“My Aim as artist is to use the eyes of my heart to penetrate this concrete world and to fill the viewer with awe by rendering the sublime”. - Nicora Gangi, 2011
In 1998, Gangi was one of three finalists chosen by Artist Magazine for their yearly competition. In 2000, she was featured in the Pastel Artist International magazine and Design magazine, CMYK, has featured her pastels in their juried Illustration section in 2000, 2001, and 2002. In 2001, she was awarded the highly prized and honorable Harris Popular Award from the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y. In 2003 she was the featured artist in American Artist magazine. American Artist Highlights Still Life magazine featured her pastels in 2005. And in April 2005 The Pastel Journal awarded Gangi the Grand Prize.
Gangi, now residing in New York City continues to lecture regionally and nationally as a visiting artist at colleges, universities and artist’s guilds.
"My training as an artist has been as a printmaker. I learned how to print an image that was drawn onto a litho stone, after I had gained the understanding of how to print images in black and white I was then trained in the manner of mixing and using colored inks. Eventually, I was trained how to create more colors using a layering technique. As a result of this training, I utilize this layering technique in my pastels, watercolors and now my oil paintings.
Applying more layers of under painting creates the darker values of the composition. After the surface is thoroughly dry I then lightly sand it, I apply pure color next. Again there is allowance for the drying, after which more thin applications of color pigment and pale oil is painted over the previous layer. This method continues as many times as needed to complete the painting. A final layer of a matt varnish is applied and allowed to dry thoroughly.
2011 The Pastel Journal Unison Award, Cincinnati, OH
2011 MME Fine Art, Kindred Spirits