The NRCA Rotunda Gallery’s fall exhibit will be “The Art of Richard Giglio”, with the opening reception on Wednesday, September 12, from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Richard Giglio was raised in New Rochelle, and graduated from Pratt Institute. In his early years as a young artist Giglio lived in Manhattan and worked as assistant to the legendary Gene Moore, Display Director of Tiffany & Co. and Bonwit Teller. Like his contemporary Andy Warhol, Giglio created background art for Bonwit Teller’s fashion windows as well as original artwork for Tiffany & Co and Bloomingdale’s. Giglio spent many years covering the couture collections in Paris, London and Milan, contributing his fashion illustrations to Glamour, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Harpers- Queen, and The New York Times. He continued his commercial art career creating illustrations for Henri Bendel, Seventh on Sixth and textile designs for Donghia Inc.
Richard Giglio’s art is a synthesis of his life long passion for drawing from live models, the rhythm of great jazz music and the pulse of contemporary culture. Giglio cited three major influences in his life and art: Henri Matisse, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas. His work is rendered, both in the stark, graphic contrast of charcoal, the blackest Japanese ink and the boldest, most vibrant hues of tempera, acrylic paints and oil pastels. Giglio’s work adorned the pages of Vogue, The New York Times, Italian Vogue’s Per Lui and a special collaboration, in 1986 with the famed photographer, Bruce Weber, for his book, “O RIO.”