(Scroll down)GENE COSTANZA - BIOGRAPHYGene Costanza is a contemporary realist painter of traditional subject matter, focusing primarily on landscape and man's interaction with it. Costanza is equally “at home” in his studio as well as outdoors, painting “en plein air.” Taking advantage of hindsight, he explores far ranging and diverse artistic methodologies to craft his unique and engaging paintings.
Over twenty-five years of his life was spent in law enforcement. Gene served in such specialties as SWAT, K9 Handler, K9 Supervisor, Patrol Supervisor and Detective. About mid-career, the desire to return to artistic endeavors resurfaced after having been abandoned in his early twenties. Though dormant, there was a constant underlying desire to again delve into the mysteries of paint. Costanza retired from law enforcement in 2004 to pursue painting full time.
Though mostly “self-taught,” he has studied via the workshop experience with a number of great contemporary artist/teachers including Kevin Macpherson, Matt Smith, Jeffrey Watts, and has a long standing close personal and professional friendship with Scott L. Christensen. It is Christensen whom Costanza credits with most of his growth. Frequently these two can be found painting, fishing, hunting or just enjoying the fellowship of intimate friendship.Costanza is married and has two grown sons.Biography
(Scroll down)MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:The Academy Museum Easton, MDPrivate collection of the St. Joe CompaniesRECENT AWARDS:HONORABLE MENTIONTop 50 Greenhouse Gallery Salon International 2004American Impressionist Society 2006,2007(First Annual) ARTISTS CHOICE/PATRONS AWARD –Painting the Forgotten Coast – 2008PUBLICATIONS:International Artist Magazine – How Did You Do That? 100 Ways to Paint Flowers and Gardens, 2004PLEIN AIR NEW MEXICO – Jack Richeson art book productionsSELECTED SHOWS:Several One Painter Shows throughout the 1990’s - Opus 5 Gallery, Eugene, ORPainter/Sculptor Two Man Show 1996 -In the Hall Gallery, Eugene, ORSolo Exhibit - City Club of EugeneBest and Brightest – Scottsdale Artist School, 1998Group Show - Robert Canaga Gallery, Portland, OR - 2000Group Landscape Show - Kneeland Gallery, Sun Valley, ID - 2000LCMA Fall Art and Book Browse Group Show – 2002, 2003Three Artist Invitational – Kneeland Gallery, Sun Valley, ID – 2004Juried Salon International – Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX – 2004Solo Exhibition – Fraser Fine Art, San Francisco, CA - 2005Plein Air New Mexico Juried – Invited artist – Dec. 200525th Annual Plein Air event – Kneeland Gallery, Sun Valley, ID - 2005Small Gems Juried Exhibit – Alla Prima Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL -2006East Meets West – Alla Prima Fine Art., St. Petersburg, FL - 2007Painting the Forgotten Coast Invitational – Apalachicola, FL – 2007, 2008Four Artist Show - Ladew Gardens - 2008RECENT JURIED/INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS:International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art – Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX - May 2004Best of Plein Air – Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc. 2007 (2 pieces)American Impressionist Society – 2006American Impressionist Society – 2007 (2 pieces)Plein Air Easton – July 2007Salon Invitational – Hilligoss Gallery, Chicago, IL -2007Oil Painters of America - Western Regional 2008AFFILIATIONS:Professional Member – National Academy of Professional Plein Aire Painters (NAPPAP) - 2005 - 2007Signature Member – Plein Air New Mexico 2005-2006Artist Member – Laguna Plein Air Painters of America (LPAPA)Artist Member – Oil Painters of America (OPA)Artist Member – The American Impressionist SocietyMember -California Art Club (CAC)ART TRAINING:Lane Community College 1971-75Workshops: Tom Browning, Rusty Stecher, Matt Smith, Kevin Macpherson, Scott Christensen, Jeffrey Watts , Craig NelsonEDUCATION:Bachelor of Science degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management - University of OregonResume
Ideally I would like the work to speak for itself. Tobe so well designed and executed that no amount of discussion brings to light the esoteric.
I want my work to speak to you from across the room and draw you in. I have heard folks say, “I want to be there,” when viewing some of my work.
Since many of my pieces are places I have been, usually with good friends, I have succeeded if that is how you feel about a piece too.Artist Statement
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