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Artist Biography

“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

Nicora Gangi was born in Indiana in 1952 and was educated at the Hartford Art School (Hartford,Connecticut), Montclair State College(Montclair,New Jersey), and Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York) (BFA 1974 and MFA 1976). She was a professor of art at Syracuse University for 29 years and now resides in New York City.

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, already recognized & acclaimed for her pastels, received a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation to teach herself to paint in oil and in a very short time she had mastered the technique. In her oils, just as in her pastels,  she uses color and value to depict dramatic light and reflections. Even more and beyond technique, Nicora captures and celebrates the beauty of anything she paints.

In September of 2011, MME Fine Art expanded their reach by offering to represent Gangi. Her magnificent oils made their debut in her first New York solo show titled, Kindred Spirits. The show featured recent works inspired by the great Hudson River School artists and proved to be incredibly successful.

Gangi, now residing in New York City continues to lecture regionally and nationally as a visiting artist at colleges, universities and artist’s guilds.

Painting Method:

"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.
When I begin an oil painting, I prime a cotton canvas, or an archival cotton paper or a wood panel with gesso. As I apply the gesso, I work to create a very flat smooth surface on which to begin my painting. On top of the white ground, I would outline, in very thin paint, where the first under panting was to be placed. The under painting is done in one color which becomes the base tone for the whole painting. For example, if the painting is to be predominately blue, then blue is used as the under painting.

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.
My aim as an artist is to be the observer penetrating with eyes and heart this material world to realize and visualize at its core its ultimate corporeality, through Realism."

Awards:

2011 The Pastel Journal Unison Award, Cincinnati, OH
2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, NYC, NY
2005 The Pastel Journal Grand Prize Award, Cincinnati, OH
2005 Outstanding Still Life Award, National Pastel, Old Forge, NY
2005 Finalist CIVA catalogue, Gordon College, MA
2005 North Light Books Award, The Best Of Pastel, Cincinnati, OH
2004 Finalist Sennelier Pastel Competition, Novato, CA
2004 Finalist Pastel Journal Competition, Cincinnati, OH
2003 Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts Award, Chautauqua, NY
2003 First Place Award, La Fond Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2001 Harris Popular Award, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
1999 Honorable Mention, Sacred Arts Exhibit, New Brunswick, GA
1998 3rd Place Artist's Magazine, Still-Life Category, OH
1997 Purchase Award, Americas 2000, ND

Selected Exhibitions:

2011 MME Fine Art, Kindred Spirits
2011 St. George Calvary Church, NYC, NY
2011 William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
2010 William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
2010 Appalachian Pastel Society,Candler, NC
2010 Seeds Fine Art, Orange, CA
2010 Bella Vista Fine Art, Asheville, NC
2009 White Stone Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Anthony Brunelli Gallery, Binghamton, NY
2009 Gordon College, The Gallery at Barrington Art Center, Wenham, MA
2009 William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
2009 Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY
2008 Everson Event, Cazenovia NY
2008 Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY
2008 Anthony Brunelli Gallery, Binghamton, NY
2008 Gallery of CNY. Cazenovia, NY
2008 William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
2008 B.T. Roberts Memorial Hall Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
2008 Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY
2008 Delevan Art Center, Syracuse, NY
2007 William Baczek Fine Art, Northampton, MA
2007 Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, Morristown, NJ
2007 Edgewood Gallery, Dewitt, NY
2007 Up Stream People Gallery, NY
2006 Schweinfurth Memorial Art Gallery, Auburn, NY
2006 Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY
2006 Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2006 Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME
2006 William Baczek Fine Art, Northampton, MA
2006 Up Stream People Gallery, NY
2006 Arte Sagrados, Concordia University, Austin, TX
2005 Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition, Rochester, NY
2005 Jacklyn Kling Fine Art, Montclair, NJ
2005 Susan Calloway Fine Art, Washington, DC
2005 Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY
2005 William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
2005 CIVA National Exhibition. Azusa U., Azusa, CA
2005 Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY
2005 Northeast National Pastel Exhibit, Old Forge, NY
2005 William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA
2005 Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill
2005 Up Stream People Gallery, NY
2005 Celebration of The Arts, Dewitt, NY
2004 Taylor University, Upland, IN
2004 Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
2004 Design Gallery, Smith Hall, S.U., Syracuse, NY
2004 Chancellor Gallery, Administration Bldg., S.U., Syracuse, NY
2004 Kling Arts Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2004 Cazenovia Gallery, Cazenovia, NY
2003 Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, NY
2003 La Fond Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2003 Period Gallery Omaha, NE
2003 Arte Sagrados, Concordia University, TX
2002 Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY
2002 Gallery, Cazenovia, NY
2002 Everson Biennial, Syracuse, NY
2002 Marywood University, Scranton, PA
2002 Schweinfurth Memorial Art Gallery, Auburn, NY
2002 Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME
2002 Finger Lakes College, Canandaigua, NY
2001 Houghton College, Houghton, NY
2001 Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY
2001 Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME
2001 Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA
2001 Schweinfurth Gallery, Auburn, NY
2001 Artes Sagrados, Concordia University, TX
2001 Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
2001 Arnot Museum of Art, Elmira, NY
2001 Esmay Fine Art, Rochester, NY