American realist painter and teacher Christopher Gallego (b. New York 1959) pairs intense observation with direct technique to bring simple everyday objects and spaces, typically his surroundings, to life.
His influences include Morandi, Dickenson and Velazquez, the artist claiming that his passion is not for the masters but for the poetry of the visual world itself.
He was trained at the School of Visual arts, the National Academy School of Fine Arts and the Art Student’s League (current faculty member) all in New York.
Fellowships include the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Rathbone Family of Art Historians.
A partial list of exhibitions includes OK Harris, Seraphin Gallery, Hirschl & Adler, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Arkansas Arts Center, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and the Rockefeller Fund.
His work has been enthusiastically reviewed by New York Times, Art in America, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the New York Sun.
Gallego's monthly blog posts are read by tens of thousands of artists and non-artists worldwide. He lives and works in New York.