Gary Gagliano is an American painter was born in Chicago's west side in 1972 and attended the American Academy of Art Chicago. He works mainly in enamels on canvas in large scale paintings, sometimes as large as 10’x30’. The work engages a thought of what we see as a complete universe from our micro being to our farthest reaches into space; as if our interior being of cells and neurons and our vast universe are both colliding with energy to create a whole being. A transfer of energy is where Gagliano resides in his work from the outer limits of the world we live in and the interior universe of ourselves. This is where he finds energy exploding just the same.
While studying at the American Academy of Art Chicago, he had taken several trips to New York to begin setting things up and moved east soon as he graduated with a degree in Fine Art and Illustration in 1992. He immediately set up a studio and quickly jumped into the biggest creative scene of New York City in the early 90's working at the most notable night clubs of the era: Club USA , Limelight , Palladium, Tunnel; where he found himself working with the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Kenny Sharf among others, as he was part of the art department team for the vibrant downtown New York club scene where he would also spend his nights engaging with all types of cross worlds. This was the new scene of its day; what Studio 54 and AREA were to the New York artists of the 80’s, these clubs were for the artists of the 90’s; the most important figures in art, music, dance, photography, fashion, socialites, wall street moguls, homeless kids and rich trust fund baby’s all collided there, and he soaked up all that creative energy from the moment he arrived in New York at the age of 19 and continued to do so until he was 26 with a two year stay in Los Angeles in-between while maintaining a studio to make art in both cities.
In 1996 when all four clubs were shut down at once under the orders of Mayor Giuliani, he decided to travel to Thailand where he set up a studio in a small village in the mountains of Northern Thailand and tucked himself away for some years and dove deep into painting. After some time in Thailand, he began to gravitate towards the Thai Buddhist traditions and spent a few years years traveling with monks through several countries in Southeast Asia, but continuing to travel back and forth from his NYC studio to his Thailand studio in the mountains.
But it wasn't until 2004 that he decided to show work and sold his first paintings to Mark Zeff for the Night Hotel in NYC. Soon after, he was commissioned in 2005 by Andrew Rosen & Mark Zeff to create a large scale painting for the permanent lobby installation of the new Theory clothing line building in New York’s Meatpacking District; which is on display to this day. Since then he has been showing in NYC galleries and is mainly working on commissioned large-scale pieces. His paintings of the past 10 years live in private collections spanning Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, London, and his work is currently being sold in NYC, Paris, and Bangkok.
He now resides and works between his studio in New York and Bangkok.
the paintings start with an expressive attitude stringing paint along in various directions extremely fast, as if you were watching flight plans stream across the globe. then the webbing is initiated which starts to take a global shape, breathing in and out randomly following the course of the strings and abruptly changing direction giving the feel of fast to slow movements. after composition is complete this is the point in which the process begins to slow down and then the dots begin to appear and the landscape starts to take shape. masses are created and built much higher than others , some are left stark and empty like a desert solely on a visual and compositional basis. some are layered to a pinpoint , some are left broad, this is where the painting is nurtured to its completion.. No one component is less important than the next it is a community where there is power in numbers coming together to create one thing one being , color or size does not matter they are made up of the same components pigment is not an issue but sharing space is essential . its a build a construction they create there own shadows they shadow themselves they shadow others and in return reflecting light just the same …. but in an instant it will all change……..