farseekers: Journey

-1999
Oil on paper mounted on masoni
81.28 x 68.58 cm
(32" x 27")
Private collection

Added: 2008-08-27
Farseekers: Journey
Grand Master Robert Dluge" of the Free Masons of Pennsylvania

-2001
Oil on linen
101.6 x 76.2 cm
(40" x 30")
Private collection

Added: 2008-08-27
Grand Master Robert Dluge