Nate Giorgio, American (1962 - )

Nate Giorgio

Renowned for his celebrated paintings, Nate Giorgio is one of todays most respected fine artist’s. Combining the many styles of his classic techniques with a modern flair, his paintings have developed a fan base that includes collectors around the globe. Early in his career, Giorgio signed an exclusive contract in 1984 to be Michael Jackson’s personal artist and created dozens of paintings that were displayed in Jackson’s home and used on various commercial and private projects such as albums, books, and merchandise. In addition to producing portraits for some of the world’s most influential people, his figurative and landscape paintings have been the subjects of exhibitions worldwide, with works residing in many significant private collections.

Born in upstate New York, Nate Giorgio began his professional art career in New York City and later opened his own studio accepting private commissions. Giorgio’s work is characterized by his extremely skillful technique and handling of color, greatly inspired by the legends in the art world, such as Pablo Picasso and the great renaissance masters. Moving from one style to another, Giorgio conveys a wealth of inspiration and imagery, making his art unforgettable. Giorgio’s boldly conceived landscape paintings show a deep reverence for nature with raw power, and he counts his contemporary gold and silver leaf fine paintings as his most significant contributions to the world of art. His strongly modernist figurative works, mixing rich textures and metallic finishes, convey his unique vision and style as an unrivaled artist. Giorgio resides in Los Angeles, California, where he accepts private commissions and continues to exhibit and sell his work throughout the world.

Artist Statement: “An artist paints ideas, concepts.” When I create a painting I like to mix many different techniques and mediums. The combination of ink, oil, pastel, and watercolor give my work the style and originality I strive for. The most important thought in my mind when I’m painting is the work must be different from other artists, original, and totally unique. My art must have soul.

Technique: I love to work on paper as much as canvas and I consider my graphic, bold ink paintings some of my finest work. My technique is very different from other painters and I’m often asked how I get certain looks in my paintings. I feel it’s the combination of materials and techniques blended together that give my work this unique look.

My portrait paintings combine a variety of techniques I’ve been developing for years. I start by blocking in large soft transparent tones in thin layers of paint, followed by more layers of color bringing out details from the background washes. To me, painting is about being spontaneous and expressive with a brush or medium to truly capture a mood or effect, the essence of a subject. I love to stand in front of my board with raw basic materials such as inks, oils, and graphite to create. An artist must try and reach “simplicity” in his art, this is why I constantly work on my figurative style of painting, stripping away unnecessary colors and strokes. I try and let the subject determine which medium or technique I’ll use, this keeps the art fresh from one painting to another.

A great work of art should take the viewer to another place and time, this is what fine art is to me, a combination of skill and the ability to move the viewer.

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